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Introduction to IP Networks (ITIPN)

Instructor - Willem Vermost

Manager Design and Engineering, VRT

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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the history and evolution of telecommunication, tracing its development from its inception to the present day.
  • Articulate the basic concepts underlying telecommunication, including key principles and fundamental components that form the foundation of communication systems.
  • Analyze and explain the physical layer of telecommunication systems, including the various transmission mediums, signal types, and modulation techniques.
  • Evaluate the role and functionality of the data link layer in telecommunication, encompassing concepts such as framing, error detection and correction, and data link control.
  • Examine the network layer and its significance in telecommunication, exploring topics like routing, addressing, and network protocols that facilitate efficient data transmission.
  • Understand the concept of multicast in telecommunication, including its applications, benefits, and the protocols involved in enabling communication to multiple recipients simultaneously.
  • Investigate the transport layer of telecommunication, covering aspects such as flow control, error recovery, and reliable end-to-end communication mechanisms.
  • Explore the application layer, delving into the protocols that enable communication between software applications.

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Welcome to Introduction to IP Networks (ITIPN). An added feature of this course enables you to select Closed Captions in the video lectures. The languages available for CC include English, Español, Français, Deutsch, Japanese, and Português. 


This course provides a comprehensive overview of IP networks, tracing their evolution from the early days of telecommunication to the modern internet. Participants will gain insight into connectors, cables, various network devices, and their functionalities. Additionally, you will learn how interconnected devices communicate within a network.

This course requires no prerequisites. Whether you're new to IP networks or seeking a refresher, this course is tailored to meet your needs. A dedicated module on Multicast, crucial for the media industry, is also included.

Professionals without prior IP network experience will find this course particularly beneficial. For those already familiar with the subject, it serves as an excellent refresher before delving into more advanced topics such as SMPTE ST 2110. By mastering these foundational concepts, participants will develop a robust understanding of IP networks, equipping them for further academic pursuits or practical application across diverse industries.

Program outline

Module 1: History and Evolution of IP
Module 2: Concepts
Module 3: Layer 1 The Physical Layer
Module 4: Layer 2 - The Data Link Layer
Module 5: Layer 3 - The Network Layer
Module 6: Multicast
Module 7: Layer 4 - The Transport Layer
Module 8: Layer 5 - The Application Layer