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31 Days Before your Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST) Networking 100-150 Exam: A Day-By-Day Review Guide for the CCST-Networking Certification Exam

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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-822279-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-822279-6

31 Days Before Your Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST) Networking 100-150 Exam is the friendliest, most practical way to understand the Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST) Networking certification process, to commit to taking your CCST Networking 200-301 exam, and to finish your preparation using a variety of primary and supplemental study resources.

This portable guide offers a complete day-by-day plan for what and how to study. From the basics of standards and concepts, to addressing and subnet formats, infrastructure, and security, youll find it here.

Each day breaks down an exam topic into a short, easy-to-review summary, with daily Study Resources pointing to deeper treatments elsewhere. Sign up for your exam now, and use this day-by-day guide and checklist to organize, prepare, review, and succeed!

How this book helps you fit exam prep into your busy schedule:

  • Daily calendar summarizes each days study topic, to help you get through everything
  • Checklist offers expert advice on preparation activities leading up to your exam
  • Descriptions of exam organization and sign-up processes help make sure nothing falls between the cracks
  • Proven strategies help you prepare mentally, organizationally, and physically
  • Conversational tone makes studying more enjoyable

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Table of Contents

Day 31: Networking Models 1

    CCST Networking Exam Topic 1

    Key Topics 1

    The OSI and TCP/IP Models 1

    Study Resources 4

Day 30: TCP/IP Layer Functions 5

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 5

    Key Topics 5

    The TCP/IP Application Layer 5

    The TCP/IP Transport Layer 5

    The TCP/IP Internet Layer 6

    The TCP/IP Network Access Layer 7

    Study Resources 8

Day 29: Data Encapsulation 9

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 9

    Key Topics 9

    Data Encapsulation Summary 9

    Encapsulating in Tunnels 10

    Study Resources 11

Day 28: Measuring Network Performance 13

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 13

    Key Topics 13

    Bandwidth, Throughput, and Goodput 13

    Sources of Delay 15

    Speed Tests 16

    Study Resources 20

Day 27: Network Topologies 21

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 21

    Key Topics 21

    LANs and WANs 21

    Topology Variations 26

    Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) 26

    SOHO Routers 27

    Hierarchical Campus Design 27

    Study Resources 29

Day 26: Cloud Computing 31

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 31

    Key Topics 31

    On-Premises Computing 31

    Cloud Computing 32

    Cloud Computing Services 33

    Server Virtualization 34

    Study Resources 36

Day 25: Transport Protocols 37

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 37

    Key Topics 37

    TCP and UDP 37

    Study Resources 42

Day 24: FTP, NTP, and ICMP 43

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 43

    Key Topics 43

    File Transfer Protocols 43

    NTP 46

    Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) 48

    Study Resources 53

Day 23: HTTP, DHCP, and DNS 55

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 55

    Key Topics 55

    HTTP 55

    DHCP 57

    DNS Operation 61

    Study Resources 62

Day 22: Private Addressing and NAT 63

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 63

    Key Topics 63

    Private Addressing 63

    Reserved Addresses 63

    NAT Concepts 64

    Study Resources 68

Day 21: IPv4 Addressing 69

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 69

    Key Topics 69

    IPv4 Addressing 69

    Subnetting in Four Steps 72

    Study Resources 76

Day 20: IPv6 Addressing 77

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 77

    Key Topics 77

    Overview and Benefits of IPv6 77

    The IPv6 Protocol 78

    IPv6 Address Types 79

    Representing the IPv6 Address 88

    Migration to IPv6 89

    Study Resources 90

Day 19: Cables and Connectors 91

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 91

    Key Topics 91

    Network Media Forms and Standards 91

    Copper Cabling 93

    UTP Cabling Standards and Connectors 96

    Fiber-Optic Cabling 98

    Study Resources 104

Day 18: Wireless Technologies 105

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 105

    Key Topics 105

    Wi-Fi 105

    Cellular Networks 110

    Study Resources 112

Day 17: Endpoint Devices 113

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 113

    Key Topics 113

    Hosts 113

    Mobile Devices 116

    Internet of Things 117

    Study Resources 119

Day 16: Configure PC and Mobile Access 121

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 121

    Key Topics 121

    Windows 121

    Linux 129

    Finding Your Public IP Address 132

    macOS 132

    Mobile Devices 134

    Study Resources 138

Day 15: Device Status Lights 139

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 139

    Key Topics 139

    Cisco Device Link Lights 139

    Study Resources 141

Day 14: Connecting Cables 143

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 143

    Key Topics 143

    Networking Icons 143

    Switches 143

    Physical and Logical Topologies 146

    Topology Examples 147

    Cable Management 149

    Study Resources 150

Day 13: Device Ports 151

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 151

    Key Topics 151

    Cisco 4461 ISR Ports 151

    Study Resources 154

Day 12: Routing Concepts 155

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 155

    Key Topics 155

    Packet Forwarding 155

    Routing Methods 157

    Classifying Dynamic Routing Protocols 158

    Dynamic Routing Metrics 160

    Administrative Distance 161

    IGP Comparison Summary 163

    Routing Loop Prevention 163

    Link-State Routing Protocol Features 164

    Study Resources 167

Day 11: Switching Concepts 169

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 169

    Key Topics 169

    Evolution to Switching 169

    Switching Logic 170

    Collision and Broadcast Domains 171

    Frame Forwarding 171

    VLAN Concepts 172

    Study Resources 175

Day 10: Troubleshooting and Help Desks 177

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 177

    Key Topics 177

    Troubleshooting Methodology Overview 177

    Help Desks 180

    Study Resources 183

Day 9: Wireshark 185

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 185

    Key Topics 185

    Wireshark Overview 185

    Wireshark Packet Capture 186

    Save a Packet Capture 187

    Open a Packet Capture 189

    Study Resources 189

Day 8: Diagnostic Commands 191

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 191

    Key Topics 191

    IP Diagnostic Commands 191

    The ping Command 197

    The tracert Command 201

    The nslookup Command 203

    Study Resources 204

Day 7: Device Management 205

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 205

    Key Topics 205

    Remote Access 205

    Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) 207

    Terminal Emulators 208

    Consoles 209

    Network Management Systems 210

    Network Cloud Management Using Meraki 211

    Study Resources 213

Day 6: Show Commands 215

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 215

    Key Topics 215

    Cisco IOS Help Facility 215

    Command Auto-Complete 216

    Privilege Levels 216

    Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) 218

    Common show Commands 219

    Study Resources 226

Day 5: Firewalls 227

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 227

    Key Topics 227

    Firewall Devices 227

    Host-Based Firewalls 231

    Study Resources 233

Day 4: Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Attacks 235

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 235

    Key Topics 235

    Security Fundamentals 235

    Network Attacks 239

    Study Resources 243

Day 3: Security Protocols and Practices 245

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 245

    Key Topics 245

    Security Fundamentals 245

    Access Control 249

    Identity Stores 251

    Security Program 251

    Study Resources 252

Day 2: Secure Wireless Access 253

    CCST Networking 100-150 Exam Topic 253

    Key Topics 253

    Wireless Attacks and Security 253

    Home Router Configuration 258

    Study Resources 266

Day 1: Review and Practice 267

    Configure a Home Network 267

Exam Day 269

Post-Exam Information 271

CCST Networking Countdown Calendar 273

Exam Checklist 275

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