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What a CCNA Should Really Know

by Cheryl Schmidt and Kevin Hampton
Florida Community College, Jacksonville

1-57676-120-7

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(pp. A-31 and following)

What a CCNA Should Really Know is intended for one or more courses geared toward the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate). The book focuses on practical skills needed by a CCNA in the job market.

Some of the best features of the book include the coverage of difficult subjects in a step-by-step manner, good graphics to illustrate concepts, reinforcement questions, hands-on exercises in each chapter, and is written by two teachers (who understand the value of such a book in this field).

The text is organized as a logical progression through CCNA skills. From basic router configuration, What a CCNA Should Really Know advances through the more difficult subjects such as trunking, access lists, and WANS.

Features
Easy to Understand Exercises Each section is written in building-block fashion beginning at the most basic level and continuing on to the more advanced. Those taught using this method understand new technologies better because of a good foundation.

CCNA includes some basic networking concepts including binary and decimal numbering systems, subnetting, OSI model, and wild card masks.

Quizzes The Quizzes enable someone to study CCNA concepts when away from the routers and switches.
Tech Tips Tech tips are found throughout the chapters and are presented as highlighted and an owl to the left. The tips are not only for the exam, but for practical usage.
Hands-on Exercises Most lab books have hands-on exercises that have you type one or two commands to explain a concept and then, the book is on to another unrelated topic. What a CCNA Should Really Know presents information in an exploratory manner showing the “why” and “how” routers, switches, and networks operate.
Creative Learning Environment People do not learn by rote typing as most lab exercises are presented. Most CCNA books are either textbooks with baby step exercises or lab manuals that do not contain explanations as to why a particular command or technique is used. What a CCNA Should Really Know remedies this by presenting labs with detailed explanation and room to explore the material being demonstrated.
Case Studies The case studies are unique in that they combine learned skills into a milestone or checkpoint to determine if a particular skill level has been achieved. Most prospective CCNAs find this type of exercise to be challenging and fun.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Basic Routing
Objectives and Conventions
Quiz—Identifying OSI Layers, PDUs, and Devices at Layers 1 Through 3
Quiz—Identifying Network Symbols
Quiz—Binary-to-Decimal and Decimal-to-Binary Conversion
Quiz—Binary, Decimal, and Hexadecimal Conversions
Quiz—dentifying Private Addresses
Quiz—Subnetting
Quiz—Identifying Valid Hosts and Subnets
Quiz—Major Subnet Discussion

A Bit of Math Perspective
Physical Topology
Basic Router Configuration #1
Basic Router Configuration #2Useful Commands
Basic Router Configuration #3Passwords, Telnet, and HTTP
Router Password Recovery
ConfigMaker
TFTP
Static Routes
Default Routes
Understanding the RIP Routing Table #1
Understanding the RIP Routing Table #2
Using the Show CDP Neighbor Command
Router IOS Loading and Recovery

Chapter 2:  Switching/VLANs
Objectives and Conventions
Introduction to the 1900/2800 Switch (CLI, Menu, and Web-Based)
Understanding Spanning Tree Protocol
1900/2800 Switch Password Recovery
VLANs on the 1900/2800 Switch (CLI and Menu)
1900/2800 Switch VLAN Trunking (CLI and Menu)2-24
Introduction to the 2900 Switch (CLI and Web-Based)
VLANs and Trunking on the 2900 Switch
Introduction to VTP (VLAN Trunking Protocol) (1900/2800/2900 CLI
and 1900/2800 Menu)
Introduction to VTP Revisions

Chapter 3:  Advanced Routing
Objectives and Conventions
Wildcard Mask Review
Standard IP Access List
Introduction to Extended IP Access Lists
Protecting VTY Ports with an Access List
Unusual Standard Access List Processing
RIP Version 2 and Subnet Zero
RIP Version 2 Routing Table With Subnets

Chapter 4:  WANs
Objectives and Conventions
Introduction to Frame Relay
Introduction to Frame Relay Subinterfaces
PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol)
Introduction to ISDN

Chapter 5:  Case Studies
Objectives and Conventions
Case Study #1—Physical Configuration
Case Study #2—Basic Configuration A
Case Study #3—Basic Configuration B
Case Study #4—ISP Default-Static-Dynamic Network
Case Study #5—VLANs
Case Study #6—Routing Between VLANs
Case Study #7—Access Control Lists
Case Study #8—Final Accumulative Network Design and Implementation

Appendix A:  Answers
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