Cisco Networking Laboratory

Swinburne's Networking Laboratory can be used to build large-scale broadband networks and provides industry-accredited Cisco training for students studying electrical and telecommunications engineering and networking.

Students working in Swinburne's million dollar CISCO Networking Academy



Six state-of-the-art labs. 17 network racks. 700 Cisco devices. Endless opportunities.

These make up Swinburne’s new $1.1 million Cisco Networking Academy, designed to teach students the skills required to thrive in a digital economy.

The lab is used to help train the next generation of telecommunications engineers and data networking specialists. Each student workstation can set-up, control and enable a wide range of real world networking environments, from small to extremely large and complex networks.

With more than 200 routers and 200 switches, the lab is one of the largest in an Australian teaching institution. It is better equipped than some internet service providers, allowing students to gain extensive experience on real networks.

Advanced virtualisation technology

The lab provides a scalable and extensible environment for designing, building, and testing real network platforms. The environment uses the SmartRack solution with advanced virtualisation technology.

SmartRack is a combination of technologies which are used for the teaching of Cisco related curriculum. The technologies include:

  • Physical Cisco hardware
  • Remote power control and remote console access
  • Virtual Area Network (VAN)
  • VMware Player
  • VM Launcher and High speed Virtual Machine (VM) downloader
  • Gordon for installing images onto the Cisco equipment
  • SmartRack servers
  • SmartRack website
  • NetControl marking server


Dr Antonio Cricenti
Chair, Department of Telecommunications, Electrical, Robotics and Biomedical Engineering
Phone: +61 3 9214 5506