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Connecting Networks Companion Guide

Book Description

Connecting Networks Companion Guide is the official supplemental textbook for the Connecting Networks course in the Cisco® Networking Academy® CCNA® Routing and Switching curriculum.

This course discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course allows you to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. You will learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. You will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.

The Companion Guide is designed as a portable desk reference to use anytime, anywhere to reinforce the material from the course and organize your time.

The book’s features help you focus on important concepts to succeed in this course:

  • Chapter objectives–Review core concepts by answering the focus questions listed at the beginning of each chapter.

  • Key terms–Refer to the lists of networking vocabulary introduced and highlighted in context in each chapter. 

  • Glossary–Consult the comprehensive Glossary with 195 terms. 

  • Summary of Activities and Labs–Maximize your study time with this complete list of all associated practice exercises at the end of each chapter. 

  • Check Your Understanding–Evaluate your readiness with the end-of-chapter questions that match the style of questions you see in the online course quizzes. The answer key explains each answer.

  • How To–Look for this icon to study the steps you need to learn to perform certain tasks.

  • Interactive Activities–Reinforce your understanding of topics with all the different exercises from the online course identified throughout the book with this icon.

  • Videos–Watch the videos embedded within the online course.

  • Packet Tracer Activities–Explore and visualize networking concepts using Packet Tracer exercises interspersed throughout the chapters.

  • Hands-on Labs–Work through all the course labs and Class Activities that are included in the course and published in the separate Lab Manual.

  • Table of Contents

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. About the Contributing Authors
    5. Contents At a Glance
    6. Contents
    7. Syntax Conventions
    8. Introduction
      1. Who Should Read This Book
      2. Book Features
      3. How This Book Is Organized
    9. Chapter 1. Hierarchical Network Design
      1. Objectives
      2. Key Terms
      3. Introduction (1.0.1.1)
      4. Hierarchical Network Design Overview (1.1)
      5. Cisco Enterprise Architecture (1.2)
      6. Cisco Enterprise Architecture Model (1.2.2)
      7. Evolving Network Architectures (1.3)
      8. Emerging Network Architectures (1.3.2)
      9. Summary (1.4)
      10. Practice
      11. Check Your Understanding Questions
    10. Chapter 2. Connecting to the WAN
      1. Objectives
      2. Key Terms
      3. Introduction (2.0.1.1)
      4. WAN Technologies Overview (2.1)
      5. WAN Operations (2.1.2)
      6. Selecting a WAN Technology (2.2)
      7. Private WAN Infrastructures (2.2.2)
      8. Public WAN Infrastructure (2.2.3)
      9. Selecting WAN Services (2.2.4)
      10. Summary (2.3)
      11. Practice
      12. Check Your Understanding Questions
    11. Chapter 3. Point-to-Point Connections
      1. Objectives
      2. Key Terms
      3. Introduction (3.0.1.1)
      4. Serial Point-to-Point Overview (3.1)
      5. PPP Operation (3.2)
      6. Configure PPP (3.3)
      7. Troubleshoot WAN Connectivity (3.4)
      8. Summary (3.5)
      9. Practice
      10. Check Your Understanding Questions
    12. Chapter 4. Frame Relay
      1. Objectives
      2. Key Terms
      3. Introduction (4.0.1.1)
      4. Introduction to Frame Relay (4.1)
      5. Configure Frame Relay (4.2)
      6. Troubleshoot Connectivity (4.3)
      7. Summary (4.4)
      8. Practice
      9. Check Your Understanding Questions
    13. Chapter 5. Network Address Translation for IPv4
      1. Objectives
      2. Key Terms
      3. Introduction (5.0.1.1)
      4. NAT Operation (5.1)
      5. Configuring NAT (5.2)
      6. Troubleshooting NAT (5.3)
      7. Summary (5.4)
      8. Practice
      9. Check Your Understanding Questions
    14. Chapter 6. Broadband Solutions
      1. Objectives
      2. Key Terms
      3. Introduction (6.0.1.1)
      4. Teleworking (6.1)
      5. Comparing Broadband Solutions (6.2)
      6. Configuring xDSL Connectivity (6.3)
      7. Summary (6.4)
      8. Practice
      9. Check Your Understanding Questions
    15. Chapter 7. Securing Site-to-Site Connectivity
      1. Objectives
      2. Key Terms
      3. Introduction (7.0.1.1)
      4. VPNs (7.1)
      5. Site-to-Site GRE Tunnels (7.2)
      6. Introducing IPsec (7.3)
      7. Remote Access (7.4)
      8. Summary (7.5)
      9. Practice
      10. Check Your Understanding Questions
    16. Chapter 8. Monitoring the Network
      1. Objectives
      2. Key Terms
      3. Introduction (8.0.1.1)
      4. Syslog (8.1)
      5. SNMP (8.2)
      6. NetFlow (8.3)
      7. Summary (8.4)
      8. Practice
      9. Check Your Understanding Questions
    17. Chapter 9. Troubleshooting the Network
      1. Objectives
      2. Key Terms
      3. Introduction (9.0.1.1)
      4. Troubleshooting with a Systematic Approach (9.1)
      5. Network Troubleshooting (9.2)
      6. Summary (9.3)
      7. Practice
      8. Check Your Understanding Questions
    18. Appendix A. Answers to the “Check Your Understanding” Questions
      1. Chapter 1
      2. Chapter 2
      3. Chapter 3
      4. Chapter 4
      5. Chapter 5
      6. Chapter 6
      7. Chapter 7
      8. Chapter 8
      9. Chapter 9
    19. Glossary
    20. Index