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Welcome to the fifth and final course in the Cisco Networking Basics Specialization. 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....
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Cisco RoutersSwitchesTroubleshootingCommand-Line Interface
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100% online courses

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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: The estimated workload is 4 weeks of study. Each week is approximately 4 to 7 hours of content....
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English

Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian)...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
3 hours to complete

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....
Reading
4 videos (Total 11 min), 13 readings, 5 quizzes
Video4 videos
In-Band/Out-of-Band Device Management1m
Getting Started2m
Video Demonstration – The Cisco Router Boot Process4m
Reading13 readings
About This Course10m
Cisco Packet Tracer10m
Connecting More Devices3m
Cisco LAN Switches5m
Components of a LAN Switch5m
Status LEDs on a LAN Switch10m
Powering Up10m
Device Management3m
Loading the IOS Start-Up Files10m
Components of a Router3m
Router Interface Ports5m
Getting Started10m
Connecting to the Router5m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Cisco LAN Switch Quiz4m
PT Activity - Connect to a Switch via the Console Portm
Activity - Identify Router Components15m
Activity - The Cisco Router Boot Process4m
Week 1 Quiz15m
Week
2
Clock
3 hours to complete

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....
Reading
4 videos (Total 15 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
Video4 videos
Navigate Between IOS Modes4m
IOS Help Features4m
Show Commands3m
Reading9 readings
What is the Cisco IOS Command Line Interface?3m
Primary Command Modes5m
Navigate Between IOS Modes10m
Basic IOS Command Structure5m
IOS Command Syntax10m
IOS Help Features3m
Hotkeys and Shortcuts10m
What are “Show Commands”?10m
Tell Me About Yourself10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
PT Activity - Navigating the IOS45m
Week 2 Quiz15m
Week
3
Clock
7 hours to complete

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....
Reading
11 readings, 10 quizzes
Reading11 readings
Basic Switch Configuration Steps10m
Why does a Switch Need an IP Address?10m
Basic Router Configuration Steps15m
Configure Router Interfaces10m
Verify Interface Configuration10m
Password Recommendations3m
Securing Remote Access5m
Configuring SSH10m
Verifying SSH10m
Default Gateway for a Host10m
Default Gateway for a Switch10m
Quiz10 practice exercises
Syntax Checker - Configuring a Switch Virtual Interface20m
PT Activity – Implementing Basic Connectivity45m
Syntax Checker - Basic Router Configuration Tasks20m
Syntax Checker - Configuring LAN Interfaces20m
PT Activity – Configure Initial Router Settings45m
Syntax Checker - Configuring SSH2m
PT Activity – Configuring SSH45m
Syntax Checker - Configuring a Switch Default Gateway15m
Week 3 Quiz15m
PT Activity – Building a Switch and Router Networkm
Week
4
Clock
7 hours to complete

Module 4: Troubleshooting Common Network Problems

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Reading
27 readings, 6 quizzes
Reading27 readings
What is Network Troubleshooting?3m
Gathering Information3m
We Have Identified a Problem5m
Other Good Approaches3m
Activity – Select a Troubleshooting Approach10m
Using Your Senses10m
Using Software Tools and Utilities15m
Getting IP Information from Windows Devices10m
Using the ping Command3m
What do the ping Results Tell Us?10m
Can I Get to My Destination?3m
Identifying Active Connections3m
Troubleshooting DNS3m
Divide and Conquer5m
Bottom Up5m
Cabling Problems3m
Causes of Wireless Issues5m
Authentication and Association Errors10m
DHCP Server Configuration Errors5m
Why Can’t We Get to the Internet?5m
Could it be the Firewall?5m
Activity – The Troubleshooting Process10m
Where Can I Get Help?3m
When to Call for Help3m
Using the Support Desk3m
Resolving the Issue3m
Support Desk Tickets and Work Orders3m
Quiz6 practice exercises
PT Activity – Using the ipconfig Command45m
PT Activity - Using the ping Command45m
Lab - Troubleshooting Using Network Utilities45m
PT Activity – Troubleshooting a Wireless Connection45m
Week 4 Quiz45m
PT Activity Challenge – Putting It All Togetherm
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Top Reviews

By RKApr 13th 2018

Great opportunity to take a basic knowledge about network. And how it works. I am already using that in my job as a system administrator of SOHO.

By LLOct 12th 2018

This class was fun and challenging at the same time! It fed my curiosity and made me more interested in continuing my Cisco education.

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Telethia Willis

Cisco Networking Learning & Development

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About the Cisco Networking Basics Specialization

Welcome to the Cisco Networking Basics Specialization. The five courses included in this specialization are 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 want to understand how their home or small business networks actually work will enjoy this course. These courses introduce a variety of concepts, practice activities and simulations that help build the learner’s skills and understanding of computer networking. You will learn how to set up a basic home network, configure devices for connectivity, understand how communication takes place on a network, and what minimal best practices should be implemented to secure the network. Learners will also be introduced to Cisco IOS® software used to manage Cisco routers and switches. Previous networking knowledge is not required....
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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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