Published on 09 Oct 2018. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar
“Networking technology is at the heart of the Internet connecting devices and local networks with the global public Internet. Planning, designing, building, managing, and supporting IP networks all require dedicated networking skills”
- Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Cisco
Networking is a technology that is underrated or rather unknown to many people because of the way it works. It always operates behind the scenes in our homes and businesses & rarely does any individual think about it unless some problem arises in the operation of devices being used.
But as engineers, we need to observe and appreciate the innovation happening in networking to make our life easier.
If we look couple of years back, networking gave us the power of cloud computing through which we were able to store our data on cloud and also gave the super power to us by providing internet with 3G/4G networks. It also redefined the way we use Internet by giving us WiFi hotspots, wireless modems, tri-band broadband connections etc.
a. IOT Gadgets:
Networking technology not only makes our life easier by providing faster internet and other networks but also provide us with smart gadgets to use. IOT devices are one such example, which are penetrating into almost all the industries and homes. It is estimated that the market share of IOT devices will rise up to multi-trillions by 2020.
From Apple watch series to all the wearable devices, smart kitchens, smart electronics devices like bulbs, water monitoring device, security systems etc., every smart product that is being brought to us is an IOT product. Such is the pace in which networking products are reaching and assisting us in our day-to-day lives.
b. 5G Networks:
You might wonder, while 4G networks didn’t even reach many parts of the world, why to develop 5G networks. Just like how 4G networks was researched and developed for many years, 5G networks are also undergoing the same cycle.
Many reports suggest that with 5G networks, the maximum data rates may reach up to gigabits per second (Gbps) and it is estimated that more consumers will be inclined to shifting to this network in near future. Soon, you will be able to see the companies claiming to provide 4.5G & pre-5G products.
c. IPv6 Rollout:
IPv6 will soon replace the traditional internet protocol system that we are using currently (IPv4). With the adoption of IPv6, it will become much easier to manage subscriber accounts by the internet providers and you can also expand the available IP address to accommodate more number of devices.
IPv6 also come with other improvements like providing more security features to TCP/IP traffic management on the Internet. This will provide supreme power to administrators who manages home networks.
d. Artificial Intelligence:
With the latest technological advancements, the field of AI is advancing so fast and more computers & machines with some amount of intelligence are being developed at a rapid pace. All these machines need newer and efficient types of networks to function.
So, if you are an engineering student looking to build innovative projects, choosing the networking field as the area of interest will provide you a lot of future scope and learning opportunity.
Networking is surely a hot area and one with a lot of job opportunities. And as we saw above the demand is only going to increase in the near future.
However, the number of students and graduates looking for jobs in networking is also very high. So, it is very important to build a strong profile to beat the competition and develop a great career in networking.
Networking is a field that requires strong understanding of fundamentals. And it also requires you to be very good at hands-on implantation of concepts. A networking engineer is expected to work on a number of problems and develop solutions and so the industry prefers students who have good experience in solving real problems.
So we suggest students a 2 step strategy to crack a career in Networking.
If you like to do projects related to networking fields but not sure about the project topics, you can refer the below topics to get some good ideas.
Hope you got some ideas about the networking projects that you can do as part of your curriculum.
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All the best for your project!