An Overview of Network Simulation Tools in Teaching Computer Network

E. C amadi, C. Etus


Computer network technologies have been growing explosively. Teaching computer networking principles can be enhanced using simulation through the use of interactive (not statistical based) simulation. The curriculum is based on the theory that through networking simulation programs, students are able to graphically implement the concepts learned in their coursework. With networking simulation tools, students can construct, tune, and analyze network performance while reinforcing their understanding of networking theory. Network simulation tools save money by offering the user a tool to enhance the design and integration of networks. There are many network simulation tools that allow users to model LANs, MANs, and WANs on the market. In this work, we investigate the use of network simulation tools in teaching computer network. Network simulation tools provide students with the opportunity to freely experiment with virtual computer networks and equipment without the expensive costs associated with real networking hardware.
Keywords- Network simulation tools; Computer network; teaching computer network

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