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CCNA 200-301 Deep Dive: IPv4 Addressing and Static Routing

Prepare for the new CCNA 200-301 through lecture and hands-on labs

Wendell Odom

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification creates a de facto standard defining the essential knowledge required for anyone working with computer networks. Cisco completely revamped its entire certification program for 2020, with CCNA taking an even more critical role. Cisco places CCNA as the one starting point for all other Cisco certifications. Anyone pursuing a career in networking should be prepared to work with Cisco, and that process begins with CCNA. This course uses a series of short, targeted lectures followed by lab exercises that you do in class using the (free) Cisco Packet Tracer simulator. New to Cisco? Anyone can do the labs, with one lab exercise version created for those with little background knowledge, and another for those with appropriate prerequisite skills. The flow works through a series of paired lectures and labs and closes with a short topic of advice about how to learn more and complete your exam preparation for this course’s topics. The term routing refers to an entire end-to-end process of delivering data, in the form of packets, from the sending host to the destination host. That process uses addresses, which identify the sender and receiver. The routing process also uses routes, which are forwarding instructions to the devices call routers, so that the routers can send the packets to the correct destination. This chapter focuses on those core routing concepts. For the two common TCP/IP address types - IP Version 4 (IPv4) addresses and IP Version 6 (IPv6) – this course defines the basics and asks you to experience how to configure and verify those addresses on Cisco routers. The course then moves to show how to configure static IPv4 and IPv6 routes. While in lab, you will configure static routes and use the ping command to confirm hosts can send and receive data.

Note that this course does not attempt to define every detail about IPv4 subnetting, leaving that to the IP Subnetting: From Beginning to Mastery course here at O’Reilly Online Learning.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • The basics of IPv4 and IPv6 unicast addresses
  • Learn the terms and purpose of port roles, which in turn dictate port states, which in turn create one working spanning tree overlaid on the LAN topology
  • Understand how Cisco switches apply STP and RSTP per-VLAN
  • Predict STP/RSTP spanning trees and verify your predictions in lab
  • Configure common STP/RSTP parameters and verify the resulting changes to the spanning tree
  • Understand why STP/RSTP works poorly with multiple parallel links between switches – a fact that begs for the EtherChannel feature
  • Configure and verify Layer 2 EtherChannels on Cisco switches

This training course is for you because...

  • You want to achieve Cisco CCNA certification
  • You want to learn networking basics, specifically how to configure IP addresses and static routes, for your job and the exam
  • You want to pursue one of the Cisco CCNP certifications, and you need to know CCNA topics as a prerequisite
  • You prefer lab-centric learning


The following items will be beneficial to maximize your learning in class:

  • An understanding of Ethernet LAN switching and VLANs. You can learn these topics from Chapters 5 through 8 of the CCNA 200-301 Official Cert Guide, Volume 1. Alternately, attend the “CCNA 200-301 Deep Dive: VLANs, Trunking, and LAN Switching” Live course. Both are available at O’Reilly Online Learning.

Additionally, you can learn in this course without the following skills, but coming to course with these skills can increase how much you learn:

  • Have Cisco device CLI navigation skills: how to login to a Cisco switch or router, how to use show commands, how to move into and out of configuration mode, and how to save the configuration. You can learn these skills in the course “CCNA 200-301 Deep Dive: Cisco CLI and Cisco Packet Tracer”, or by reading Chapter 4 of the CCNA 200-301 Official Cert Guide, Volume 1. Both are available at O’Reilly Online Learning.

Materials, downloads, or Supplemental Content needed in advance

You need to have Packet Tracer Version 7.3 installed on the computer you will use during class. Follow this link for the specifics to find, install, and test your Packet Tracer installation.

Recommended Follow-up

  • Read about the most natural next CCNA topic: Chapter 11, “Perspectives on IPv4 Subnetting” in the CCNA 200-301 Official Cert Guide, Volume 1 (available on O’Reilly Online)
  • Attend the O’Reilly Online course “CCNA 200-301 Deep Dive: OSPF Concepts and Configuration”.
  • Attend any of the CCNA 200-301 Deep Dive series of courses here at O’Reilly Online.

About your instructor

  • Wendell Odom, CCIE No. 1624, creates many of the best-selling Cisco certification products of their types, particular in the routing and switching space. He has pioneered the authorized Cisco Certification Guide series at Cisco Press and has written every edition of the leading CCENT and CCNA Certification Guides. He has written over 30 editions of networking books, video, and software products, ranging in depth from introductory level to CCIE. Wendell has worked as an instructor, course developer, network engineer, and consultant. Find links to more study tools and resources (including his blogs) at www.certskills.com.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Section 1: Introduction (10 Minutes)

  • CCNA 200-301 Exam Overview and Exam Topics in this Course
  • Verify Packet Tracer Installation
  • Deep Dive Course Series

Section 2: IPv4 Unicast Addresses and Routers (65 Minutes)

  • IPv4 Routing Concepts
  • IPv4 Addresses and Subnets
  • Exercise: Find Subnet IDs Using a Calculator
  • How to Calculate Ranges of IP Addresses

Section 3: IPv4 Router IPv4 Configuration and Verification (65 Minutes)

  • Router Interface IPv4 Addresses and Connected IPv4 Routes
  • Lab: Verifying Router and Host IPv4 Addresses
  • Lab: Configuring Router IPv4 Addresses


Section 4: IPv4 Static Routing (70 Minutes)

  • Routers and IPv4 Routing Tables
  • Lab: Verifying Pre-configured Static IPv4 Routes
  • Configuring IPv4 Routes
  • Lab Configuring and Verifying IPv4 Routes

Section 5: Exam Advice and Final QA (10 Minutes)

  • What and Where to Learn More about IPv4 Addressing and Static Routes
  • Exam Advice about Today’s Topics