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Digital Transport Adapter Control System Foundation


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  • 2 Days Course
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    Classroom + Online

    Course Details


    The Cisco® Digital Transport Adapter Control System (DTACS) Foundation Version 2.0 instructor-led course offered by Cisco® Learning Services is a lab-intensive course that introduces the Cisco DTACS features, functions and topology.


    You will learn the important theoretical concepts on which the Cisco DTACS is based and gain the practical knowledge and skills to operate and maintain the Cisco DTACS in your network. As an alternative to a set-top box, a Cisco DTA enables subscribers to watch digital broadband services on analog and digital televisions, as well as other display devices. This course takes a task-oriented approach to teaching the skills needed to understand and operate a Cisco DTACS for Cisco DTA management.


    This course combines lecture materials and hands-on labs throughout to make sure that you can successfully operate a Cisco DTACS.


    Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

    • Cisco DTA functions, hardware and software
    • Cisco PowerKey DTA (pkDTA) versus Cisco universal DTA (uDTA)
    • Cisco DTACS in the Digital Broadband Delivery Network
    • Cisco DTACS functions
    • Cisco Explorer Controller functions in the Cisco DTACS
    • Cisco DTACS 4.0 topology and key components
    • Cisco DTACS 4.0 conditional access topology: bulk encryption versus edge encryption
    • Cisco DTACS 4.0 dual-carry of PowerKey and Universal DTA traffic using DVB simulcrypt
    • Event Information Scheduler functions in the Cisco DTACS
    • Cisco Digital Content Manager (DCM) Netcrypt 2.0 functions in the Cisco DTACS
    • Cisco PowerKey Control Generator (PCG) 3.0 functions in the Cisco DTACS
    • Accessing and controlling the Cisco DTACS
    • Setting up a channel on the Cisco DTACS with pkDTA and uDTA simulcrypt
    • Synchronizing the Cisco DTACS with the Cisco EC database
    • Cisco DTACS service packaging
    • Broadcast Service Groups (BSGs) and Virtual Channel Tables (VCTs)
    • Cisco DTACS IP streams: service information (SI), authorization management message (AMM) and conditional access table (CAT)
    • Configuring the multicast for emergency alert messages (EAS)
    • Configuring Common Download
    • Managing Cisco DTAs
    • Operating and monitoring the Cisco DTACS


    • Module 1: Cisco DTACS Fundamentals
      • Lesson 1: Cisco DTA Basics
      • Lesson 2: Cisco DTA Control System Basics
      • Lesson 3: Cisco DTACS Topology
      • Lesson 4: Access Cisco DTACS
    • Module 2: Provisioning the Cisco DTACS
      • Lesson 1: Cisco DTA Provisioning Overview
      • Lesson 2: Cisco DTACS Service Packaging
      • Lesson 3: Managing Virtual Channel Tables
      • Lesson 4: Provisioning the Broadcast Service Group
      • Lesson 5: Configuring IP Streams
      • Lesson 6: Configuring Common Download
      • Lesson 7: Configuring Conditional Access
      • Lesson 8: Managing Cisco DTAs
      • Lesson 9: Synchronizing the Database
    • Module 3: Cisco DTACS Operations
      • Lesson 1: Controlling AMM Distribution
      • Lesson 2: Running Cisco DTACS Health Checker
      • Lesson 3: Troubleshooting Cisco DTACS

    Target Audience

    This course is designed for technical professionals who need to know how to operate a Cisco DTACS in their networks. The primary audience for this course includes:

    • System engineers
    • Technical Support personnel
    • Channel partners and resellers


    Following are the prerequisites for this course:

    • Completion of the training course, Activating and Operating a Digital Subscriber Network
    • Practical experience operating a Cisco Explorer Controller