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CCNA Self-Study: CCNA Basics (CCNAB)


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  • Copyright 2003
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 592
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 1-58705-107-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58705-107-4

Cisco authorized self-study book for CCNA fundamentals

  • Prepare for CCNA certification with a Cisco authorized self-study guide
  • Identify common types of networks including LANs, WANs, MANs, SANs, content networks, and VPNs
  • Examine various media types including twisted-pair, coaxial, and fiber-optic cable and wireless communication and learn how to assemble and cable Cisco routers and switches
  • Learn fundamental LAN switching concepts such as congestion issues, segmentation, and virtual LANs (VLANs)
  • Understand the TCP/IP protocol stack components and the functionality of ICMP, ARP, and RARP
  • Understand IP addressing and subnetting, routing and routed protocols,and distance-vector, link-state, and hybrid routing approaches
  • Examine protocols and technologies used in the WAN, including Frame Relay, ATM, SONET, dialup access technologies, analog and cable modems, and DSL
  • Evaluate wireless-enabling technologies, including radio frequency modulation, unlicensed frequencies, spread spectrum, and wireless LAN
  • Learn how optical networks provide speed, data transportation, capacity, and scalability

CCNA Self-Study: CCNA Basics (CCNAB) is a Cisco authorized, self-paced learning tool for fundamental CCNA knowledge. The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification indicates foundation knowledge of networking for the small office/home office. CCNA certified professionals can install, configure, and operate LAN, WAN, and dial access services for small networks.

CCNA Self-Study: CCNA Basics (CCNAB) is designed as a comprehensive reference for students and networking professionals seeking an introduction to networking terminology, technologies, and techniques. This book presents important networking fundamentals using the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) seven-layer model concepts. Divided into 10 parts, each containing short, manageable chapters, this book provides you with a baseline of knowledge that is essential for understanding how to design, configure, and manage small networks.

Each of the 10 parts covers a major networking topic, including computing and networking basics, network types, network media, switching fundamentals, TCP/IP, routing basics, WAN technologies, wireless technologies, optical networking, and voice, video, and data integration. Each chapter begins with objectives and an overview and ends with summaries and review questions to help you assess your knowledge. Terminology and technologies are explained in a straightforward, concise manner, which can be easily understood and referenced for review. This book is an invaluable reference manual for aspiring CCNA professionals as well as more experienced networking engineers who desire an encyclopedic resource of networking concepts. It introduces and explains the standards, protocols, and devices that form the foundation of modern network implementations.

CCNA Self-Study: CCNA Basics (CCNAB) is part of a recommended learning path from Cisco Systems that can include simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press. To find out more about instructor-led training, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco Learning Partners worldwide, please visit:

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CCNA: Network Media Types

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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes a Summary and Review Exercises.)




1. Computing Basics.

PC Components. PC Versus Laptop. Bit, Bytes, and Measurement Terms. Decimal-to-Binary Conversion. Binary-to-Decimal Conversion. Binary-to-Hex Conversion. Hex-to-Binary Conversion.

2. Networking Fundamentals.

Basic Networking Terminology. Network Applications. Understanding Network Computers. The Open System Interconnection (OSI) Model. Data Communication. Peer-to-Peer Communication. The TCP/IP Model. OSI Model Versus TCP/IP Model.

3. Network Devices.

Layer 1 Devices. Layer 2 Devices. Layer 3 Devices. Voice, DSL, and Optical Devices. Firewalls and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting Servers.

4. Network Topologies.

Physical Topology Versus Logical Topology. Bus. Star and Extended Star. Ring. Full Mesh and Partial Mesh.


5. Understanding Ethernet Technologies.

LAN Standards. Ethernet. How Ethernet Works. Simplex, Half-Duplex, and Full-Duplex Operation.

6. WANs.

The Global Internet. WAN Technology Overview. WAN Connection Types. WAN Provider Services. WAN Devices. WAN Service Providers and WAN Service Terms. WAN Signaling Standards and Capacity. WANs and the Physical Layer. WANs and the Data Link Layer.

7. Other Types of Networks.

Metropolitan-Area Networks (MANs). Storage-Area Networks (SANs). Content Networks. Intranets and Extranets. Virtual Private Network (VPN).


8. Network Media Types.

Twisted-Pair Cable. Coaxial Cable. Fiber-Optic Cable. Wireless Communication. Comparing Media Types.

9. Cabling the LAN.

LAN Physical Layer. Ethernet in the Campus LAN. Ethernet Media and Connector Requirements. Connection Media. UTP Implementation.

10. Cabling the WAN.

WAN Physical Layer. WAN Serial Connections. Routers and Serial Connections. Routers and ISDN BRI Connections. Routers and DSL Connections. Routers and Cable Connections. Setting Up Console Connections.


11. Shared LAN Technology.

Early Local-Area Networks. Hubs. Bridges. Layer 2 Switches. Typical Causes of Network Congestion. Today's LANs.

12. LAN Switching Basics.

Microsegmentation. LAN Switch Operation. Full-Duplex Transmission. Modes of Switching. The Need for Spanning Tree.

13. Multilayer Switching Devices.

Layer 2 Switching Devices. Layer 3 Switching Devices. Layer 4 Switching Devices.

14. Virtual LANs.

Constraints of Shared LANs. Virtual LANs. VLAN Components. Establishing VLAN Membership. Communicating Between VLANs. Trunking.


15. TCP/IP Overview.

Communication Protocol. TCP/IP Protocol Stack. TCP/IP Applications.

16. Transport Layer.

Transport Layer Functions. Flow Control. TCP and UDP. Establishing a TCP Connection.

17. TCP/IP Internet Layer Overview.

TCP/IP Internet Layer and the OSI Network Layer. IP Datagram. Protocol Field. ICMP. ARP. RARP. BOOTP and DHCP.


18. Networking Addressing.

IP Addressing. IP Address Classes. Reserved IP Address. Private IP Addresses.

19. IP Subnetting and Calculation.

Subnetworks. Subnet Masks. Network Addressing Planning. Subnetting Class C Addresses. Subnetting Class B Addresses. Identifying Subnet, Directed Broadcast, and Usable Addresses.

20. Routing Basics.

Routing Overview. Routed Versus Routing. Path Determination. Routing Tables. Routing Algorithms. Administrative Distance.

21. Routing Protocols.

IGP and EGP. Routing Protocols. RIPv1 and RIPv2. IGRP. EIGRP. OSPF. IS-IS. BGP.


22. Traditional WAN Services.

WAN Connection Options. Multiplexing. Packet Switching vs Circuit Switching. Leased Lines. Frame Relay. ATM and Cell Switching. SONET.

23. Dialup Access Technologies.


24. Analog Modems.

Modem Overview. Analog Modem Standards.

25. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL).

Basic DSL. DSL Types. DSL Standards. Encapsulation and Protocols. DSL Advantages and Disadvantages.

26. Cable Modems.

How Cable Modems Work. Cable Modem Advantages and Disadvantages. Cable and the OSI Model.


27. Wireless Concepts.

Wireless Data Communications. Wireless Signal. Radio Frequency Bands. Spread-Spectrum Technology. Security in the Wireless Environment.

28. Wireless LANs.

WLANs and Wireless Bridging. In-Building WLANs. In-Building WLAN Technology. Building-to-Building WLANs.


29. Basics of Optical Networks.

Optical Business Drivers. Fiber-Optic Systems. Fiber-Optic Transmission System. Light.

30. Optical Fibers.

Fiber Types. Fiber Geometry. Attenuation. Optical Filters. Optical Amplifiers (OAs).

31. Optical Transmission and Multiplexing.

SONET Technology. DWDM Systems.


Appendix A: Introduction to Converged Networking.

Traditional Networks. Introduction to Voice and Data Networks. Voice, Video, and Data Networks. Common Issues with QoS. Summary. Review Exercises.

Appendix B: Answers to Review Questions.




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