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Welcome to the iLabX Winter 2022


The iLabX - The virtual Internet Laboratory! (iLabX) is a lab course offered by the Chair for Network Architectures and Services at the Technische Universität München.

Course of a Lab Module

The iLab follows a unique learning scheme:

  1. Each module begins with an overview lecture that introduces the topic. The goal of the lecture is to get a very broad overview of the topic.
  2. After the group lecture the individual preparation phase starts. Supported by multiple choice questions each team member separately acquires the theoretical background by reading the provided material in the so-called "PreLab" and looking up things she or he does not know already. This preparation ensures both team members are aware of the topic and allows them to collaborate in a meaningful way during the practical part: the Lab.
  3. The practical ("Lab") part is done by in teams of two students each. This allows a meaningful operation where two students support each other and exchange knowledge in a way that is mutually beneficial. More information on the lab part is found in the sections below.

During the Lab you will answer lots of questions directly on this web portal. After all these forms are filled out, you are done (no other things like reports have to be handed in).

organisation of the exercise

Team Factor

An important aspect of the exercise is the team aspect. Everyone is different and so we all have different approaches and experiences with the lab modules.

A key factor for good teamwork in the practical part is a good individual preparation. The practical phase is meant as a cooperation of two persons with good theoretical knowledge on the topic. You become a theoretical expert via the introductory lecture and your individual preparation ("PreLab").

Both team members usually have their focus on different aspects of the preparation and so you can assist each other and extend each other's knowledge. The benefit can be very high as everyone experiences an approaches things differently.

During the practical part you will experience two different ways of solving things and hopefully have intense discussions about the answers you are composing. This active discussion about the topics will help you to memorize the learned content even better.

Schedule of a module

The lecture (~2h) takes place during the weekly meeting. You will have access to the theoretical material for your individual preparation already before the lecture (but looking at the material beforehand is not necessary).

Then you can directly start with your individual preparation. As this part consists mostly of reading the provided material students often start doing it on the weekend.

For the practical part you usually have a time frame of one week to finish it. In case you don't make it for justified reasons we offer a one week extension (but the next exercise is already running during that time so you have to catch up quickly).

iLabX is completely remote. To do the block course you will you the same environment for the tasks as during the MOOC - the vLab. The collaborative part is realized via screen sharing.

You can find the current schedule here.

Technical equipment

iLabX runs on your device, you will be provided a VirtualBox appliance that you can import on your machine. Make sure that you have a machine with an x86 architecture, at least 1GB of RAM and 1GB of memory.


Information on applying for this lab course can be found here.

To which modules does this course belong?

  • Praktikum - Internet-Praktikum - iLabX (IN0012, IN2106, IN4240) (10 ECTS)
  • For Electrical Engineering please contact us!
This element's history...
2022-10-24 15:19:21 Henning Stubbe
2022-10-24 15:13:06: Marc-Oliver Pahl
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