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  • Practical supplement to theory-based CCNA study guides—Works either as a stand-alone learning vehicle in CNNA and networking courses, or as a companion to study guides or coursebooks.
    • Guides the student in turning classroom learning into real-world skills and a true understanding of networking concepts.

  • CCNA Exam objective-aligned coverage—Labs are organized to teach the concepts and skills that are needed for CCNA certification testing success.
    • Prepare for CCNA exam while mastering essential networking skills.

  • Detailed instructions for conceptual application—Step-by-step detailed instructions are shown for how concepts are implemented on actual hardware. Experts then explain the reasons for choosing specific commands to build a better understanding of the logic for certain decisions.
    • Acquire an insight into why a command is used, and how that decision fits into the overall solution. Learn problem-solving skills.

  • Only Cisco Systems-approved materials of its kind—No other books are available of this kind that are reviewed or approved by Cisco Systems, the creators of the CCNA exam and it's objectives.
    • Focus on materials that students can be confident must be mastered for the CCNA Exam.


  • Copyright 2002
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 1-58720-046-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58720-046-5

Practice for the new CCNA exam #640-801, as well as #640-607, with hands-on networking lab scenarios

  • Build your own home internetworking lab from the ground up and use it to master essential internetworking skills
  • Select Cisco router components and navigate within Cisco IOS(r) Software
  • Gain access to Cisco routers and switches and configure a terminal server to access each lab router
  • Configure hostnames and set passwords
  • Configure router interfaces such as Ethernet, Token Ring, Loopback, and Serial
  • Configure multiple routing protocols, including RIP, IGRP, and EIGRP
  • Implement route redistribution to share routing information between routing domains
  • Connect remote offices to the main network with ISDN DDR
  • Integrate IPX into the network
  • Control access with standard and extended access lists
  • Troubleshoot common network failures

Understanding the concepts covered on the Cisco Certified Network Associate exam is no longer sufficient to succeed on the test. In order to be completely prepared to succeed on the exam, as well as in your daily job as a CCNA engineer, you must be able to apply conceptual knowledge effectively in a production environment. CCNA Practical Studies is the first book of its kind, providing you with a series of detailed lab scenarios that illustrate the application of key internetworking topics.

CCNA Practical Studies is a comprehensive reference that helps you gain essential hands-on experience in home-, work-, or remote access-based lab environments. An equally effective supplement to concept-based study guides or stand-alone reference for applying CCNA knowledge pre- or post-test, this book presents numerous examples that cover the entire range of CCNA topics. Starting at the physical layer of the OSI model, you use a layered approach to learn how to build a small network.

Each chapter tackles a major subject area such as router configuration, routing protocols, bridging and switching, ISDN, access lists, IPX, and more. Each subject presents a mini-lab, walking you through the lab scenario and explaining in detail the commands used, why the authors chose the specific commands, and the resulting configurations. Comprehensive configuration and troubleshooting labs are added to the end of the book, allowing you to understand how routing technologies interact. This step-by-step lab scenario approach is designed to teach you how to apply the knowledge acquired in the process of becoming a CCNA. Whether you are preparing for the CCNA exam, seeking to enhance your on the job skills, or looking to gain confidence before your next job interview, you will find the lessons laid out in this book invaluable.

This book is part of the Cisco Press Practical Studies Series, which offers readers a means to apply theoretical knowledge through hands-on lab scenarios for key networking technologies. This unique approach enables readers to practice and hone their internetworking skills while preparing for Cisco certification exams.

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CCNA Practical Studies: Gaining Access to Routers and Switches

Table of Contents


Basic Router Configuration.

Practical Lab Methodology and Equipment.

OSI Reference Model. Lab Equipment.

Cisco Router Review.

Router Components. Summary.

Lab Environment.

Lab Inventory and Physical Connections. Lab Objectives. Recommendations and Methodology. Summary.

Gaining Access to the Routers and Switches.

Direct Access to Routers and Switches Through a Console Port. Configuring the Terminal Server for Telnet Access. Configuring the Terminal Server. Summary.

Bridging and Switching.

Transparent Bridging. Switching. Virtual LANs. Configuring the Catalyst 1900 Switch.

General Router Configurations.

Lab Objectives. Configuring a Host Name. Setting the Enable, Console, and vty Passwords. Configuring a Message of the Day (MOTD) Banner. Enabling and Disabling DNS Lookup. Console Port Configuration. Creating a Host Table for Telnet Access. Writing a Basic Script in Notepad.

Router Interface Configuration Methodology. Frame Relay Overview. Configuring Frame Relay Interfaces. Configuring Point-to-Point Serial Interfaces. Configuring Ethernet Interfaces. Configuring Token Ring Interfaces. Creating and Configuring Loopback Interfaces. Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP).

Configuring Routing Protocols, ISDN, and IPX.

Routing Information Protocol (RIP).

RIP Fundamentals. RIP Lab Objective.

Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP).

IGRP Fundamentals. Configuring IGRP.

Enhanced Interior Gateway Protocol (EIGRP).

EIGRP Fundamentals. Lab Objective: Configuring EIGRP. Summary.

Route Redistribution.

Fundamentals of Route Redistribution. Lab Objectives.

Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN).

ISDN Fundamentals. Lab Objectives.


Fundamentals of the IPX Protocol. IPX Lab Objectives. Configuring IPX on Cisco Routers.

Routing IPX.

IPX Routing Fundamentals. Routing IPX Lab Objectives. Configuring IPX RIP. Final Lab Results.

Access Lists, Cisco IOS Software Operations, and Troubleshooting

Standard and Extended Access Lists.

Standard/Extended Access List Fundamentals. Lab Objectives. Summary.

Cisco Router Operations.

Lab Objectives. Summary.


Scenario 1. Scenario 2. Scenario 3. Scenario 4. Summary.

Master Lab Configurations and Lab Diagrams.

Chapter 4 Terminal Server Configuration. Chapter 6 Router. Chapter 7 Router Configurations. Chapter 8 Router Configurations and Diagrams. Chapter 9 Router Configurations and Diagrams. Chapter 10 Router Configurations and Diagrams. Chapter 11 Router Configurations. Chapter 12 Router Configurations. Chapter 13 Router Configurations. Chapter 14 Router Configurations. Chapter 15 Router Configurations and Diagrams. Master Router Configurations, Diagrams, and Routing Tables.

Frame Relay Switch Configuration.

Frame Relay Devices. Frame Relay Virtual Circuits. Congestion-Control Mechanisms. Frame Relay Local Management Interface. Frame Relay Network Implementation. Frame Relay Frame Formats. Frame Relay Switch Overview. Configuring a Cisco Router as a Frame Relay Switch. Summary.

Self-Study Lab.

Lab Objectives. Hints. Completed Lab Diagram.

ISDN Simulator Configuration and Setup. ISDN Simulator Physical Connections. ISDN Simulator Configuration.


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