The centrepiece of the Open Networking Lab is the network simulator PT Anywhere. PT Anywhere can be accessed on any web-browser, and allows learners to design, implement and run virtual communication networks that would otherwise require expensive hardware.

PT Anywhere representation of a simple internet-connected local area network

In a network like the one shown, each component must be correctly configured. A PT Anywhere network is configured just as a ‘real’ network would be. When settings are applied correctly, the simulation behaves like a properly configured network. Data sent from one device to another will be received by the correct device. During configuration, PT Anywhere gives users feedback on how the network is functioning to aid troubleshooting and problem solving.

More advanced work will introduce students to network design. Large institutions, for example, typically have differently configured networks for online retail, real-time audio-visual traffic or teleworking. Each network typically requires particular properties, such as resilience, speed, remote access and security. Network-design skill is essential for the creation of networks and subnetworks for particular functions.

Links to the learning resources produced by the project will be added here as soon as they are published.




Open Networking Lab website has been launched

Alexander Mikroyannidis

The Open Networking Lab website is now available to the public. The website will serve as the main online point of reference for the project. It will offer background information about the project, including details about the project's objectives and team members. The Open Networking Lab website will also list the latest news about the project, as well as offer access to the online learning...

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