Chapter 1: Looking at the Cisco Network World
In This Chapter
Meeting the OSI model (it does not bite . . . hard)
Working with switches, routers, and firewalls
Getting your network voice
Checking out the Cisco product lines
If you are reading this book, you likely either have a network that is made up of Cisco networking products or you want to introduce the Cisco network products into your network. Although this book focuses its attention on Cisco products, you do not have to have Cisco network devices on your network to receive a benefit from reading this book. Although you examine many features that are specific to Cisco products, you also gain a wide range of networking knowledge that applies to all networking hardware, regardless of the vendor.
This chapter performs a quick overview of all the devices that exist on your network, allowing your computers, servers, and other user-related network devices to communicate with each other. I start with the network devices ...