IES-F1 Industrial Ethernet Foundation

This course will guide you through the technical ready fundamentals of the Ethernet LAN communication protocol, while exploring the critical role it has played in the progression of industrial networking.



Industrial Ethernet – An Introduction

OSI Model

Basic concept / how Ethernet fits into the OSI model

TCP/IP Protocol

TCP/IP packet structure / IP addressing / IP address types & Ethernet addresses / IPV6

Other Definitions

TCP/IP packet structure / IP addressing / IP address types & Ethernet addresses / IPV6

Application Protocols in Short


Infrastructure Components

Components of OSI layers 1, 2, 3

Architectures / Topologies

Bus / Star / Ring / Mesh

Wiring, Connectors and PoE

Wiring (copper cable / fibre optics cable / distances) Connectors (for twisted pair / fiber optics) Auto-MDI MDIX / auto-negotiation & flow control


No previous knowledge of Industrial Ethernet is required.

Learning Objectives

This course covers the following:

TCP/IP protocol and general concept

  • Explain the difference between “connection oriented” and “connectionless” mechanisms
  • Explain the concept of TCP/IP protocol suite
  • Describe the roles and mechanisms in each communication layer
  • Describe which networking devices operates in which communication layer
  • Understand the PDU format in Ethernet frame and IP packet
  • Explain how error detection in Ethernet works
  • Describe the difference between “store and forward” and “cut through” mechanism
  • Explain the concept of ”Power over Ethernet” and its standards

Ethernet and IP addressing

  • Explain the interaction of MAC address and IP address
  • Explain IPv4 classes and subnets
  • Calculate IP range, subnet ID and broadcast address in IPv4
  • Explain the interaction of “packet switch communication” and “unicast/ multicast/ broadcast communication”

Application Protocols

  • Understand basic concept of well-known protocols e.g.
  • Describe DHCP communication flows the role of each
  • DHCP packet
  • Understand the function of DNS in IP network
  • Explain the role of ARP protocol in IP and MAC addresses mapping
  • Explain interaction of ICMP mechanism and TTL value
  • Describe the communication components required by SNMP protocol
  • Understand the difference between SNMP v1/2v and v3
  • Explain the difference of SNMP operations


  • Explain basic concept of network topologies
  • Understand roughly the evolution of Ethernet standards e.g. 10/100 Base
  • Understand the basic concept of Ethernet communication over fiber optic.
  • Describe required communication components in fiber optics communication
  • Calculate power budget in optical communication



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