Network Security & Electronics (NET) Capstone Projects - Spring 2013
☆ Highest BS(NET) Exit Exam Score 2012-13 , CompTIA A+
SKY-Peak: Bridging SKYPE
International long distance charges are outrageous. You may end up spending ten dollars or more for one call back home when
you are on holiday outside the country. This was a problem for me. I want to travel around the world, but I also want to
contact my friends and family back home regularly. That is why I decided to create SKYE-PEak. It is a system that allows
me to use any internet enabled device, with a web browser and SKYPE, to connect to my homeís landline and make ďlocalĒ
calls. No matter where I am at in the world, I will be able to talk to my friends and family and it requires no subscription
Keywords: Arduino, SKYPE, DTMF, Shield, Pulse Dialing
Contact Email - jamiencaudill AT gmail.com
☆ CompTIA Network+
Database Reservation: Picking a Room
This project seeks to replace a pencil and paper room status chart with one based on a MySQL database. This process will save money by
reducing the need for pencils and paper by using free software.
Keywords: online reservation, MySQL
Contact Email - frankie_bailey4 AT mymail.eku.edu
In the world of modern technology Help Desk plays a vital role to the support of a company. When the IT
department has an error there is no help desk to call. A lot of company IT departments are turning to
internally hosted Wikis for fixes to problems the IT department may face. They can also be used for
change-logs to keep documentation of changes made to servers and machines.
Keywords: wiki, change-logs, IT help desk
Contact Email - brian.casey1986 AT gmail.com
Arduino Game Board
For my capstone I wanted to build an electronic game board using the Arduino microcontroller. The board would incorporate electronic
elements to create an easy to use interface to allow for the representation of the objectives & scenario zone marking for the
scenario detailed in the Warmachine and Hordes Steamroller scenario documents. My plan is to use the Arduino to allow players
to control player side selection and scenario selection and use LEDs imbedded into the game board to mark the scenarios.
Keywords: Arduino, microcontroller, electronic game board
Contact Email - shawn.denny AT gmail.com
Passive Network Tap
The problem that I am trying to solve is what I can use to help monitor the traffic on a network without being detected, and
without having to spend large amount of money. My solution is to build a passive network tap out of a spliced Ethernet cord
and four Cat 5e Ethernet ports. With this tap I can view the traffic off of my home desktop PC from my laptop. With this
tap along with some free packet sniffing software such as Wireshark, NetworkMiner, and NetWitness I will be able to view
information that the home desktop PC is viewing or has viewed.
Keywords: packet sniffing, Ethernet tap, passive network tap
Contact Email - richard_elswick1 AT mymail.eku.edu
College Students' Home Security
Home security systems can be very expensive. While living on a college budget, they are more than expensive, they are near impossible to get especially in an
apartment. I have becomre more aware of break-ins in my surrounding apartments and have had my car broken into several times over the past few years. So I have
decided to create a DIY home security system for my apartment, to protect my dogs and the valuables I have in my home. The Arduino microcontroller
based system is easy to install by yourself and is affordable at roughly $80.
Keywords: Home Security, DIY, Arduino, Affordable
Contact Email - sean_evans30 AT mymail.eku.edu
☆ AtomSphere Integration Cloud Certification
Home Network Server Support: The Fundamentals
For my project, I have implemented a server system within the home environment. What I have done to implement
this system was use two desktop computers as well as a wireless gateway with a leased line modem. The system I have
chosen to use is Windows Server 2012. The services that I have used in the entire project are the DNS and DCHP Services,
Active Directory, Windows Deployment Services, and Hyper V. I believe that these components are necessary in order
to have a fully functional server foundation. With these services implemented, I encourage every home user to be
creative on what they would want to do with their home server depending on the household size and the frequency of
the home computer usage. Also, this will become a positive learning experience for families across the globe and me.
My intentions for this project were to save money that most companies would pay for a typical corporate server.
The fact of the matter is that server administration, hardware, and software costs can get out of hand immensely
and it is important to come up with cost effective technology.
Keywords: home server, Windows Server 2012, active directory
Contact Email - nicholas_johnson37 AT mymail.eku.edu
For my project I decided to address a problem at work. Our technicians have to spend most of their time
working on common computer tasks. I decided it was time that we fix this problem. I wrote a program for
our technicians to use, which would allow them to do these tasks with a click of the mouse. It is also
easy enough to use, that other people within the schools could do these tasks so that the technicians would
not even have to go and look at the computers. The program is a single .exe file that can be ran from a flash
or a network share.
Contact Email - Kevin AT KevinLay.Net
Remote Security Solutions
RFID based security systems have major flaws in their system designs and therefore arenít as secure as people think they are.
The main problem with RFID based security systems deals with how they work. Most of these systems use cards that people swipe;
as long as your card is valid you get access. However, someone could easily steal someoneís card and then they are suddenly the
ones with access to everything inside. To solve this problem I have developed an RFID based security system with an extra layer
of protection involved.
Keywords: RFID, security, microcontroller(s), Arduino, electronic, electric door system,
Secure access control
Contact Email - tommy_long22 AT mymail.eku.edu
Thomas (Tommy) Miller
Web Design: An Adventure
This project involves the learning process of web design while having very little experience with it. Throughout the
process of building my website I learned a great many things. First and foremost I learned how to use a program called
Wordpress. Wordpress is a piece of software that was created to allow every day users to make and manage blogs.
Now the software has evolved to the point that you can make just about any kind of website youíd like. In my educational
adventure I used widgets, theme editors, php, css, html, and the GUI to design, tweak, and produce a functional ecommerce
website from the ground up. I found that some things I thought to be extremely difficult were made rather easy by this
software. On the other hand I also found that some of the simplest of things, like getting pictures to line up correctly,
were quite complicated by the nature of the interface.
Keywords: web design, Wordpress, theme editors, widgets, ecommerce
Contact Email - thomas_miller68 AT mymail.eku.edu
PETscape: Automated Pet Door
The purpose of this paper is to give a solution for pet owners who need to control when their pets can
go outside and to assist with the caregiving of their pets. Many pet owners stay very busy and canít
be at home enough to meet all the needs of their pet. An automated pet door would enable pets to gain
some freedom and take care of themselves if they need to go outside to the bathroom or access other parts
of the home. This project uses an Arduino Uno microcontroller that controls Infrared (IR) LEDs to sense
the presence of a pet, which then signals a motor to raise the door, allowing the pet access outside or inside. It will also
feature time-of-day security components as well as a buzzer to indicate that the door is in use. The Arduino can be used as
a stand-alone system that can be very beneficial in serving the needs of pets and their owners.
Keywords: Arduino Uno, C/C++ programming, open-source software, motor, buzzer, PIR motion sensor
Contact Email - joshua_montgomery30 AT mymail.eku.edu
Home Media Center Made Easy and Fun
Home media centers are a new aspect that is being added to homes everywhere. It provides the user an experience
that allows them to enjoy every piece of entertainment with the push of a button. My project is a DIY and
inventive way to make your media center, being able to take existing parts and making a device all your own.
Keywords: media server, home networking, Plex
Contact Email - brentleynew AT gmail.com
DIY Home Network
The main focus of this document is to outline the solution and steps taken to establish a fully functional home
network for a new home. In order for the project to be considered successful it must provide a LAN for several
users who want both wired and wireless connections, have network services within the router/firewall, provide
for centralized data storage and backup, and also provide for an easy to use and easy to control, affordable home
media center. The scope of the project includes using preexisting PC hardware for use in a router setup using the
openly available software Smoothwall, desktop switches, a wireless access point for wireless data transfer, parting
out a custom PC to build for use as a NAS - capitalizing on the open source FreeNAS software - and using a Raspberry
PI as a networked media center device. In this project, the NAS (Network Attached Storage) device can hold many
different pieces of data such as document backup, media storage like music, photos, and movies for the Pi, as
well as whole disk image backups. In order to control the Pi after initial setup, an iPad should be configured
as a remote control.
Keywords: PC hardware, Smoothwall Express 3.0, Raspberry Pi, OpenELEC, Raspbmc, XBMC, Wireless Access Point, switch,
Contact Email - twardr AT gmail.com
☆ CompTIA A+
RED Rover: RFID Enabled Door
I notice this problem one day when I was at my parents and ever since my nephew was born they had to install child safety gates.
This created a scenario where every time the pets needed through the gate my parents had to stand up open the gate.
So my solution was to create a RFID operated automatic pet door so they did not have to spend time letting the pets
through the gate. This would involve a putting a tag on the petís collar that when read by the RFID reader it would
sent a output signal to the stepper motor to run the door to let the pet through. Of course this would have to
involve some programming and I decided to use Arduino programming since the necessary components were available
and the community for support was there for troubleshooting.
Keywords: RFID, frequency range, tags, stepper motor, EasyDriver, Arduino
Contact Email - andrew_six2 AT mymail.eku.edu
For the past year or so I have been looking at custom built arcade cabinets and wanted to build my own.
When the capstone class came around, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I built a custom one player arcade
cabinet running on an old Windows XP machine. I am running MAME32 as my emulator and WahCade as my front end.
My arcade has over 100 games installed on it.
Keywords: arcade, joystick, encoder harness, Ubuntu
Contact Email - jordanterry121 AT gmail.com
DIY Engine Management System: Take Full Control over Your Car
The purpose of this project is to offer a way to grant car-enthusiasts full control over their automobileís engine
and electrical system. When a carís engine becomes highly modified, the factory issued engine control unit (ECU)
becomes insufficient for the automobileís requirements. With a complete standalone replacement ECU; this will give
the additional features that the factory unit cannot offer. These features include fuel delivery, spark tables with
timing adjustments, data logging, and electronic dashboards all configured by a laptop computer via serial or USB.
With a semi-complete do-it-yourself kit of a MegaSquirt 3X ECU, I will illustrate the steps I have taken to build,
modify, and incorporate the standalone electronic fuel injection controller for my car: a 1990-1993 1.6L Mazda Miata.
Keywords: Engine management system (EMS), Engine control unit (ECU), electronics, Printed circuit boards (PCB),
wiring harness, circuits, MegaSquirt EFI
Contact Email - ryan_ueltschi AT mymail.eku.edu
Charles (Mitch) Vernon
Have you ever been in the back country, or even in the front country and had your cellphone or other emergency device run out
of battery? You're probably out of luck because there aren't electrical outlets integrated into the wilderness. But there is
another option, solar energy. With the use of solar cells it is possible to generate enough electricity to power a hand held
device such as a cellphone, GPS, or other emergency device. Now, were not talking about a typical wall outlet that puts out
120V, this is a much slower process of around 5V. The reason we are using 5V is because that is the maximum safe output
through a USB port. Besides the start up costs of your solar cells and hardware, the charging rates of solar power are
Keywords: solar cells, USB charger, emergency device, cell phone
Contact Email - AntiqueAperture AT gmail.com
☆ CompTIA A+
Plex Media Server: Setup of Plex Media Server
I have a computer at home with a small desk in the room. I have almost 2 Terra Bytes (TB) of media taking up room on my computer. I want to be able
to watch my movies I have on my computer on the TV. Itís really frustrating watching a movie with my fiancť on a small computer monitor. I
really donít have room to put another hard drive in my computer case, so I came up with a resolution. I will build a stand-alone pc and
install a media server on it. This computer will be built for around $500 and will include a strong processor and plenty of storage and
room for storage expansion. Since I really donít have room to put it by the desk, I will install TeamViewer and put the computer in a
different location in the house. I will be able to remote in when needed to gain access to the computer. I will start out with a 2 TB
hard drive and go expand from there when needed.
Keywords: hard drive, media server, computer case, processor, memory
Contact Email - steven_white75 AT gmail.com
2013 Spring/Summer Graduates
Spring/Summer 2013 Computer Electronics Networking Programs (BS/AAS) grads.
Left to Right (first row): Josh, Andrew, Steven, Ryan, Jamie
L2R (second row): Roger, Nick, Sean, Jordan
2013 Fall Graduates
Fall Computer Electronics Networking Programs (BS/AAS) 2013 grads.
L2R (first row): Mitch, Tommy Miller, Richard
L2R(second row): Brian, Frankie
Computer Electronics Networking Programs (BS/AAS) 2013 grads and beyond.
L2R (first row): Tommy Long, Brent, Kevin
L2R(second row): Shawn
2013 NET Capstone Class
Computer Electronics Networking Programs (BS/AAS) 2013 capstone class
L2R (first row): Mitch, Steven, Andrew, Jamie
L2R(second row): Ryan, Shawn, Brent, Frankie
L2R (third row): Josh, Nick, Richard, Jordan
L2R (fourth row): Taylor, Tommy Miller, Kevin
L2R (fifth row): Brian, Sean, Tommy Long
Outstanding Network Security & Electronics (NET) Senior 2012-13
Ryne Purcell ☆
Required Capstone Presentation Template (pptx) or
Required Capstone Presentation Template (odp)
Capstone Presentation NOTES (pdf)
Capstone Presentation & Demo Checklist
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