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Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 1 and 2 Companion Guide, 3rd Edition


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NOTE: The numbering for the chapters in the CCNA 1 and 2 Companion Guide is slightly different than the modules for the CCNA 1 online curriculum.

  • Modules 4 and 5 in the online curriculum are combined to just Chapter 4 in the textbook.
  • Modules 7 and 8 in the online curriculum are combined to just Chapter 6 in the textbook.

Therefore, the CCNA 1 section of the book has nine chapters and the online curriculum has 11 modules. Use this mapping guide to ensure that you get the most from the various components of the program.

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  • Description
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  • Updates


  • Maps to Web-based Curriculum—All print products map to the Web-based curriculum.
    • Provides instructors with a print companion that matches the online learning.

  • Integrated Learning—Increased integration of all Networking Academy print products.
    • Provides more effective learning across print resources.

  • Exclusive Content—Additional chapters not found within the Web-based curriculum such as more subnetting information and more fast and gigabit Ethernet.
    • Explains more difficult concepts to students.

  • Improved Interior Design—Based on feedback from current instructors, a new design was implemented to improve upon the current teaching elements, such as figures and tables.
    • Provides students with a more thorough understanding of difficult topics.

  • Expanded CD-ROM—Includes a CD-ROM that has been expanded to include interactive e-Lab activities that are not included in the online curriculum, 300 CCNA preparation questions within a customizable test engine, 15 PhotoZooms to view high-resolution Cisco equipment, and 20 instructional videos that cover the more difficult concepts within the course.
    • Reinforces book topics.

  • Cisco-approved Study Materials for the Networking Academies Courses—Cisco Press is the only publisher endorsed and recommended by Cisco Systems.
    • Provides the instructor and the student with the confidence that the same individuals who developed the Web-based curriculum have reviewed and recommended the test from Cisco Press.

  • Written by the Instructors and Developers of the Online Curriculum—The CCNA 1 and 2 Companion Guide, Third Edition, is developed by the same professionals who create the Web-based curriculum at Cisco Systems. In addition, Academic Business Consultants, Inc. is co-developing this title. ABC is a multimedia curriculum development company located in Scottsdale, AZ. They are strong in instructional writing and readability levels.
  • Strong Textbook Pedagogy and Learning Aids—Chapter objectives provide references to the concepts covered in the chapter. Hands-on projects prepare the student for real-world situations. The review questions at the end of each chapter help track the students progress and focus their study. Case studies and labs to prepare students and CCNA candidates for the CCNA Exam.
    • Prepares students for real-world situations, help them track their progress and focus their study, and prepare them for the practical portion of the CCNA Exam.

  • Copyright 2004
  • Dimensions: Special (all other)
  • Pages: 1120
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 1-58713-110-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-110-3

The only authorized textbook for use in the Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 1 and 2 courses

  • Maps to revised 3.0 web-based curriculum
  • Expanded chapters on difficult topics
  • Expanded CD-ROM that includes CCNA practice questions, e-Labs, PhotoZooms, and more
  • Additional chapters not included in the online course

For use within the CCNA 1 and 2 courses, this Companion Guide maps directly to the new curriculum and is considered the core textbook of the course. It presents the students with strong pedagogy and learning aids. In addition, the book goes beyond the web-based course with enhanced chapters on more difficult subjects, such as VLSM, cabling, and ripV2. The companion CD-ROM includes more than 300 CCNA practice questions, e-Lab Activities, PhotoZooms of equipment, and instructional videos.

The authors are the developers of the web-based Curriculum for the Cisco Networking Academy Program, have extensive teaching backgrounds, and are experts in the online learning environment.

Table of Contents




1. Introduction to Networking.

The Fundamentals of Internet Connectivity. PC Basics. Overview of High-Speed and Dialup Connectivity. TCP/IP Configuration. Testing Connectivity with Ping. Web Browsers and Plug-Ins. Other Common Computer Applications. Binary Numbers. Bits, Bytes, and Measurement Terms. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

2. Networking Fundamentals.

Networking Terminology. Digital Bandwidth. Analogies That Describe Digital Bandwidth. Networking Models. Network Topologies. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

3. Networking Media.

Electricity Basics. Measuring Electricity. Copper Media. Optical Media. Wireless Communications. Wireless Networking. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

4. Cable Testing and Cabling LANs and WANs.

Background for Studying Frequency-Based Cable Testing. Viewing Signals in Time and Frequency. Noise in Time and Frequency. Analog and Digital Bandwidth. Signals and Noise on Networking Media. Other Test Parameters. Cabling the LANs. LAN Connection Devices. Workstation and Server Relationships. Cabling the WAN. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

5. Ethernet Fundamentals.

History and Evolution of Ethernet. Ethernet Operation. Collision Domains and Broadcast Domains. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

6. Ethernet Technologies and Ethernet Switching.

10-Mbps and 100-Mbps Ethernet. Gigabit, 10-Gb, and Future Ethernet. Ethernet Switching. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

7. TCP/IP Protocol Suite and IP Addressing.

Introduction to TCP/IP. IP Addresses. IP Address Assignment, Acquisition, and Hierarchy. Summary. Key Terms. Review Questions.

8. Routing Fundamentals and Subnets.

Routed, Routable, and Routing Protocols. The Mechanics of Subnetting. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

9. TCP/IP Transport and Application Layer.

Understanding the TCP/IP Transport Layer. Windowing. TCP/IP Application Layer. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.


10. WANs and Routers.

WAN Characteristics. WAN Routers. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

11. Router Fundamentals.

Router Boot Sequence and Setup Mode. Establishing a HyperTerminal Session. Logging into the Router. Cisco IOS Software Editing Commands. Router Command History. Cisco IOS Software Fundamentals. Troubleshooting Cisco IOS Software. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

12. Router Configuration.

Command-Line Interface Command Modes. Configuring a Router Name. Configuring and Protecting Router Passwords. Examining the show Commands. Configuring a Serial Interface. Configuring an Ethernet Interface. Executing Changes to the Router. Finishing the Configuration. Password Recovery. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

13. Learning About Neighboring and Remote Devices.

Introduction to CDP. Getting Information About Remote Devices. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

14. Managing Cisco IOS Software.

Stages of the Router Power-On/Boot Sequence. Locating and Loading Cisco IOS Software. Managing Cisco IOS Software Images. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

15. Routing and Routing Protocols.

Routing Basics. Static Routing. Dynamic Routing Overview. Identifying the Classes of Routing Protocols. Configuring a Router to Use Routing Protocols. Autonomous Systems and IGP vs. EGP. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

16. Distance Vector Routing Protocols.

Initial Router Configuration. Distance Vector Routing. Examining the Routing Table. RIP Features. IGRP. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

17. TCP/IP Error and Control Messages.

Functionality and Role of IP in Error Control. ICMP. TCP/IP Suite Control Messages. Congestion and Flow-Control Messages. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

18. Basic Router Troubleshooting.

Introduction to Network Testing. Troubleshooting Router Issues Using the show interface and show interfaces Commands. Troubleshooting Routing Issues Using the show cdp neighbors Command. Troubleshooting Routing Issues Using show ip route and show ip protocol. Troubleshooting Router Connections Using the show controllers serial Command. Introduction to debug. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

19. Intermediate TCP.

The TCP/IP Protocol Suite. Overview of Transport Layer Ports. TCP/IP and the Internet Layer. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.

20. Access Control Lists.

ACL Overview. Why Create ACLs? Creating an ACL: Why Order Matters. Using ACLs. How ACLs Work. ACL Configuration Tasks. Assigning a Unique Number to Each ACL. Using Wildcard Mask Bits. Standard ACLs. Extended ACLs. Named ACLs. Placing ACLs. Firewalls. Restricting Virtual Terminal Access. Verifying ACLs. Summary. Key Terms. Check Your Understanding.


Appendix A. Structured Cabling.

Mounting Jacks in Drywall. Mounting Jacks in Plaster. Mounting Jacks in Wood. Flush-Mounting a Jack in a Wall. Pulling Cable to the Jacks. Fishing Cable from Below a Wall.

Appendix B. Glossary of Key Terms.
Appendix C. Check Your Understanding Answer Key.

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