IS- 162 Final Exam Winter 2011
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True/False (2 ea)
1. [ ] (TF) 8 bit parallel ribbon cable is highly preferable to serial cable for connecting
devices further apart than fifty feet.
2. [ ] (TF) Any processing or transmission of analog signals will degrade the signals.
However, a well designed digital channel will deliver perfect data as long as design
parameters are not exceeded.
3. [ ] (TF) RJ-45, Registered Jack 45, refers to the important job of documenting the
connections while wiring a building. This would be the 45th jack in a registered punch-
4. [ ] (TF) Spread Spectrum is a transmission mode in which a broad band is used.
Normally the transmitter and receiver frequency hop, using a pseudo-random sequence.
5. [ ] (TF) A subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 allows for about 255 nodes in the local area
6. [ ] (TF) ADSL does not have the same uplink speed as downlink speed.
7. [ ] (TF) Collapsed Backbone refers to a WAN that has crashed and no longer works.
8. [ ] (TF) Modulation is the imposition of information upon a carrier signal.
9. [ ] (TF) 66 blocks and 110 blocks are two versions of punch-down blocks on which
telecomm circuits are terminated.
10. [ ] (TF) Bluetooth has a longer range than 802.11 a.
11. [ ] (TF) A two-ring Sonnet ring is self-healing in most cases.
12. [ ] (TF) 10GBase-SW is used in Sonnet. It is one of the copper network standards
operating at the same 10 Gb/s transmission speed as fiber.
13. [ ] (TF) VPNs provide private networking, often spanning thousands of miles, using
14. [ ] (TF) Statistical multiplexing allows more flexible data transfer, usually resulting in a
higher information throughput rate than the nominal data throughput rate.
Mult. Choice (2 ea)
1. [ ] (ABCD) Wireless 802.11 g is characterized as:
A Uses the 2.4 GHz band
B Max throughput of about 54 Mb/s
C Nominal range = 100 M
D All of the above
2. [ ] (ABCD)Single mode fiber is:
A Thicker so it supports longer distance range than multi-mode fiber.
B Thinner and supports longer distance range than multi-mode fiber.
C Is not viable outside the protected environment of buildings.
D Came first. Multi-mode fiber is replacing single mode, since it can carry more signals
3. [ ] (ABCD) Polar satellite orbits are used primarily for:
A Long distance communications
B Satellite TV
C Research, Weather, and GPS
D Geosynchronous links.
4. [ ] (ABCD) The radiation patterns for various kinds of antennas vary in the following
order: (Tightest pattern first, broadest pattern last)
A Dish -- multi-element -- Dipole
B multi-element -- Dish -- Dipole
C Dipole -- Dish -- multi-element
D None of the above. All antennas radiate the same pattern.
5. [ ] (ABCD) When installing a WI-FI wireless net in a building, you should consider the
A Small metal items will scatter the signal
B Large metal items will reflect the signal
C Both A and B will reduce the integrity of the signal at different points.
D The signal cannot propagate through walls. Transmission is strictly line of sight.
6. [ ] (ABCD)If many functional channels are to be carried over long distances, which
mode transmission is applicable?
A Time-Division Multiplexing
B Many individual channels
C Frequency division multiplexing
D All of the above.
7. [ ] (ABCD) T – Carriers provide a variety of bandwidths (Thoughput rates) Which of the
following is correct?
A T- 1 – 64 Kb/s
B T – 5 -- about 274 Mb/s
C T-4 -- about 274 Mb/s
D T-3 -- 10 Mb/s
8. [ ] (ABCD) Some common modulation modes used in RF communications are:
A FM -- Frequency Modulation
B AM – Amplitude Modulation
C FSK – Frequency Shift Keying (for data)
D All of the above
9. [ ] (ABCD) Remote Desktop, a standard Microsoft application layer process, uses
A Is standard on all Windows operating systems.
B Allows risk-free access to your desktop from any internet site
C Both of the above
D Neither of the above
10. [ ] (ABCD) Of what use is the sequence number in the TCP header?
A Helps to re-assemble the data stream
B Identifies the sequence of the data in the packet
C Identifies the means of sequential data transmission, Async or synchronous
D essential to re-assembling the data stream
11. [ ] (ABCD) Digital Phase Modulation can be characterized as
A By changing the phase of signals to different parts of an antenna, the phase of the
antenna, (the pattern pointing direction) can be changed.
B Phase is a constant. It cannot be changed to modulate a carrier signal.
C A digital data modulation mode. A phase shift of specific angle indicates a
combination of bits for the Baud being sent.
D All of the above
12. [ ] (ABCD) In the IP datagram, the Total-Length field occupies 16 bits. Which of the
following is an acceptable packet length
A 11 bytes
B 65536 bytes
C 25600 bits
D 524288 bits
Fill-in (3 ea)
1. TCP occupies which layer in the OSI model?
2. Ethernet occupies which two layers in the OSI model?
3. Two remote access protocols are: (Give the acronyms and the names)
4. What do you call a LAN that segments different groups into subnetworks,
each with its own security, but they all use the physical network?
5. On which OSI layer(s) does each of the following operate?
6. A switch uses the destination address in the packet header to direct a packet
to its addressed destination. One switch mode reads the whole packet
before sending it. The other only needs to read the header before sending it
on. Name these two Modes.
Essay Questions (6 ea) Answer briefly, but succinctly
1. Identify three significant differences between IPv4 and IPv6.
2. Relate the 802.11 variants by carrier frequency, speed, and compatibility.
3. What role do IRQs (interrupts) play in communications between asynchronous devices,
especially devices that operate at significantly different speeds?
4. When installing a new wireless network, what are the important decision points? What
do you have to set, and why, at these decision points?
5. How can an Ethernet LAN be both bus and star topology?
6. In class, I briefly discussed the concept that interactions like those represented in the
Corning Glass video operate at a high level. What is the relationship between that high-
level intercommunications and the low-level networking of the individual items in the
house and workplace? Why did I try to separate the two levels? Limit your response to
two or three sentences.