User Tools

Site Tools



Preparing to Teach "The Internet of Things"

Track Room Location: Heritage Hall, room 134


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure. This course will prepare students to install, configure and maintain these devices.

IoT implies the idea of a totally connected environment where computer technology can assist in the management of the residential, industrial and commercial environments. The management tools can be programmed or directed to distribute both incoming and outgoing Internet data, audio/video streams, lighting and environmental controls.

The control and management of IoT systems can go from simple to complex depending on the needs, ability and budget of the particular environment.

IoT systems require a number of diverse components to work together. Components such as audio/video systems will integrate into the data network (media servers/clients for example). But, even though a complete integration solution might be the ultimate desire, much of the technology implementations can be built and controlled as independent modules that are connected to various appliances and devices in the residential, industrial or commercial environment.

There are six major categories of IoT technology systems that we will be working on:

  • Networking and Internet connectivity
  • Audio/Video signals reception and distribution
  • Telecommunications (Voice Over IP)
  • Security and Surveillance
  • Environmental Control Management (including lighting and HVAC controls)
  • Appliance Automation and Control

Developing and deploying meaningful and quality hands-on IoT assignments for students can be challenging. Issues such as types and costs of IoT sensors, software licensing, space considerations, increasing student time on task and allowing enough access to a lab environment are just a few of the challenges faced by instructors wishing to teach IoT. These and other challenges will be addressed in this flexible hands-on class.

This course will have participants “get their hands dirty” by walking through various lab assignments in support of IoT technologies. Labs will be both “high-touch” and virtual. All of the exercises demonstrated and performed during this course can be done in a typical networking classroom/lab (such as A+, Network+ or Cisco).


  • Basic Networking (IP Addressing and Subnetting; Basic Routing and Transport Protocols; VLANS and QoS)
  • Wireless Setup and Security
  • Microsoft Windows and/or Linux Operating Systems (primarily file management)
  • Basic Programming (Python is the most common language used in IoT, but a little knowledge of Java or C++ will be fine)

Learning the Internet of Things, Peter Wahler, Packt Publishing, 978-1-78355-353-2
Internet of Things (A Hands-on-Approach), Arsheep Bahga &Vijay Madietti, 978-0996025515
We are trying to get copies donated.

Other suggested titles
The Internet of Things, Samuel Greengard, MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series, 978-262-52773-6 (preferred)
Designing the Internet of Things, Adrian McEwen & Hakim Cassimally, Wiley, 978-1-118-43062-0
Building the Internet of Things, Maciej Kranz, Wiley, 978-1-119-28566-3



Bill Saichek
Professor, Computer Science and Information Systems
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

Bill Saichek has worked in the computer industry since 1976 and has been a professor teaching networking, communications, operations and security classes since 1991, most recently at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa California. He has also taught networking and communications classes for Chapman University, El Camino College and Long Beach City College. He holds Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine and holds several networking certifications. He has given presentations around the country on teaching networking topics as varied as Cloud Computing, Voice Over IP, IPv6 and the Internet of Things.

Three Objectives
At the completion of this track, the participants will be able to…
1. Summarize how the cross-discipline focus of “The Internet of Things” is changing the IT paradigm and how we are finally on the path to a “converged” network.
2. Describe the essentials of in-depth, hands-on, interactive labs that have been (and are still being) developed in the various aspects of IoT (see below for a list of some of the labs).
3. Include IoT activities into their IT and Networking curriculum and to assist them in implementing their own IoT course offerings.

Labs That Are Directly Related to the Internet of Things

  • Setup a wireless (and wired as well) network on a “residential” network and implement OpenVPN access using DD-WRT routers.
  • Build NAS servers (using open-source FreeNAS, Open Media Vault and XPEnology) and connect them to the “residential” network.
  • Build a small VoIP environment using Asterisk and connect it to the residential network.
  • Build a Media Server (using Plexserver) and access content using a variety of devices from both inside the residential network and from the Internet via the VPN
  • Setup and configure a Lighting Control system using Phillips Hue, Sylvania Osram, GE Link and LIFX lighting onto the residential network and control from iPads and Android devices.
  • Setup and configure “Smart” thermostats (Nest, Honeywell, Lenox, etc) and allow for access over the Internet.
  • Setup smart door locks (Kwikset and Schlag) and doorbells (Ring)
  • Setup a surveillance system on the residential network using inexpensive IP cameras and free PVR software (such as iSpy and Camera Viewer Pro). Additionally, the cameras can be viewed over the Internet using iPads and Androids.
  • Setup and configure home control systems using iPads and Android devices
  • Develop custom “activities” using microcontrollers such as the Samsung SmartThings hub, Amazon Echo and Home Assistant (using Raspberry Pi computers)

Devices used:

  • Computers (PCs and Macs)
  • Raspberry PIs using RasPlex
  • Mobile devices (iPads, iPhones and Android)
  • Amazon FireTV, Apple TV, and Roku boxes
  • …and any additional labs that can be developed.


Day 1:
Build out the Network Configurations
Resource Sharing
Internet Connectivity
Network Protection

Voice Over IP (VoIP)

Day 2:
Media Storage and Content Distribution
Streaming Media
Media Servers
Storage Servers

Home Theatre and Home Audio / Video Systems
Media Room Audio & Video
Distributed Audio & Video

Day 3:
Home Lighting and Control Systems
Control Systems Types
Implementation Techniques

Security and Surveillance Systems
Video Surveillance and Integration

Environmental Control and Management Systems
Control Systems Programming

Day 4:
IoT Application Development
Aruduino Microcontrollers
Home Assistant using a Raspberry Pi as a Microcontroller
Samsung SmartThings Microcontroller
Amazon Echo / Alexa Skills Kits

Day 5:
Review of Labs and Materials
Wrap Up Discussion

Please note that content is subject to change or modification based on the unique needs of the track participants in attendance.

iot.txt · Last modified: 2019/05/15 12:19 by admin