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Networking Appliances Explained

posted in Education, Training
by on January 5th, 2012 tags: , ,

If you’re new in the networking field and are faced with a complex network design, or are asked to design one, it can be a difficult task understanding what everything does. The certifications don’t cover it all: there’s so much more to networking than just routers and switches.

Therefor: an explanation about various appliances you’ll likely meet or need in a company. An appliance is a device that performs a specific purpose. Most simple example is a router: it’s actually a computer, but it can only provide routing. Here’s a list of other common devices:

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ICND1 Practice Labs

posted in Education, Training
by on February 2nd, 2011 tags: , , , ,

I’ve created a handful of configuration and troubleshooting labs to help CCENT candidates refine their skills in preparation for exam day. These labs cover a good portion of the core ICND1 IOS fundamentals and require a thorough understanding of the Cisco IOS to complete.  Some labs do present unexpected obstacles not covered within the lab objectives to help demonstrate specific networking theory under normal conditions.

All routers that do not require configuration changes are locked.  Some labs may also only allow for Telnet or SSH connections.  It’s up to you to configure each device as you would remotely in the field or on the exam to complete each of the lab objectives.  These labs can get a little tricky and were designed to give capable ICND1 candidates with reasonable IOS experience a headache, so be patient.  When finished with a lab, you may compare your results with the provided answer sheet.  Have fun!

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Cisco Networking Academy – LAN Switching and WiFi

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by on January 11th, 2011 tags: , ,

Last month I wrote about Cisco Networking Academies: Network Fundamentals and how the complex flash designed online classroom takes you through a massive sightseeing tour of modern network technology laying the foundation for the more complex education and curriculum held within the Network Academy.  This month I brushed myself off and took a giant leap into the wide world of LAN Switching and WiFi!

I remember opening up my LAN Switching course acceptance email from Aubrey Adam’s (one of the authors/SME of the Network Fundamentals course) explaining to me how some of his students take for granted the educational worth of the Networking Fundamentals and made me really think about what it means to be in the field of networking and why I’m here to begin with.  His e-mail really drove home the realization of what the field of networking means to me and how fortunate I am to have the level of support I do in my pursuit for the CCNA.

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Accelerating through Cisco Networking Academy Network Fundamentals

posted in Education, Training
by on November 29th, 2010 tags: , ,

Taking some time to reflect on the unique experience I’ve had so far with this course has made me come to the conclusion that there is no substitute for the quality of instruction this class offers when studying for the CCNA Certification. It’s been an absolute pleasure to painfully and methodically work through each one of these Networking Fundamental’s 11 chapter hands on lab’s and Packet Tracer activities remotely with minimum instructor direction. Typically a student has a 18-22 week period (semester) of instructor led classroom time (of 2 to 4 hours) with Cisco lab equipment to complete this prerequisite class for rest of the CCNA Exploration courses. However, I was given the opportunity to complete the course at my own pace; so I ended up completing it in about 2 weeks.

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