Length: 1 day
CEU Credits: 0.7
Course Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Certification of Completion: A Certificate of Completion indicating the total number of CEUs earned will be provided upon successful completion of the course.


"This course was probably the best I've taken in years. It went over everything I needed to know and covered practical concerns extremely well."  
- Jeff Lowe, Senior Automation System Engineer 

Ethernet is fast becoming the new standard for industrial control networking worldwide. Using process control concepts, this seminar explains both Ethernet and TCP/IP as they apply to the plant floor. Included are topics such as the various types of copper and fiber-based Ethernet, how to design Ethernet cabling systems, and principles of network security. You'll also look at the differences between repeaters, bridges, switches, and routers and how to correctly implement them. Real life examples and case histories will help you understand the truth about Ethernet and TCP/IP and how to use both effectively in your plant.

You will be able to:

  • Define what network protocols really are and how the OSI Reference Model helps organize them
  • Compare Local Area Network (LAN) topologies and cabling methods
  • Discuss media access techniques including CSMA/CD, token passing, and master/slave
  • Define the concepts of Ethernet LAN design in an industrial environment, using repeaters, bridges, routers, gateways, and switches
  • Explain the basics of TCP/IP and what it does for your network
  • Identify the principles of good network management, including network security, redundancy, and troubleshooting

You will cover:

  • What is Data Communications?: Special Requirements for Industrial Control | Protocols | Layering Protocols
  • ISO/OSI Reference Model: Layer 1-7 | Problems | Sample Suites | Protocol Stacks | Encapsulating the Data
  • LAN Technologies: What is It and What Does It Do? | Basic LAN Media | Broadband, Baseband, and Carrierband Signaling | LAN, Bus, Star, and Ring Topologies | Media Access Control Methods | Master/Slave | CSMA/CD | Token Passing | Virtual Circuits | Standards
  • Ethernet Overview: History | Variations | Topology | Data Transmission Rates | Signaling | Frame | Physical (MAC) Address
  • Ethernet Configuration Rules: 10BASE5 (Thicknet) | 10BASE2 (Thinnet) | 10BASE-T (UTP) | 10BASE-FL, FB, and FOIRL (Fiber) | 100BASE-T (Fast Ethernet)
  • Network Connection Hardware: Repeaters | Bridges | Routers | Gateways | Switches
  • TCP/IP Overview: Basics | Routing | IP Addressing Classes | IP Subnetting | IP Addressing Rules | TCP vs. UDP
  • Is Ethernet Ready for the Plant Floor?: Determinism | Myth and Reality | Ethernet in Practice | Ethernet Switches | Quality of Service | Upper Level Timing | Application Layer Protocols | TCP/IP Related (Internet) Protocols | Industrial Application Layer Summary | Cabling | Connectors | Hardware | Power Over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Industrial Ethernet Design: Designing Physical Network Infrastructure | Five Steps to the Design of Cable Systems | Communications Cabling | Standards | Distribution | Choosing the Right Cable | Cable and Cabinet Management | Noise or Bad Packets | IP Address Duplication | Loading and Broadcast Storms | Deliberate Intrusion | Network Architecture Design | Security Policy | Sample Filters | Network Redundancy | Network Management Software

If you wish to register offline, download the Training Registration Form, complete, and return to ISA with your payment.

Not sure this particular course is for you?
pre-instructional survey is available for you to evaluate your level of understanding of the course material and to show you the types of questions you'll be able to answer after completing the course.