VLAN and Trunking Concepts, Protocols, and Configuration

In This Lesson We Will: Learn What VLANs are and why they are implemented Learn about Trunking and why it is important How configure VLANs and Trunking in your network VLAN Definitions: A VLAN is a Virtual LAN. This is a grouping of end devices within the same switch. A way to segment users byContinue reading “VLAN and Trunking Concepts, Protocols, and Configuration”

How To Configure Your Switch

In This Lesson We Will: Learn How To Connect Devices How to configure your Cisco Switch Learn Various CLI commands Configuring Your Switch Once you’ve unboxed your switch, it’s basically ready to go and forward traffic immediately after connecting it to your network. Switches are handy that way, they’re plug-n-play. However, they do require someContinue reading “How To Configure Your Switch”

Introduction to Network Switching

In This Lesson We Will Discuss Switching History Learn about Broadcast and Collision Domains Review How Switches Forward Traffic and the Methods Used A Little Backstory Today, switches are almost exclusively used to connect end devices to the network. This is because switches contain an algorithm that allows them to make forwarding decisions, i.e., whetherContinue reading “Introduction to Network Switching”

Dissecting The Routing Table

In This Lesson We Will Review components of the routing table Review how a router makes forwarding decisions by default Routing table and Routing Decisions The router has two primary functions when it received an IP packet on an interface: Determine the best path to forward the packet based on its routing table Forward thatContinue reading “Dissecting The Routing Table”

How to Download and Install Cisco Packet Tracer in 2 easy steps

Welcome back! If you’re studying for the CCNA 200-301 or just want to play around and learn Computer Networking, there’s no better place to start than Cisco Packet Tracer. Below is a breakdown of how to download packet tracer in 2 easy steps. Remember, if you want more tips like these, sign up for myContinue reading “How to Download and Install Cisco Packet Tracer in 2 easy steps”

Basic Routing Concepts

In This Lesson We Will Learn: How a packet is forwarded and how a router learns routes Dynamic Routing Protocols Administrative Distance How packets are forwarded by routers: There are two functions that accomplish packet forwarding: path determination, and switching. Path determination is, as the name suggests, is the process the router uses to determineContinue reading “Basic Routing Concepts”

Setting Up Your Cisco Router

In This Lesson We Will Learn basic configuration of Cisco Routers Learn CLI Syntax for Routers IP Addressing Troubleshooting Setting Up Your Cisco Router Unlike switches, which are basically plug-n-play, routers do require a bit more configuration before being deployed into a network. These basic configuration tasks are listed below: Name the router Set aContinue reading “Setting Up Your Cisco Router”

Introduction to Computer Networking

In this section we will: Learn the OSI and TCP/IP models Learn about the different networking devices Learn physical interfaces, cabling types, and various common network topologies Introduction to Computer Networking Just a side note before we get into it, this will be a longer study guide as it encompasses the basics of computer networking.Continue reading “Introduction to Computer Networking”