Date of Graduation

5-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Advisor

Thompson, Dale R.

Reader

Parkerson, J. Patrick

Second Reader

Andrews, David

Abstract

With networks expanding into all areas of business, both network and security engineers are finding it more difficult to attend directly to issues. In many cases, a physical presence is still necessary on site to troubleshoot and identify issues, but on site, even carrying a bulky laptop is a hindrance. With today's advances in embedded systems, the answer to this problem is presented. A device running an embedded Computer on Module was built with a portable footprint, in both size and power requirements. A device of this type running an operating system like Linux is a powerful tool. In this project, we built such a device from a Gumstix Overo Computer on Module. The device is presented in a small form factor, 3" x 5" x 1¼", with a battery providing portability. Running OpenEmbedded Linux and equipped with a packet analysis tool, Wireshark, the device was shown to have the required memory and processing ability to perform the necessary data collection for network troubleshooting.

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