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                                             Appendix A

Final Project Overview and Timeline
Final Project Overview
In the final project, you play the role of a network consultant hired to design a new network for a company
called Acme Manufacturing. Acme expects a network design document that includes your

The organization is growing and expanding their operations with the acquisition of a plant in China as well
as several other offices throughout the United States. The following are the requirements for the new
wide area network.

   The network should be designed using all new equipment.
   The design document must recommend the types of lines that should be used for each location (i.e.
    Ethernet, fiber, satellite, and so forth).
   There are multiple departments that must be grouped logically to address security. Locations:

    o   Headquarters—Atlanta, Georgia

           Houses corporate operations, marketing, administrative staff, and accounting

    o   Engineering—Atlanta, Georgia (across the street from the headquarters building office)

           Houses sales and engineering

    o   Distribution offices—Chicago, Phoenix, and New York

           Each distribution office has a small sales staff as well as administrative staff.

    o   Plant facility—China

   Weekly meetings are held in the corporate conference room at headquarters, with people attending
    from multiple locations, including China, New York, Chicago, and Phoenix.

Final Project Timeline
You should budget your time wisely and work on your project throughout the course. As outlined below,
some assignments in the course are designed to assist you in creating your final project. If you complete
your course activities and use the feedback provided by the instructor, you will be on the right track to
successfully complete your project.

 Suggested in Week One: Create a logical network drawing for Acme to depict the recommended
  WAN. Include the recommendations for the type of leased lines the company should choose at each

 Suggested in Week Two: Make recommendations on the type of telecommunications system that
  would work best for Acme: PBX or VoIP.

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 Suggested in Week Three: Define the IP address scheme, including the range of IP addresses,
  broadcast addresses, and subnets.

 Suggested in Week Four: Create a VLAN to appropriately address Acme’s concerns that
  departments that are not grouped together are logically connected.

 Suggested in Week Six: Make recommendations on network equipment that should be placed at
  each location. Also consider equipment based on the teleconferencing needs.

 Suggested in Week Eight: Provide a recommendation on how to secure the network. Make
  appropriate recommendations for wireless at Acme.

 Due in Week Nine: Submit your final project.

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