Students working in the lab.
Internet Laboratory
Suresh Rai
Routers, switches, and other internetworking equipment for graduate student instruction.
Room 146 EE Building

Lab Highlights

  • Funded by STF (LSU), award from CAIDA, and equipment donations from LSU IT division.
  • Equipment includes Cisco 7000 routers, Cisco 2600 routers, and Cisco catalyst 2950 switches.
  • Graduate students first use an emulator to learn how to configure various topologies such as LANs, vlans, router on a stick, and WANS. They also learn to use switch and router command-line interfaces, and static and dynamic routing concepts.

Lab Courses

  • EE 7770 - Internetworking Principles

The Internet Laboratory provides hands-on experience to graduate students in the area of internetworking and helps improve their understanding of Internet fundamentals. They use routers, switches, PCs, and straight-through, crossover and DTE/DLE connectors to create various topologies. They use the equipments' command-line interface to configure networking equipment and learn to set up and study static routing, Routing Information Protocol (RIP), Open Shortest path First (OSPF), OSPF virtual links, and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). They also learn to set up Linux computers as routers to implement dynamic routing in the network. They also learn security in Cisco router’s console access and telnet access. All these experiments allow students to help understand how the routing protocols exchange network information and Cisco routers and switches are configured. We plan to include (i) HSRP (hot standby routing protocol) for fault tolerant IP routing and load sharing and (ii) Cisco router's access-list command, which is a powerful tool for controlling the behavior of packets and frames. It also helps understand how to increase network security by using access list.