This capstone course investigates how the public switched telephone network (PSTN) today can allow for billions of simultaneous voice and data communication paths to coexist nation wide and world wide. Using electronics and networking knowledge from other courses, students investigate how both telephone and computer connections are made through the PSTN. Students become familiar with the physical hardware making up the outside plant and gain insight as to how the various switches found in the PSTN automatically route phone calls and data transfer using twisted pair (copper), microwave, and fiber optic media. Three class hours, three laboratory hours.
Prerequisite: TLC 101 and TLC 111; corequisites: CPT 115 and ELT 232 (or ELT 121 and ELT 112).
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Spring Semester 2014