You are looking at a very old, but free version of the course. If you are interesed the most recent version, check it out on the Perl Maven site.
Here you have a device like a router, or some other box connected to the network. Normally you would telnet to it and then interactively test the various commands to see if they work. In addition you might be able to fetch the raw configuration information where you can validate if the configuration values were written correctly.
Going even further after you configured the device somehow you can test it if the new behaviour of the device really can be observed: You connect other devices and ping this box or try to send packets and see if they get to the correct location.