In the first four courses of this specialization, you were focused on understanding how computer networks work and how to access the network. Now that you have a firm grasp of how to build and secure a wireless home network, you will be introduced to the basics of adding Cisco routers and switches to networks that are typically deployed in small to medium sized businesses.
You will perform the basic setup and configuration steps needed to get switches and routers connected in a small network. You will also learn how to configure the router and the switch for remote access. You will use two different types of simulation tools to practice configuration steps. After completing required configuration tasks, you will use various show commands to verify configurations and use the ping command to verify basic connectivity between devices. Expect lots of opportunities for practicing Cisco device configuration. This course requires the use of Cisco Packet Tracer to simulate the network environment. You will need to download and use Cisco Packet Tracer throughout the course.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
1. Describe the features and functions of various Cisco devices installed in a typical simple computer network.
2. Use the Packet Tracer simulation software to practice configuration tasks using the command line interface.
3. Connect and configure a Cisco switch and small business router in order to provide network connectivity in a small LAN environment.
4. Use a structured troubleshooting strategy to identify and fix network connectivity issues.
5. Enter and view the results of common Cisco CLI commands.
6. Use best practices to secure Cisco networking devices from unauthorized access.
7. Use command line utilities to test and verify network connectivity.
8. Use common network utilities to test connectivity between network attached devices.
9. Explain issues that can cause Internet connectivity problems.
10. Describe how to report problems and assist in troubleshooting connections with an ISP help desk.
Who is this class for: This class is designed for beginners in computing that want to understand the basics of how data is sent and received in a network and how small computer networks are created. People who may be in non-networking professions that would like to understand how their home or small business network works will enjoy this course. Previous networking knowledge is not required. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the basics of networking and will cover only a very small portion of the necessary knowledge and skills needed to achieve an entry-level Cisco networking certification. Access to a Windows 10 machine and a simulation tool called Cisco Packet Tracer is required to get the full benefit of the course.
Course 5 of 5 in the Cisco Networking Basics Specialization
Module 1: Creating Larger Networks
In this module, you will learn the basics of Cisco routers and switches. You will be able to identify the different ports and ways to access and configure a Cisco router or a Cisco switch designed for a small to medium sized business. You will use Cisco Packet Tracer to explore the bootup process.
Graded: PT Activity – Connect to a Switch via the Console Port
Graded: Activity – Identify Router Components
Graded: Activity – The Cisco Router Boot Process
Graded: Week 1 Quiz
Module 2: Using the Cisco IOS Command Line Interface
In this module, you will use Cisco Packet Tracer to explore the different configuration modes of routers and switches. You will learn how to use the help functions to better navigate the device operating system. You will also explore many of the common show commands that give insight into the device configuration.
Graded: PT Activity – Navigating the IOS
Graded: Week 2 Quiz
Graded: PT Activity – Using the Cisco IOS Show Commands
Module 3: Building a Small Cisco Network
This module allows you to perform the basic setup and configuration steps needed to get switches and routers connected in a small network. You will also learn how to configure the router and the switch for remote access. You will use two different types of simulation tools to practice configuration steps. After completing required configuration tasks, you will use various show commands to verify configurations and use the ping command to verify basic connectivity between devices. Expect lots of opportunities for practicing Cisco device configuration.
Graded: PT Activity – Implementing Basic Connectivity
Graded: PT Activity – Configure Initial Router Settings
Graded: PT Activity – Configuring SSH
Graded: Week 3 Quiz
Graded: PT Activity – Building a Switch and Router Network
Module 4: Troubleshooting Common Network Problems
Graded: PT Activity – Using the ipconfig Command
Graded: PT Activity – Using the ping Command
Graded: Lab – Troubleshooting Using Network Utilities
Graded: PT Activity – Troubleshooting a Wireless Connection
Graded: Week 4 Quiz
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