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Cisco Networking Essentials

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An engaging approach for anyone beginning a career in networking

As the world leader of networking products and services, Cisco products are constantly growing in demand. Yet, few books are aimed at those who are beginning a career in IT--until now. Cisco Networking Essentials provides a solid foundation on the Cisco networking products and services with thorough coverage of fundamental networking concepts. Author Troy McMillan applies his years of classroom instruction to effectively present high-level topics in easy-to-understand terms for beginners. With this indispensable full-color resource, you'll quickly learn the concepts, processes, and skills that are essential to administer Cisco routers and switches.

  • Begins with a clear breakdown of what you can expect to learn in each chapter, followed by a straightforward discussion of concepts on core topics

  • Includes suggested labs and review questions at the conclusion of each chapter, which encourage you to reinforce and measure your understanding of the topics discussed

  • Serves as an ideal starting point for learning Cisco networking products and services

If you are interested in a career in IT but have little or no knowledge of networking and are new to Cisco networking products, then this book is for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dear Reader,
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the Author
  8. Contents at a Glance
  9. Contents
  10. Introduction
    1. Who Should Read This Book
    2. How to Contact the Author
  11. Chapter 1: Networks
    1. Describing Network Components
    2. Classifying Networks by Function
    3. Defining Network Architectures
  12. Chapter 2: The OSI Model
    1. Using Reference Models
    2. Introducing the Layers of the OSI Model
    3. Describing the OSI Encapsulation Process
  13. Chapter 3: TCP/IP
    1. Understanding the TCP/IP Model
    2. Describing the TCP/IP Encapsulation Process
    3. Describing the Functions at the Transport Layer
    4. Describing the Functions at the Internet Layer
    5. Describing the Functions of ARP
  14. Chapter 4: Protocols
    1. Understanding the Function of Protocols
    2. Exploring Application Layer Protocols
    3. Exploring Transport Layer Protocols
    4. Exploring Internet Layer Protocols
    5. Exploring Network Access Layer Protocols
  15. Chapter 5: Physical and Logical Topologies
    1. Designing the Physical Topology
    2. Designing the Logical Topology
  16. Chapter 6: Numbering Systems
    1. Exploring Binary Numbering
    2. Exploring Hexadecimal Numbering
    3. Applying Conversions
  17. Chapter 7: Classful IP Addressing
    1. Describing the Function of IP Addresses
    2. Identifying IP Address Types
    3. Utilizing Diagnostic Tools
    4. Understanding DHCP
    5. Introducing IPv6
  18. Chapter 8: Classless IP Addressing
    1. Understanding the Limitations of Classful Networking
    2. Understanding the Benefits of Subnetting
    3. Describing the Components of CIDR
  19. Chapter 9: Media
    1. Selecting the Proper Media Type
    2. Understanding Cabling
    3. Describing Wireless Standards
  20. Chapter 10: Network Devices
    1. Describing Device Functions
    2. Understanding Device Placement Principles
  21. Chapter 11: LAN Operations
    1. Understanding the Routing Process
    2. Describing the Switching Process
    3. Describing End-to-End Communications
  22. Chapter 12: Managing the Cisco IOS
    1. Describing Components
    2. Describing IOS Navigation
    3. Understanding and Managing the Boot Process
  23. Chapter 13: Configuring Routers
    1. Cabling the Router
    2. Creating a Console Session
    3. Configuring Passwords
    4. Configuring Interfaces
    5. Saving Configuration Changes
  24. Chapter 14: Configuring Switches
    1. Cabling the Switch
    2. Creating a Session with the Switch
    3. Configuring Passwords
    4. Configuring Interfaces
    5. Understanding Advanced Switch Functions
  25. Chapter 15: Configuring Static Routing
    1. Populating the Routing Table
    2. Configuring Inter-VLAN Routing
  26. Chapter 16: Configuring Dynamic Routing
    1. Understanding Routing Protocols
    2. Configuring Routing Protocols
  27. Appendix: Answers to Review Questions
  28. Index