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Cisco Networking All-in-One For Dummies

Edward Tetz

ISBN: 978-1-118-13785-7 August 2011 720 Pages


A helpful guide on all things Cisco

Do you wish that the complex topics of routers, switches, and networking could be presented in a simple, understandable presentation? With Cisco Networking All-in-One For Dummies, they are! This expansive reference is packed with all the information you need to learn to use Cisco routers and switches to develop and manage secure Cisco networks. This straightforward-by-fun guide offers expansive coverage of Cisco and breaks down intricate subjects such as networking, virtualization, and database technologies into easily digestible pieces.

  • Drills down complex subjects concerning Cisco networking into easy-to-understand, straightforward coverage
  • Shares best practices for utilizing Cisco switches and routers to implement, secure, and optimize Cisco networks
  • Reviews Cisco networking solutions and products, securing Cisco networks, and optimizing Cisco networks
  • Details how to design and implement Cisco networks

Whether you're new to Cisco networking products and services or an experienced professional looking to refresh your knowledge about Cisco, this For Dummies guide provides you with the coverage, solutions, and best practices you need.

Introduction 1

Book I: Overview 5

Chapter 1: Looking at the Cisco Network World 7

Chapter 2: Exploring Cisco Network Design 23

Chapter 3: Knowing as Little as Possible about Math 47

Chapter 4: Testing Your Core Networking Knowledge 59

Chapter 5: Getting into the Cisco Internetwork Operating System 95

Book II: Internet Protocols 131

Chapter 1: Making the Most of IPv4 133

Chapter 2: Choosing between Protocols: TCP and UDP 159

Chapter 3: Working with ARP, the IP Communication Model, and Data Link Layer Troubleshooting 177

Chapter 4: Preparing for the Advent of IPv6 203

Book III: Switching 211

Chapter 1: Reviewing the Enterprise LAN 213

Chapter 2: Switching Basics 225

Chapter 3: Confi guring Switches 237

Chapter 4: Easing Device Discovery with CDP 265

Chapter 5: Virtualizing Networks with VLANs and VTP 277

Chapter 6: Adding Fault Tolerance with STP 295

Chapter 7: Adding Fault Tolerance with EtherChannel 315

Chapter 8: Speeding Confi guration with Smartport Macros 327

Book IV: Routing 337

Chapter 1: Making the Wide Area Network (WAN) Wide 339

Chapter 2: Cozying Up to Routing Basics 351

Chapter 3: Router Confi guration 365

Chapter 4: Setting Up Static Routes 385

Chapter 5: Confi guring Serial Connections and WAN Links 395

Chapter 6: Meeting the Routing Protocols 407

Chapter 7: Checking Out RIP and EIGRP Characteristics and Design 419

Chapter 8: Getting Comfortable with the OSPF and IS-IS Protocols 433

Chapter 9: Routing with BGP and IP Multicast 451

Book V: Wireless 471

Chapter 1: Getting Wise to Wireless LANs473

Chapter 2: Planning Your WLAN 491

Chapter 3: Securing Your WLAN 519

Chapter 4: Building a Cisco Wireless Network 535

Book VI: Security 555

Chapter 1: Defending against Common Attacks with Basic Security Tools 557

Chapter 2: Securing Networks with Cisco's Adaptive Security Appliance 579

Chapter 3: Securing Networks with ACLs and NAT 611

Chapter 4: Cisco Security Best Practices 633

Index 655