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Advanced Cisco Router Configuration by Systems Cisco; Laura Chappell

Extending IP Addresses Using VLSMs (Variable- Length Subnet Masks) — Explore the key components related to IP addressing, including variable-length subnet masks and route summarization. Knowing these IP addressing techniques enables you to define an appropriate IP address scheme for your network.

Optimizing Routing Update Operation — Before you can design and configure an efficient routing environment, you need to understand the capability for controlling when and how routers receive and send routing updates. The capabilities covered here include passive interfaces, default routes, route filtering, and more.

Configuring Transparent Bridging and Integrated Routing and Bridging — Transparent bridging and integrated routing and bridging (IRB) are two router configuration options available to handle non-routable traffic. Information provided here will help you be able to identify the need for these configuration options.


ACRC Exam Certification Guide by Clare Gough


Managing Scalable Network Growth — When designing a network, the challenge is to create a system that will grow with the company. You must first understand the network structure and the needs of the people who use it. Prepare for these topics on the CCNP and CCDP exam with this chapter's quizzes and real-world scenarios.


CCNA Exam Certification Guide by Wendell Odom

Understanding Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS) Software — To gain a full understanding of routing metrics and distances, you must understand the details of convergence and parallel paths, both of which are discussed here.


Understanding Routing — You need to consider multiple factors when deciding the best way to implement connectivity to non-local subnets. Here, the fundamental issue of reaching devices on remote subnets is addressed and possible solutions are provided.


Cisco Internetwork Design by Matthew Birkner

Internetwork Design Overview — If you've ever been tasked with a network design project--large or small--undoubtedly you have had to make several difficult design decisions. This chapter focuses on the goals of internetwork design, including the technical and business trade-offs you must understand prior to making design choices.


TCP/IP Design Overview — As a designer, knowing and understanding IP's benefits and limitations plays a tremendous role in your network's design. In this chapter, author Matthew Birkner discusses these IP design and scalability issues.

  OSPF Design — Eventually, you may have to face the challenge of building scalable OSPF internetworks. In this chapter, find out how to use modular design and summarization features to meet this challenge.

Cisco IOS 12.0 Quality of Service by Merike Kaeo

Configuring Policy-Based Routing — Here, you can explore the tasks you will need to perform to configure policy-based routing (PBR) on a router. PBR configuration examples are also provided.


Configuring QoS Policy Propagation via Border Gateway Protocol — Learn about the basic tasks necessary for configuring quality of service policy propagation via BGP on a router.

  Congestion Management Overview — The congestion management QoS feature offers four types of queuing protocols--First-In, First-Out; Weighted Fair Queuing; Custom Queuing; and Priority Queuing--which are each discussed here.

Cisco IOS 12.0 Solutions for Network Protocols, Volume I: IP by Technologies Riva; Systems Cisco

Configuring IP Services — To configure optional IP services, you can complete any number of tasks depending on your network needs. Here, examine managing IP connections, filtering IP packets, configuring IP accounting, among other possibilities.

  Configuring On-Demand Routing — On-Demand Routing (ODR) provides IP routing for stub sites with minimum overhead. Learn which tasks you must perform to configure ODR, and which tasks are optional.
  Configuring RIP — RIP is a classical distance-vector protocol that is still commonly used today. Here, you'll learn the steps to take to configure RIP.

Cisco IOS 12.0 Switching Services by Merike Kaeo

Switching Paths Overview — If you need to troubleshoot traffic problems or process packets that require special handling, an understanding of the basic switching processes is essential. Refresh your understanding of the four basic switching paths, including process, fast, distributed, and NetFlow switching.


Multilayer Switching Overview — Multilayer Switching (MLS) provides high-performance Layer 3 switching for the Catalyst 5000 series LAN switches. Learn more about how MLS works, and how to use the traffic statistics that it provides for administration, planning, and troubleshooting.

  Routing Between Virtual LANs Overview — Virtual LANs, or switched networks that are logically segmented on an organizational basis instead of a physical or geographical basis, can be a powerful tool for workgroups or teams. Find out what encapsulation protocols are used for routing between VLANs in a Cisco system, as well as backgroun information for designing VLANs.

Cisco IOS 12.0 Wide Area Networking Solutions by Technologies Riva; Systems Cisco

Configuring SMDS — The Switched Multimegabit Data Service (SMDS) is a wide-area networking service offered by some Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) and by MCI. Read on for more information about the configuration tasks for the SMDS packet-switched software.


Configuring X.25 and LAPB — Learn how to configure connections through Link Access Procedure, Balanced (LAPB) connections and X.25 networks. LAPB procedures are presented first before tackling how to configure Defense Data Network (DDN) X.25 and how to create X.29 access lists.


Designing Addressing Architectures for Routing and Switching by Howard Berkowitz

Transmission System Identifiers and Logical Address Mapping: A View from the Bottom — How familiar are you with the OSI Reference Model extension called Internal Organization of the Network Layer? Find out more about this extension and how it provides a basis for mapping between logical and transmission system addresses.

The Existing IP and Non-IP Address Structure: Preparing for Remodeling — How will your new network carry non-IP protocols across the backbone? Author Howard Berkowitz addresses this and other issues in this chapter.

Addressing and Name Services — Interaction between DNS services and addressing as well as the address structure among DNS servers themselves.

Designing Cisco Networks by Technologies Riva; Systems Cisco

Designing the Network Topology — Prepare for the CCDA exam by gaining the ability to identify the advantages, disadvantages, scalability issues, and applicability of standard internetwork topologies.


Provisioning Hardware and Media for the LAN — Provisioning LAN media and hardware involves making many decisions, including which devices to use and what media to use to interconnect these devices. Complete the exercises provided here to assist you in learning how to make these decisions.

  Provisioning Hardware and Media for the WAN — Do you recognize scalability constraints for WAN technologies? Can you recommend Cisco products and WAN technologies that will meet the customer's requirements for performance, capacity, and scalability? Read on to prepare for these real-world topics that you may encounter on the CCDA exam.

Designing Network Security by Technologies Riva; Systems Cisco

Designing the Network Topology — Gain a basic understanding of how security technologies can be used to establish identity, and assure data integrity and confidentiality in a network. Gain an understanding of how and when to implement technologies such as virtual private dial-up and public key infrastructure.


Provisioning Hardware and Media for the LAN — Find out how to create a security policy, including considerations such as physical and logical security controls. Implementation details are provided as examples of how to carry out part of the policy.

  Provisioning Hardware and Media for the WAN — Gain insight into how to use firewalls to control internet access by examining sample firewall design implmentations. Configuration details are described for Cisco IOS devices and Cisco PIX firewalls, as well as other products if the functions are available.

Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (ICND) by Steven McQuerry


Operating and Configuring a Cisco IOS Device — To install Cisco devices in your network, you must first understand the startup of the Cisco switch and router and be able to describe and recognize a boot sequence. Here, learn these skill and more.


Internet Routing Architectures (CISCO) by Bassam Halabi

ISP Services and Characteristics — Expert Bassam Halabi stresses the importance of familiarizing yourself with basic provider services and characteristics that affect the quality of Internet connections. Find out what factors you need to prioritize. Hint: Price isn't one of them.


Internetworking Troubleshooting by Systems Cisco; Kevin Downs


Troubleshooting DECnet — After a brief discussion of the basics of DECnet, this chapter addresses problems you may encounter and how you can go about resolving them.


IP Routing Fundamentals by Mark Sportack

Routers and LANs — Routers can provide LAN administrators with a multitude of options for managing LANs and bolstering performance. Find out more about these options, including interconnecting LAN architectures, segmentation, and providing a gateway to the WAN.

  Building Internetworks — Successfully designing, building, and implementing an internetwork depends on your understanding of the capabilities, limitations, and costs of each WAN component technology. Read on to form a better understanding of these components.

OpenCable Architecture by Michael Adams

Adding Digital Television Services to Cable Systems — Author Michael Adams begins by discussing the technical and market drivers for digital television and then turns his attention to the enhancements necessary to the cable network in order to support digital television services.
  Digital Broadcast Case Studies — Compare and contrast the architectures of the two predominant digital cable systems--DigiCable and Pegasus. The components of each of these systems is discussed detail.

Why OpenCable? — Many people are asking themselves this question these days. If you're one of them, find out more about the goals of OpenCable and solutions this initiative offers.


Teach Yourself Network Troubleshooting in 24 Hours by Jonathan Feldman

The Delta Method: Identifying Netowrk Change

The Napoleon Method: Divide and Conqure

The SOAP Method: Subjective Data, Objective Data, Analysis, and Plan


Top-Down Network Design by Priscilla Oppenheimer

Analyzing Business Goals and Constraints — Learn how to use a systematic, top-down process when designing computer networks for your customers. Focus is on the first step in top-down network design: analyzing your customer's business goals.


Designing a Network Topology — After reading this chapter, you will be prepared to design a secure, redundant, and hierarchical topology for a network design customer that will meet the customer's business and technical goals.

  Optimizing Your Network Design — Learn about options for meeting performance expectations, such as IP multicast techniques that minimize bandwidth utilization for multimedia applications, methods for optimizing network performance to meet quality of service (QoS) requirements, and an assortment of optimization techniques offered by Cisco.

Understanding Data Communications, Sixth Edition by Gilbert Held


Internet — Examine the evolution of the Internet, some of the protocols used to transport data, its addressing scheme, and a few of the applications that resulted in its progression from an academic-oriented facility to a network used by virtually everyone who has access to a computer. This chapter focuses on portions of the TCP/IP protocol suite.



Breaking News

One of the primary architects of OpenCable, Michael Adams, explains the key concepts of this initiative in his book OpenCable Architecture.

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Ralph Droms, Ph.D., author of The DHCP Handbook and chair of the IETF Dynamic Host Configuration Working Group, guides you to his top picks for reliable DHCP-related information.

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Residential Broadband, Second Edition
by George Abe

Introduces the topics surrounding high-speed networks to the home. It is written for anyone seeking a broad-based familiarity with the issues of residential broadband (RBB) including product developers, engineers, network designers, business people, professionals in legal and regulatory positions, and industry analysts.


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