Networks are an important part of the computer science curriculum… VR Network simulates the operation of a virtual network enabling students to understand how a local area network (LAN) works. All of this can be achieved in a virtual environment.
VR Network simulates the key processes in a typical network environment. The virtual computers simulate two workstations, administrator, server with RAID drives, network switch, modem and printer.
This software is great for learning how a network works.
As key processes are simulated and data flows between chips on the computers motherboard, data lines light up to signify data travelling through different parts of the network. Hard disk arms move when data is read/write.
3D graphics show the network components in amazing detail.
The network consists of two computers labelled 1 and 2 running windows. These two machines are typical of what you would find on a windows network.
The Motherboard is based one found in a PC with where support for a Network is built into the Motherboard. Great for use with computer science and computing curriculum to show how a network works.
The administrators computer is similar but includes a CD-ROM drive for loading software onto the server. The administrators computer has extra network privileges to enable specific tasks to be carried out.
The server features two CPU’s and two memory banks. A RAID hard disk system is simulated in the server.
The network switch has 8 LAN connectors and all virtual computers network drive, modem and printer are connected.
The network drive is used for backing up data from the server and other networked computers.
The ADSL modem simulates an internet connection all network computers use the modem to access the internet.
A network printer simulates printing from a networked computer.
A number of simulations demonstrate key network operations.
Send File to Server Send a file from computer 1 to the server.
Print a document Sends a document from computer 1 to the printer. Shows the printer printing the document.
Run a program from server Run a program on computer 1 that is loaded from the server.
Receive data from the Internet Receives on computer 1 data from the internet.
Send data to the Internet Sends data from computer 1 to the internet.
Send file to computer 2 Sends a file from computer 1 to computer2.
Receive file from computer 2 Computer 1 receives a file from computer 2.
Send file to network drive Send a file from computer 1 to the network drive.
Read file from Network Drive Reads a file from the network drive into computer 1.
Send message to Computer 2 Sends a message from computer 1 to computer 2.
Send Email Sends an email from computer 1 to the ADSL Modem.
Receive Email Receives an email on computer 1 from the ADSL modem.
Receive file from Computer 1 Receives a file onto the server from computer 1.
Run program from server on Computer 1 Runs a program loaded from the server on computer 1.
Receive file from Computer 2 Receives a file on the server from computer 2.
Run program from server on Computer 2 Runs a program loaded from the server on computer 2.
BackUp server to Network drive Shows a file being backed up from the server to the network drive.
Load CD ROM onto Server Loads a CD
Backup Network Drive to CD ROM Shows a file being backed up from the network drive to a CD on the administrators computer.
Send Email Sends an email to the ADSL Modem.
Receive Email Receives an email from the ADSL Modem
Copy file from server to computer 1 Copies a file from the server to computer 1.
Copy file from server to computer 2 Copies a file from the server to computer 2.
Copy file from Network Drive to computer 1 Copies a file from the network drive to computer 1.
Copy file from Network Drive to computer 2 Copies a file from the network drive to computer 2.
Send Message to Computer 1 Sends a message from the administrator to computer 1.
Send Message to Computer 2 Sends a message from the administrator to computer 2.
BackUp Computer 1 Simulates backing up a file from computer 1 to network drive.
BackUp Computer 2 Simulates backing up a file from computer 2 to network drive.
BackUp Server Simulates backing up a file from server to network drive.
BackUp Network Drive to CD ROM Simulates backing up a file on the network drive to a cd on the administrators computer.