Assignment #1  ECE 487 (Data Communications Networks)


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Assignment #1
ECE 487 (Data Communications Networks) Section B1
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1. We need to connect 20 stations. How many links are needed in a mesh topology? How many
links are needed in a star topology? How many drop lines are needed in a bus topology? How
many links are needed in a ring topology (without counting the links that connect stations to
repeaters)? Here a link means a connection between devices. (4 points)
2. Suppose you are watching a video posted on our university website. Is your video watching
simplex, half-duplex, or full-duplex? Does your video watching use circuit switching or packet
switching? (2 points)
3. Please explain why packet switching needs to “store and forward”, and circuit switching does
not need. (4 points)
4. A company has an internal network. In the internal network, there are 10 wireless routers. All
the wireless routers are connected to a cable. Each device of the company gets access to its
closest wireless router. What topologies are used in the internal network? Please explain your
answer. (2 points)
5. Match the following to one or multiple layers of OSI model. In your answer, please give
names of the layers. For example, for Layer 1, you should answer “physical layer.” (8 points)
a) Reliable process-to-process message delivery
b) Route determination
c) Error detection and retransmission
d) Interface to transmission medium
e) Format and code conversion services
f) Provides access to the end user
g) log-in and log-out procedure
h) Responsibility for carrying frames between adjacent nodes

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