We have looked at the various network topologies and hardware in previous pages (see under Networking). Now comes design and implementation. For a typical network configuration in use today that works well up to 50 users, the network elements that you need to consider are as follows:
"[The] above network elements are the basis for planning just about any network. It will address needs at local level quite effectively. Even for very large network, this configuration will work for local use. However, since technology changes quickly, networking professionals should keep abreast of the latest technology available and adjust these recommendations to incorporate the new version of configuration that better meet your needs."
"As you make the hardware selection above and adjust your basic network model, draw a map of your network. A map is the architectural plan on how to layout your network. It is also called network topology diagram. As you redesign the network, keep this map up to date, even during installation. It will be the permanent documentation of your network cabling and layout. Whenever network troubleshooting is required, this map will be invaluably useful. In future, when network expansion is required to accommodate company growth, this map is absolutely required for network review before the expansion plan can be formulated."
Here is a network implementation diagram we designed in Microsoft Visio as part of our Certificate III networking assessment:
Additionally, for "future proofing," it is necessary to consider the following four factors that may develop during the future utilisation of a newly implemented network:
See also: Cert III 2016 Network Implementation Plan [Microsoft .docx Format, 38KB] for a good all-round idea of what was expected of us in Certificate III networking assessments.