This paper describes the design of a Local Area Network (LAN) diagnostic package This program will contain "confidence" type test routines, and commands designed to aid in detecting failures and improve the use of the LAN services during normal operations. The approach selected requires installing the same copy of the program in selected bus interface units(bius) and a subset in all the others bius. Those bius containing the full set of options are the controlling nodes; more than one controlling node can run concurrently its own diagnostic program. Messages generated when exercising the different resources and interfaces of the LAN will be stored and/or displayed on appropriate positions. As a minimum the LAN will have one controlling node which will be the location of the LAN's technical control. The diagnostics will provide data to aid in mana-ging the system, accepting or declining requests for connections, allocating additional ports, declaring sectors inoperable, off lining nodes, devices, functions, and reconfiguring the system as necessary. Host computers can optionally have the full blown diagnostic program, which allows them to be a controlling node, or a subset of the diagnostic program with enough capabilities to interface with its host front end biu (hfe). The diagnostics will have its own application protocol and will utilize the ser-vices of the Internet Protocol (IP) to transport messages to their destinations.