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Introduction to Networks Labs and Study Guide (CCNAv7)


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  • A portable classroom resource that supports the topics in the CCNA curriculum aligning 1:1 with course modules
  • Includes all the labs in the online curriculum as well as additional instructor-created challenge labs for extended learning and classroom exercises
  • Written by an Academy course developer and instructor

  • Copyright 2020
  • Dimensions: 8-1/2" x 10-7/8"
  • Pages: 464
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-663445-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-663445-4

The only authorized Labs & Study Guide for the Cisco Networking Academy Introduction to Networks course in the CCNA curriculum
Each chapter of this book is divided into a Study Guide section followed by a Lab section.
The Study Guide section offers exercises that help you learn the concepts, configurations, and troubleshooting skills crucial to your success as a CCNA exam candidate. Each chapter is slightly different and includes some or all the following types of exercises:

  • Vocabulary Matching Exercises
  • Concept Questions Exercises
  • Skill-Building Activities and Scenarios
  • Configuration Scenarios
  • Packet Tracer Exercises
  • Troubleshooting Scenarios

The Labs & Activities include all the online course Labs and Packet Tracer activity instructions. If applicable, this section begins with a Command Reference that you will complete to highlight all the commands introduced in the chapter.

This book is offered exclusively for students enrolled in Cisco Networking Academy courses. It is not designed for independent study or professional certification preparation. Visit to learn more about program options and requirements.

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Table of Contents

    Introduction xxx

Chapter 1 Networking Today 1

    Networks Affect Our Lives 2

    Network Components 2

    Network Representations and Topologies 4

    Common Types of Networks 5

    Internet Connections 6

    Reliable Networks 8

    Network Trends 9

    Network Security 11

    The IT Professional 12

    1.5.7 Packet TracerNetwork Representation 13

    1.9.3 LabResearch IT and Networking Job Opportunities 16

Chapter 2 Basic Switch and End Device Configuration 19

    Cisco IOS Access 20

    IOS Navigation 21

    The Command Structure 23

    Basic Device Configuration 25

    Save Configurations 27

    Ports and Addresses 27

    Configure IP Addressing 28

    Verify Connectivity 30

    Command Reference 32

    2.3.7 Packet TracerNavigate the IOS 33

    2.3.8 LabNavigate the IOS by Using Tera Term for Console Connectivity 38

    2.5.5 Packet TracerConfigure Initial Switch Settings 45

    2.7.6 Packet TracerImplement Basic Connectivity 50

    2.9.1 Packet TracerBasic Switch and End Device Configuration 53

    2.9.2 LabBasic Switch and End Device Configuration 55

Chapter 3 Protocols and Models 59

    The Rules 60

        Protocols 61

    Protocol Suites 63

    Standards Organizations 66

    Reference Models 68

    Data Encapsulation 69

    Data Access 71

    3.0.3 Class ActivityDesign a Communications System 73

    3.4.4 LabResearch Networking Standards 74

    3.5.5 Packet TracerInvestigate the TCP/IP and OSI Models in Action 77

    3.7.9 LabInstall Wireshark 82

    3.7.10 LabUse Wireshark to View Network Traffic 84

Chapter 4 Physical Layer 91

    Purpose of the Physical Layer 92

    Physical Layer Characteristics 92

    Copper Cabling 94

    UTP Cabling 96

    Fiber-Optic Cabling 97

    Wireless Media 99

    4.6.5 Packet TracerConnect a Wired and Wireless LAN 101

    4.6.6 LabView Wired and Wireless NIC Information 105

    4.7.1 Packet TracerConnect the Physical Layer 109

Chapter 5 Number Systems 115

    Binary Number System 116

    Hexadecimal Number System 118

Chapter 6 Data Link Layer 123

    Purpose of the Data Link Layer 124

    Topologies 126

    Data Link Frame 128

Chapter 7 Ethernet Switching 131

    Ethernet Frames 132

    Ethernet MAC Address 134

    The MAC Address Table 135

    Switch Speeds and Forwarding Methods 140

    7.1.6 LabUse Wireshark to Examine Ethernet Frames 142

    7.2.7 LabView Network Device MAC Addresses 149

    7.3.7 LabView the Switch MAC Address Table 155

Chapter 8 Network Layer 159

    Network Layer Characteristics 160

    IPv4 Packet 161

    IPv6 Packet 163

    How a Host Routes 164

    Introduction to Routing 166

Chapter 9 Address Resolution 171

    MAC and IP 172

    ARP 173

    IPv6 Neighbor Discovery 175

    9.1.3 Packet TracerIdentify MAC and IP Addresses 177

    9.2.9 Packet TracerExamine the ARP Table 181

    9.3.4 Packet TracerIPv6 Neighbor Discovery 185

Chapter 10 Basic Router Configuration 191

    Configure Initial Router Settings 192

    Configure Interfaces 194

    Configure the Default Gateway 196

    Command Reference 197

    10.1.4 Packet TracerConfigure Initial Router Settings 198

    10.3.4 Packet TracerConnect a Router to a LAN 202

    10.3.5 Packet TracerTroubleshoot Default Gateway Issues 207

    10.4.3 Packet TracerBasic Device Configuration 210

    10.4.4 LabBuild a Switch and Router Network 212

Chapter 11 IPv4 Addressing 219

    IPv4 Address Structure 220

    IPv4 Unicast, Broadcast, and Multicast 224

    Types of IPv4 Addresses 224

    Network Segmentation 226

    Subnet an IPv4 Network 227

    VLSM Addressing Schemes 231

    11.5.5 Packet TracerSubnet an IPv4 Network 236

    11.6.6 LabCalculate IPv4 Subnets 241

    11.7.5 Packet TracerSubnetting Scenario 245

    11.9.3 Packet TracerVLSM Design and Implementation Practice 249

    11.10.1 Packet TracerDesign and Implement a VLSM Addressing Scheme 253

    11.10.2 LabDesign and Implement a VLSM Addressing Scheme 255

Chapter 12 IPv6 Addressing 261

    IPv4 Issues 262

    IPv6 Address Representation 263

    IPv6 Address Types 263

    GUA and LLA Static Configuration 265

    Dynamic Addressing for IPv6 GUAs 267

    Dynamic Addressing for IPv6 LLAs 272

    IPv6 Multicast Addresses 272

    Subnet an IPv6 Network 272

    12.6.6 Packet TracerConfigure IPv6 Addressing 276

    12.7.4 LabIdentify IPv6 Addresses 280

    12.9.1 Packet TracerImplement a Subnetted IPv6 Addressing Scheme 284

    12.9.2 LabConfigure IPv6 Addresses on Network Devices 286

Chapter 13 ICMP 291

    ICMP Messages 292

    Ping and Traceroute Tests 296

    Command Reference 297

    13.2.6 Packet TracerVerify IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing 297

    13.2.7 Packet TracerUse Ping and Traceroute to Test Network Connectivity 301

    13.3.1 Packet TracerUse ICMP to Test and Correct Network Connectivity 305

    13.3.2 LabUse Ping and Traceroute to Test Network Connectivity 307

Chapter 14 Transport Layer 319

    Transportation of Data 320

    TCP Overview 322

    UDP Overview 325

    Port Numbers 327

    TCP Communication Process 329

    Reliability and Flow Control 332

    UDP Communication 334

    Command Reference 336

    14.8.1 Packet TracerTCP and UDP Communications 336

Chapter 15 Application Layer 343

    Application, Presentation, and Session 344

    Application Layer 344

    Peer-to-Peer 346

    Web and Email Protocols 347

    IP Addressing Services 349

    File Sharing Services 353

    Command Reference 355

    15.4.8 LabObserve DNS Resolution 355

Chapter 16 Network Security Fundamentals 359

    Security Threats and Vulnerabilities 360

    Network Attacks 361

    Network Attack Mitigation 364

    Device Security 366

    Command Reference 368

    16.2.6 LabResearch Network Security Threats 368

    16.4.6 Packet TracerConfigure Secure Passwords and SSH 372

    16.4.7 LabConfigure Network Devices with SSH 375

    16.5.1 Packet TracerSecure Network Devices 381

    16.5.1 LabSecure Network Devices 383

Chapter 17 Build a Small Network 389

    Devices in a Small Network 390

    Small Network Applications and Protocols 392

    Scale to Larger Networks 394

    Verify Connectivity 395

    Host and IOS Commands 397

    Troubleshooting Methodologies 402

    Troubleshooting Scenarios 403

    Command Reference 405

    17.4.6 LabTest Network Latency with Ping and Traceroute 406

    17.5.9 Packet TracerInterpret show Command Output 411

    17.7.6 LabTroubleshoot Connectivity Issues 413

    17.7.7 Packet TracerTroubleshoot Connectivity Issues 418

    17.8.1 LabDesign and Build a Small Network 422

    17.8.2 Packet TracerSkills Integration Challenge 423

    17.8.3 Packet TracerTroubleshooting Challenge 426


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