Mosul University network which covers most of its departments and colleges has been implemented in a star topology using fiber optic cables and Cisco switches. In order to participate in optimizing the network performance by minimizing broadcast and collision domains, a proposed network (as an example) for the Engineering College based on VLAN technique has been developed using the network simulator software (OPNET IT GURU). The suggested model could be applied to other colleges. The results being obtained represent the optimum possible improvements in terms of node delay, throughput and minimizing unnecessary traffic to avoid network congestion.
Keywords: Network Simulation, OPNET, VLAN, Switch