Philip Smith

Senior Network Engineer | NSRC

Philip Smith has been working in the Internet industry since the early 1990s after catching the Internet bug in the mid 1980s while at University. He runs his own consulting company, PFS Internet Development.

Philip spends some of his time working for the Network Startup Resource Centre as a Senior Network Engineer and Training Coordinator, assisting with Network Operations Groups coordination, and providing network design assistance and training around the Pacific, South and South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

09:00 - 17.30 Workshop

Sunday to Thursday 23-27th of Oct

Campus Network Design and Operations

This is a technical workshop, made up of lecture and hands-on lab work to teach the skills needed to design, build, operate and manage any organisational network infrastructure according to current best practices.

Participants in this course will learn about:


  • Core organisational infrastructure design best practices
    • Network design principles
    • Physical infrastructure (cabling and cabling installation)
    • Fibre optics
    • Switching (spanning tree, VLANs, L2 best practices)
    • Routing (static routing, IS-IS, and BGP)
    • IPv4, IPv6 and deploying dual stack infrastructure
    • Choosing routers and switches
  • Campus security implementation and best practices
    • Acceptable use policies
    • Monitoring
    • Firewall placement

These skills will in turn drive an increase in organisational network performance, security and reliability. In turn this will improve the day to day Internet experience of end users.

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