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The Cisco Networking Academy is a comprehensive e-learning program that provides students with Internet technology skills. A Networking Academy delivers web-based content, online assessment, student performance tracking, and hands-on labs to prepare students for industry-standard certifications. The CCNA curriculum includes four courses oriented around the topics on the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.
Accessing the WAN, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide is the official supplement textbook to be used with version 4 of the CCNA Exploration Accessing the WAN online curriculum of the Networking Academy.
This book goes beyond earlier editions of the Cisco Press Companion Guides by providing many alternative explanations and examples as compared with the course. You can use the online curriculum as normal and use this Companion Guide to help solidify your understanding of all the topics through the alternative examples.
The basis for this book as well as the online curriculum is to help you understand several WAN technologies, including PPP and Frame Relay, and related topics, such as access control lists and Network Address Translation. This book also introduces other WAN technologies, such as DSL, cable modems, and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).
Goals of This Book
First and foremost, by providing a fresh, complementary perspective on the topics, this book is intended to help you learn all the required materials of the Exploration Accessing the WAN course in the Networking Academy CCNA curriculum. As a secondary goal, the text is intended as a mobile replacement for the online curriculum for individuals who do not always have Internet access. In those cases, you can instead read the appropriate sections of the book, as directed by your instructor, and learn the same material that is covered in the online curriculum. Another secondary goal is to serve as your offline study material and help you prepare for the CCNA exam.
Audience for This Book
This book's main audience is anyone taking the CCNA Exploration Accessing the WAN course of the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum. Many Academies use this textbook as a required tool in the course, and other Academies recommend the Companion Guides as an additional source of study and practice materials.
The secondary audience for this book includes people taking CCNA-related classes from professional training organizations. This book can also be used for college- and university-level networking courses, as well as by anyone who wants to gain a detailed understanding of wide-area networks.
The educational features of this book focus on supporting topic coverage, readability, and practice of the course material to facilitate your full understanding of the course material.
The following features give you a thorough overview of the topics covered in each chapter so that you can make constructive use of your study time:
- Objectives: Listed at the beginning of each chapter, the objectives reference the core concepts covered in the chapter. The objectives match the objectives stated in the corresponding chapters of the online curriculum. However, the question format in the Companion Guide encourages you to think about finding the answers as you read the chapter.
- "How-to" feature: When this book covers a set of steps that you need to perform for certain tasks, this book lists the steps as a how-to list. When you are studying, the How To icon helps you easily find this feature as you skim through the book.
- Notes, tips, cautions, and warnings: These are sidebars that point out interesting facts, time-saving methods, and important safety issues.
- Chapter summaries: At the end of each chapter is a summary of the chapter's key concepts. It provides a synopsis of the chapter and serves as a study aid.
The authors have compiled, edited, and in some cases rewritten the material so that it has a more conversational tone that follows a consistent and accessible reading level. In addition, the following features have been updated to aid your understanding of the networking vocabulary:
- Key terms: Each chapter begins with a list of key terms, along with a page number reference. The terms are listed in the order in which they are explained in the chapter. This handy reference allows you to see a term, flip to the page where it appears, and see it used in context. The glossary defines all the key terms.
- Glossary: This book contains an all-new glossary with more than 240 terms.
Practice makes perfect. This new Companion Guide offers you ample opportunities to put what you learn into practice. You will find the following features valuable and effective in reinforcing the instruction that you receive:
- Check Your Understanding questions and answer key: Updated review questions are presented at the end of each chapter as a self-assessment tool. These questions match the style of questions that you see in the online course. The appendix, "Check Your Understanding and Challenge Questions Answer Key," provides the answers to all the questions and includes an explanation of each answer.
- (New) Challenge questions and activities: Additionaland more challengingreview questions and activities are presented at the end of each chapter. These questions are designed to be similar to the more complex styles of questions you might see on the CCNA exam. This section might also include activities to help prepare you for the exams. Appendix A provides the answers.
- Packet Tracer activities: Interspersed throughout the chapters, you'll find many opportunities to work with the Cisco Packet Tracer tool. Packet Tracer allows you to create networks, visualize how packets flow in the network, and use basic testing tools to determine whether the network would work. When you see this icon, you can use Packet Tracer with the listed file to perform a task suggested in this book. The activity files are available on this book's CD-ROM; Packet Tracer software is available through the Academy Connection website. Ask your instructor for access to Packet Tracer.
The supplementary book Accessing the WAN, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide by Cisco Press (ISBN: 1-58713-201-x) contains all the labs from the curriculum plus additional challenge labs and study guide material. The end of each chapter of this Companion Guide indicates with icons what labs, activities, and Packet Tracer activities are available in the Labs and Study Guide.
- Lab references: This icon notes the hands-on labs created for this chapter in the online curriculum. In Accessing the WAN, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide you will also find additional labs and study guide material created by the author of that book.
- (New) Packet Tracer Companion activities: Many of the hands-on labs include Packet Tracer Companion activities, where you can use Packet Tracer to complete a simulation of the lab. Look for this icon in Accessing the WAN, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide for hands-on labs that have a Packet Tracer Companion.
- (New) Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activities: These activities require you to pull together several skills you learned from the chapter to successfully complete one comprehensive exercise. Look for this icon in Accessing the WAN, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide for instructions on how to perform the Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge for this chapter.
Packet Tracer is a self-paced, visual, interactive teaching and learning tool developed by Cisco. Lab activities are an important part of networking education. However, lab equipment can be a scarce resource. Packet Tracer provides a visual simulation of equipment and network processes to offset the challenge of limited equipment. Students can spend as much time as they like completing standard lab exercises through Packet Tracer, and they have the option to work from home. Although Packet Tracer is not a substitute for real equipment, it allows students to practice using a command-line interface. This "e-doing" capability is a fundamental component of learning how to configure routers and switches from the command line.
Packet Tracer version 4.x is available only to Cisco Networking Academies through the Academy Connection website. Ask your instructor for access to Packet Tracer.
The course essentially includes three different types of Packet Tracer activities. This book uses icons to indicate which type of Packet Tracer activity is available. The icons are intended to give you a sense of the activity's purpose and the amount of time you'll need to complete it. The three types of Packet Tracer activities are as follows:
- Packet Tracer Activity: This icon identifies straightforward exercises interspersed throughout the chapters, where you can practice or visualize a specific topic. The activity files for these exercises are available on the book's CD-ROM. These activities take less time to complete than the Packet Tracer Companion and Challenge activities.
- Packet Tracer Companion: This icon identifies exercises that correspond to the course's hands-on labs. You can use Packet Tracer to complete a simulation of the hands-on lab or complete a similar "lab." The Companion Guide points these out at the end of each chapter, but look for this icon and the associated exercise file in Accessing the WAN, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide for hands-on labs that have a Packet Tracer Companion.
- Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge: This icon identifies activities that require you to pull together several skills you learned from the chapter to successfully complete one comprehensive exercise. The Companion Guide points these out at the end of each chapter, but look for this icon in Accessing the WAN, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide for instructions on how to perform the Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge for this chapter.
The book covers the major topic headings in the same sequence as the online curriculum for the CCNA Exploration Accessing the WAN course. This book has eight chapters, with the same numbers and similar names as the online course chapters.
If you're reading this book without being in the CCNA Accessing the WAN class, or if you're just using this book for self-study, the sequence of topics in each chapter provides a logical sequence for learning the material presented.
- Chapter 1, "Introduction to WANs," provides an overview of the options available for designing enterprise WANs, the technologies available to implement them, and the terminology used to discuss them. You will learn about selecting the appropriate WAN technologies, services, and devices to meet the changing business requirements of an evolving enterprise.
- Chapter 2, "PPP," examines PPP, including its roots in HDLC, PPP concepts, PPP layered architecture, and configuring PPP. Configuring PPP with authentication using PAP and CHAP are also discussed.
- Chapter 3, "Frame Relay," examines the Frame Relay protocol. Basic Frame Relay concepts are discussed, including encapsulation, topologies, and address mapping. Various Frame Relay configuration techniques are examined, including the use of static Frame Relay maps, the use of inverse ARP, and configuring Frame Relay on subinterfaces.
- Chapter 4, "Network Security," covers the threats and attacks that face many of today's networks. Security policies and mitigation techniques are discussed. Securing networks and devices is examined, including an introduction to Cisco SDM. Managing Cisco IOS images is also discussed in this chapter, including password recovery and restoring IOS images.
- Chapter 5, "ACLs," discusses ACL operation and guidelines using standard, extended, and named ACLs. Configuring ACLs is examined, including using wildcard masks, monitoring ACLs, and applying ACLs to interfaces. Dynamic ACLs, reflexive ACLs, and time-based ACLs are introduced.
- Chapter 6, "Teleworker Services," discusses how organizations can provide secure, fast, and reliable remote network connections for teleworkers. This chapter introduces DSL, cable modem, and broadband wireless. VPNs and IPsec also are discussed.
- Chapter 7, "IP Addressing Services," discusses DHCP, NAT, and IPv6. This chapter includes both the concepts and configurations needed to implement these technologies.
- Chapter 8, "Network Troubleshooting," discusses documenting your network, creating a baseline, and the troubleshooting tools and methodologies used in diagnosing network issues.
- The appendix, "Check Your Understanding and Challenge Questions Answer Key," provides the answers to the Check Your Understanding questions at the end of each chapter. It also includes answers for the Challenge Questions and Activities that conclude most chapters.
- The glossary defines all the key terms that appear throughout this book.
The CD-ROM included with this book provides many useful tools and information to support your education:
- Packet Tracer Activity files: These are files to work through the Packet Tracer Activities referenced throughout the book, as indicated by the Packet Tracer Activity icon.
- Taking Notes: This section includes a .txt file of the chapter objectives to serve as a general outline of the key topics of which you need to take note. The practice of taking clear, consistent notes is an important skill not only for learning and studying the material but for on-the-job success as well. Also included in this section is "A Guide to Using a Networker's Journal" PDF booklet providing important insight into the value of the practice of using a journal, how to organize a professional journal, and some best practices on what, and what not, to take note of in your journal.
- IT Career Information: This section includes a student guide to applying the toolkit approach to your career development. Learn more about entering the world of information technology as a career by reading two informational chapters excerpted from The IT Career Builder's Toolkit: "The Job Search" and "The Interview."
- Lifelong Learning in Networking: As you embark on a technology career, you will notice that it is ever-changing and evolving. This career path provides new and exciting opportunities to learn new technologies and their applications. Cisco Press is one of the key resources to plug into on your quest for knowledge. This section of the CD-ROM provides an orientation to the information available to you and tips on how to tap into these resources for lifelong learning.
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