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Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide


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The completely revised and only authorized Labs and Study Guide for the Cisco Networking Academy CCNA Exploration curriculum

  • A portable classroom resource that supports the topics in the CCNA Exploration 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 leading Academy instructor

  • Copyright 2008
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 1-58713-203-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-203-2

Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide is designed to support your classroom and laboratory experience in Version 4 of the Cisco® Networking Academy® CCNA® Exploration curriculum. Each chapter contains a Study Guide section and a Labs and Activities section.

Study Guide

The dozens of exercises in this book help you learn the concepts and configurations crucial to your success as a CCNA exam candidate. Each chapter is slightly different and includes multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and open-ended questions designed to help you:

  • Review vocabulary
  • Strengthen troubleshooting skills
  • Boost configuration skills
  • Reinforce concepts
  • Research topics

Labs and Activities

Hands-On Labs–This icon identifies the hands-on labs created for each chapter. Work through all the labs as provided to gain a deep understanding of CCNA knowledge and skills to ultimately succeed on the CCNA Certification Exam.

Packet Tracer Companion–This icon identifies the companion activities that correspond to some hands-on labs. You use Packet Tracer to complete a simulation of the hands-on lab.

Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge–Each chapter concludes with a culminating activity called the Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge. These challenging activities require you to pull together several skills learned from the chapter, as well as previous chapters, to successfully complete one comprehensive exercise.

Use this book with:

Network Fundamentals,

CCNA Exploration

Companion Guide

ISBN-10: 1-58713-208-7

ISBN-13: 978-158713-208-7

Companion CD-ROM

The CD-ROM provides all the Packet Tracer Companion and Packet Tracer Challenge files that are referenced throughout the book as indicated by the icons. These files work with Packet Tracer software V4.1.x, which is available through the Academy Connection website. Ask your instructor for access to the Packet Tracer software.

This book is part of the Cisco Networking Academy Series from Cisco Press®. Books in this series support and complement the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Living in a Network-Centric World 1

Communicating in a Network-Centric World 1

Concept Questions 1

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 2

Communication: An Essential Part of Our Lives 2

Concept Questions 2

The Network as a Platform 3

Vocabulary Exercise: Define 3

Vocabulary Exercise: Identify 3

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 4

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 4

Concept Questions 5

The Architecture of the Internet 5

Vocabulary Exercise: Define 5

Concept Questions 6

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 7

Trends in Networking 8

Multiple-Choice Questions 8

Activity 1-1: Using Google Earth to View the World ( 10

Task 1: Install Google Earth 11

Task 2: Run Google Earth 11

Task 3: Navigate the Google Earth Interface 11

Task 4: Reflection 13

Task 5: Challenge 13

Task 6: Clean Up 13

Activity 1-2: Identifying Top Security Vulnerabilities ( 13

Task 1: Locate the SANS Resources 14

Task 2: Review the SANS Resources 15

Task 3: Collect Data 15

Task 4: Reflection 16

Task 5: Challenge 16

Lab 1-1: Using Collaboration Tools: IRC and IM ( 16

Task 1: Configure the Chat Client 19

Task 2: Connect to the Chat Server 20

Task 3: Consider the Chat Session 21

Task 4: Reflection 21

Task 5: Challenge 22

Task 6: Clean Up 22

Lab 1-2: Using Collaboration Tools: Wikis and Web Logs ( 22

Task 1: Define the Terms Wiki and Blog 22

Task 2: Explore Wiki Features with the TWiki Tutorial 23

Task 3: Reflection 28

Task 4: Challenge 28

Task 5: Clean Up 28

Skills Integration Challenge: Introduction to Packet Tracer ( 28

Task 1: Explore the PT Interface 30

Task 2: Explore PT Operations 30

Task 3: Review the Standard Lab Setup 32

Task 4: Reflection 32

Chapter 2: Communicating over the Network 33

The Platform for Communications 33

Concept Questions 33

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 34

LANs, WANs, and Internetworks 34

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 34

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 35

Protocols 36

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 36

Concept Questions 36

Using Layered Models 37

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 37

Network Addressing 38

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 38

Multiple-Choice Questions 38

Activity 2-1: Using NeoTrace to View Internetworks ( 39

Task 1: Trace Route to Remote Server 40

Task 2: Trace Route Using NeoTrace 41

Task 3: Reflection 41

Task 4: Challenge 41

Task 5: Clean Up 41

Lab 2-1: Topology Orientation and Building a Small Network ( 42

Task 1: Create a Peer-to-Peer Network 43

Task 2: Identify the Cables Used in a Network 43

Task 3: Cable the Peer-to-Peer Network 43

Task 4: Connect Your Workstations to the Classroom Lab Switch 47

Task 5: Reflection 48

Packet Tracer Companion: Topology Orientation and Building a Small Network ( 48

Lab 2-2: Using Wireshark to View Protocol Data Units ( 49

Task 1: Ping PDU Capture 53

Task 2: FTP PDU Capture 56

Task 3: HTTP PDU Capture 58

Task 4: Reflection 58

Task 5: Challenge 58

Task 6: Cleanup 59

Packet Tracer Companion: Using Packet Tracer to View Protocol Data Units ( 59

Skills Integration Challenge: Examining Packets ( 59

Task 1: Complete the Topology 60

Task 2: Add Simple PDUs in Real-Time Mode 61

Task 3: Analyze PDUs in Simulation Mode (Packet Tracing) 61

Task 4: Experiment with the Model of the Standard Lab Setup 61

Task 5: Reflection 61

CHapter 3: Application Layer Functionality and Protocols 63

Applications: The Interface Between the Networks 63

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 64

Concept Questions 64

Making Provisions for Applications and Services 65

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 65

Multiple-Choice Questions 65

Application Layer Protocols and Services Examples 66

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 66

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 66

Multiple-Choice Questions 67

Activity 3-1: Data Stream Capture ( 69

Task 1: Create a Sound File 69

Task 2: Observe the Properties of the Audio File 70

Task 3: Reflection 71

Task 4: Clean Up 71

Lab 3-1: Managing a Web Server ( 71

Task 1: Download, Install, and Verify the Apache Web Server 73

Task 2: Verify the Default Web Server Configuration File 76

Task 3: Capture and Analyze HTTP Traffic with Wireshark 77

Task 4: Challenge 78

Task 5: Reflection 78

Task 6: Clean Up 79

Lab 3-2: E-mail Services and Protocols ( 79

Task 1: Configure the Pod Host Computer for E-mail Service 81

Task 2: Capture and Analyze E-mail Communication Between the Pod Host Computer and an E-mail Server 84

Task 3: Challenge 86

Task 4: Reflection 86

Task 5: Clean Up 86

Skills Integration Challenge: Configuring Hosts and Services ( 87

Task 1: “Repair” and Test the Topology 88

Task 2: Explore How DNS and HTTP Work Together 89

Task 3: Reflection 89

Chapter 4: OSI Transport Layer 91

Roles of the Transport Layer 91

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 91

Concept Questions 92

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 92

Port Type Ranges Exercise 92

The TCP Protocol: Communicating with Reliability 92

Concept Questions 93

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 93

Managing TCP Sessions 93

Internet Research Exercise 93

Concept Questions 94

The UDP Protocol: Communicating with Low Overhead 94

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 94

Lab 4-1: Observing TCP and UDP Using netstat ( 95

Task 1: Explain Common netstat Command Parameters and Outputs 96

Task 2: Use netstat to Examine Protocol Information on a Pod Host Computer 98

Task 3: Reflection 100

Task 4: Challenge 100

Task 5: Cleanup 100

Lab 4-2: TCP/IP Transport Layer Protocols, TCP and UDP ( 100

Task 1: Identify TCP Header Fields and Operation Using a Wireshark FTP Session Capture 102

Task 2: Identify UDP Header Fields and Operation Using a Wireshark TFTP Session Capture 108

Task 3: Reflection 110

Task 4: Challenge 111

Task 5: Cleanup 111

Lab 4-3: Application and Transport Layer Protocols ( 111

Task 1: Configure the Pod Host Computer to Capture Application Layer Protocols 113

Task 2: Capture and Analyze HTTP Communication Between the Pod Host Computer and a Web Server 113

Task 3: Capture and Analyze FTP Communication Between the Pod Host Computer and a Web Server 116

Task 4: Reflection 121

Task 5: Challenge 121

Task 6: Clean Up 122

Packet Tracer Companion: Application and Transport Layer Protocols Examination ( 122

Skills Integration Challenge: Analyzing the Application and Transport Layers ( 122

Task 1: Repair and Test the Topology 123

Task 2: Explore How DNS, UDP, HTTP, and TCP Work Together 124

Task 3: Reflection 124

Chapter 5: OSI Network Layer 125

IPv4 125

Concept Questions 125

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 126

Vocabulary Exercise: Define 126

Networks: Dividing Hosts into Groups 127

Internet Research Exercise 127

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 127

Routing: How Our Data Packets Are Handled 127

Concept Questions 127

Vocabulary Exercise: Define 128

Routing Processes: How Routes Are Learned 129

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 129

Lab 5-1: Examining a Device’s Gateway ( 130

Task 1: Understand and Explain the Purpose of a Gateway Address 132

Task 2: Understand How Network Information Is Configured on a Windows Computer 134

Task 3: Troubleshoot a Hidden Gateway Address Problem 136

Task 4: Reflection 137

Task 5: Challenge 137

Task 6: Clean Up 137

Packet Tracer Companion: Examining a Device’s Gateway ( 137

Lab 5-2: Examining a Route ( 138

Task 1: Use the route Command to Modify a Windows Computer Routing Table 139

Task 2: Use a Windows Telnet Client Command telnet to Connect to a Cisco Router 144

Task 3: Examine Router Routes Using Basic Cisco IOS Commands 145

Task 4: Reflection 147

Task 5: Challenge 147

Task 6: Clean Up 147

Packet Tracer Companion: Examining a Route ( 148

Skills Integration Challenge: Routing IP Packets ( 148

Task 1: Configure a Router Interface 149

Task 2: Examining Routes 149

Task 3: Configure a Route Using a GUI 150

Task 4: Examine the Routing of the IP Packet 150

Task 5: Reflection 150

Chapter 6: Addressing the Network: IPv4 151

IPv4 Addresses 151

Concept Questions 151

Binary-to-Decimal Conversion Exercise 152

Decimal-to-Binary Conversion Exercise 152

Addresses for Different Purposes 152

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 152

Internet Research Exercise 153

Vocabulary: Completion 153

Concept Questions 153

Assigning Addresses 154

Internet Research Exercises 154

Concept Questions 154

Is It on My Network? 155

Binary Matching Exercise 155

Concept Questions 156

Internet Research Exercise 156

Calculating Addresses 156

Concept Questions 156

Multiple-Choice Questions 157

Testing the Network Layer 157

Concept Questions 157

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 158

Lab 6-1: Ping and Traceroute ( 159

Task 1: Use the ping Command to Verify Simple TCP/IP Network Connectivity 160

Task 2: Use the tracert Command to Verify TCP/IP Connectivity 164

Task 3: Challenge 166

Task 4: Reflection 168

Task 5: Clean Up 168

Packet Tracer Companion: ping and traceroute ( 168

Lab 6-2: Examining ICMP Packets ( 169

Task 1: Understand the Format of ICMP Packets 170

Task 2: Use Wireshark to Capture and Examine ICMP Messages 173

Task 3: Challenge 177

Task 4: Reflection 177

Task 5: Clean Up 177

Packet Tracer Companion: Examining ICMP Packets ( 177

Activity 6-1: IPv4 Address Subnetting, Part 1 ( 178

Task 1: For a Given IP Address, Determine Network Information 178

Task 2: Challenge 180

Task 3: Clean Up 182

Activity 6-2: IPv4 Address Subnetting, Part 2 ( 183

Task 1: For a Given IP Address and Subnet Mask, Determine Subnet

Information 184

Task 2: Challenge 188

Task 3: Clean Up 191

Lab 6-3: Subnet and Router Configuration ( 192

Task 1: Subnet the Address Space 192

Task 2: Determine Interface Addresses 193

Task 3: Configure the Serial and FastEthernet Addresses 193

Task 4: Verify the Configurations 193

Task 5: Reflection 194

Packet Tracer Companion: Subnet and Router Configuration ( 194

Skills Integration Challenge: Planning Subnets and Configuring IP Addresses ( 194

Task 1: IP Subnet Planning 195

Task 2: Finish Building the Network in Packet Tracer 196

Task 3: Configure the Network 197

Task 4: Test the Network 197

Task 5: Reflection 197

Chapter 7: OSI Data Link Layer 199

Data Link Layer: Accessing the Media 199

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 199

Concept Questions 199

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 200

Media Access Control Techniques 200

Concept Questions 200

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 201

Media Access Control: Addressing and Framing Data 201

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 201

Concept Questions 202

Putting It All Together: Follow Data Through an Internetwork 203

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 203

Lab 7-1: Frame Examination ( 205

Task 1: Explain the Header Fields in an Ethernet II Frame 206

Task 2: Use Wireshark to Capture and Analyze Ethernet II Frames 209

Task 3: Challenge 212

Task 4: Reflection 212

Task 5: Clean Up 213

Skills Integration Challenge: Data Link Layer Issues ( 213

Task 1: IP Subnet Planning 214

Task 2: Finish Building the Network in Packet Tracer, Attending to Some Layer 2 Issues 215

Task 3: Configure the Network 215

Task 4: Test the Network 216

Task 5: Reflection 216

Chapter 8: OSI Physical Layer 217

The Physical Layer: Communication Signals 217

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 217

Concept Questions 217

Physical Signaling and Encoding: Representing Bits 218

Concept Questions 218

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 218

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 218

Physical Media: Connecting Communication 219

Concept Questions 219

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 219

Lab 8-1: Media Connectors Lab Activity (Lab 220

Task 1: Become Familiar with the Most Common Functions of a Cable Tester 221

Task 2: Test Different Cables for Type and Wiring Problems 223

Task 3: Perform Initial Configuration of the Fluke LinkRunner 224

Task 4: Verify Cable Length 226

Task 5: Reflection 226

Task 6: Challenge 226

Task 7: Clean Up 226

Skills Integration Challenge: Connecting Devices and Exploring the Physical View ( 227

Task 1: Connect the Devices in the Standard Lab Setup 228

Task 2: View the Standard Lab Setup in the Physical Workspace 228

Chapter 9: Ethernet 231

Overview of Ethernet 231

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 231

Concept Questions 232

Ethernet: Communication Through the LAN 232

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 232

Concept Questions 233

The Ethernet Frame 234

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 234

Multiple-Choice Questions 234

Concept Questions 235

Ethernet Media Access Control 236

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 236

Concept Questions 236

Ethernet Physical Layer 237

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 237

Hubs and Switches 238

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 238

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 238

Concept Question 238

Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) 239

Multiple-Choice Questions 239

Lab 9-1: Address Resolution Protocol ( 241

Task 1: Use the Windows arp Command 242

Task 2: Use Wireshark to Examine ARP Exchanges 246

Task 3: Reflection 248

Task 4: Challenge 248

Task 5: Clean Up 248

Packet Tracer Companion: Address Resolution Protocol ( 249

Lab 9-2: Cisco Switch MAC Table Examination ( 249

Task 1: Use the Telnet Protocol to Log in to a Cisco Switch 251

Task 2: Use the Cisco IOS show mac-address-table Command to Examine MAC Addresses and Port Associations 251

Task 3: Challenge 253

Task 4: Reflection 253

Task 5: Clean Up 253

Packet Tracer Companion: Cisco Switch MAC Table Examination ( 253

Lab 9-3: Intermediary Device as an End Device ( 253

Task 1: Use Wireshark to Capture and Analyze Frames Originating from Network Nodes 255

Task 2: Examine the Origination of Frames in a Small Network 256

Task 3: Reflection 258

Task 4: Challenge 259

Task 5: Clean Up 259

Packet Tracer Companion: An Intermediary Device as an End Device ( 259

Skills Integration Challenge: Switched Ethernet ( 259

Task 1: IP Subnet Planning 260

Task 2: Repair Problems with the Ethernet Switched LAN 261

Task 3: Test the Network 261

Task 4: Reflection 261

Chapter 10: Planning and Cabling Networks 263

LANs: Making the Physical Connection 263

Concept Questions 263

Multiple-Choice Questions 264

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 264

Device Interconnections 264

Concept Questions 264

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 265

Developing an Addressing Scheme 266

Concept Questions 266

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 266

Multiple-Choice Questions 266

Calculating the Subnets 267

Concept Questions 267

Device Interconnections 268

Concept Question 268

Multiple-Choice Questions 268

Lab 10-1: How Many Networks? ( 269

Task 1: Determine the Number of Subnets in Topology Diagram A 269

Task 2: Record Subnet Information 270

Task 3: Determine the Number of Subnets in Topology Diagram B 270

Task 4: Record Subnet Information 271

Task 5: Determine the Number of Subnets in Topology Diagram C 271

Task 6: Record Subnet Information 272

Task 7: Determine the Number of Subnets in Topology Diagram D 272

Task 8: Record Subnet Information 273

Task 9: Reflection 273

Lab 10-2: Creating a Small Lab Topology ( 274

Task 1: Design the Logical Network 275

Task 2: Configure the Physical Lab Topology 277

Task 3: Configure the Logical Topology 277

Task 4: Verify Network Connectivity 279

Task 5: Reflection 280

Task 6: Challenge 280

Task 7: Clean Up 280

Packet Tracer Companion: Creating a Small Topology ( 280

Lab 10-3: Establishing a Console Session with HyperTerminal ( 281

Task 1: Connect a Router and Computer with a Console Cable 282

Task 2: Configure HyperTerminal to Establish a Console Session with a Cisco IOS Router 282

Task 3: Configure HyperTerminal to Establish a Console Session with a Cisco IOS Switch 284

Task 3: Reflection 286

Task 4: Challenge 286

Task 5: Clean Up 286

Lab 10-3 (Alternative): Establishing a Console Session with TeraTerm 287

Task 1: Connect a Router and Computer with a Console Cable 287

Task 2: Configure TeraTerm Web to Establish a Console Session with the Router 288

Task 3: Reflection 288

Task 4: Challenge 289

Task 5: Clean Up 289

Packet Tracer Companion: Establishing a Console Session with PT Terminal ( 289

Lab 10-4: Establishing a Console Session with Minicom ( 290

Task 1: Connect a Router and Computer with a Console Cable 290

Task 2: Configure Minicom to Establish a Console Session with the Router 291

Task 3: Perform Basic Commands 292

Task 4: Reflection 292

Task 5: Clean Up 293

Skills and Integration Challenge: Planning and Cabling Networks ( 293

Task 1: Build the Network Topology 294

Task 2: Create and Assign an Addressing Scheme 294

Task 3: Interface Configuration 295

Task 4: Testing Connectivity 295

Chapter 11: Configuring and Testing Your Network 297

Configuring Cisco Devices: IOS Basics 297

Concept Questions 297

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 298

Cisco IOS Command Exercises 298

Test Your Knowledge 299

Applying a Basic Configuration Using Cisco IOS 299

Concept Questions 299

Multiple-Choice Questions 300

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 301

Verifying Connectivity 301

Test Your Knowledge 301

Concept Question 301

Lab 11-1: Network Latency Documentation with ping ( 302

Task 1: Use the ping Command to Document Network Latency 303

Task 2: Compute Various Statistics on the Output of a ping Capture 304

Task 3: Measure Delay Effects from Larger Datagrams 306

Task 4: Reflection 308

Task 5: Challenge 309

Lab 11-2: Basic Cisco Device Configuration ( 310

Task 1: Configure Cisco Router Global Configuration Settings 312

Task 2: Configure Cisco Router Password Access 315

Task 3: Configure Cisco Router Interfaces 317

Task 4: Save the Router Configuration Files 319

Task 5: Configure a Cisco Switch 320

Task 6: Reflection 323

Task 7: Challenge 324

Task 8: Clean Up 325

Packet Tracer Companion: Basic Cisco Device Configuration ( 326

Lab 11-3: Managing Device Configuration ( 327

Task 1: Configure Network Connectivity 328

Task 2: Use TFTP to Save and Restore a Cisco IOS Configuration 329

Task 3: Reflection 333

Task 4: Challenge 333

Task 5: Clean Up 335

Packet Tracer Companion: Managing Device Configuration ( 335

Lab 11-4: Configure Host Computers for IP Networking ( 336

Task 1: Design the Logical Lab Topology 337

Task 2: Configure the Physical Lab Topology 338

Task 3: Configure the Logical Topology 338

Task 4: Verify Network Connectivity 340

Task 5: Reflection 341

Task 6: Challenge 341

Task 7: Clean Up 341

Lab 11-5: Network Testing ( 342

Task 1: Design the Logical Lab Topology 343

Task 2: Configure the Physical Lab Topology 345

Task 3: Configure the Logical Topology 345

Task 4: Verify Network Connectivity 349

Task 5: Reflection 350

Task 6: Challenge 350

Task 7: Clean Up 351

Lab 11-6: Network Documentation with Utility Commands ( 352

Task 1: Design the Logical Lab Topology 353

Task 2: Configure the Physical Lab Topology 354

Task 3: Configure the Logical Topology 354

Task 4: Verify Network Connectivity 356

Task 5: Document the Network 357

Task 6: Reflection 358

Task 7: Challenge 358

Task 8: Clean Up 359

Lab 11-7: Case Study: Datagram Analysis with Wireshark ( 359

Task 1: Prepare the Lab 361

Task 2: Review the Process of Data Flowing Through the Network 361

Task 3: Analyze Captured Packets 363

Task 4: Complete the Final Analysis 365

Task 5: Conclusion 367

Task 6: Summary 367

Skills Integration Challenge: Configuring and Analyzing Networks ( 367

Task 1: Plan 368

Task 2: Build and Configure the Network 369

Task 3: Test and Analyze 370

Task 4: Reflection 370

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