Cisco Networking Academy Program: Lab Companion, Volume I / Edition 2

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The Only Authorized Lab Companion for the Cisco Networking Academy Program.

  • Cisco-approved study materials for the Networking Academies course
  • Written by the course developer
  • Maps to online curriculum version
  • Increased integration across print products for more effective learning resource
  • Expanded CD-ROM - To include interactive e-Lab activities, over 400 CCNA preparation questions, Real Media movies and animations and more
  • Includes all of the labs that appear on the online curriculum and more than a dozen challenge labs.
  • Provides excellent directions and hints for getting the most out of the labs.

Cisco Networking Academy Program: Lab Companion, Vol. I, Second Edition is the lab companion product to the Cisco Networking Academy Program semesters 1 and 2. This book has been strongly integrated with the Cisco Networking Academy Program: First-Year Companion Guide, Second Edition and the Cisco Networking Academy Program: Engineering Journal and Workbook, Volume I, Second Edition. It saves you the time and cost of printing out the online materials.

The Lab Companion contains all the labs from Version 2.1 of the online curriculum, along with additional instruction and bonus labs not found anywhere else. Also includes a CD-ROM containing additional learning materials and e-Labs for reality-based lab training and learning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587130274
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 4/16/2001
  • Series: Cisco Networking Academy Program Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Lorenz is the lead instructor and coordinator for the Cisco Regional Training Academy at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) in Chandler, Arizona, where he is a full–time faculty member. He has 20 years of experience in computers and information systems with companies such as Honeywell and Motorola. Other books published by this author: Book 1: Cisco Networking Academy Program: Lab Companion, Volume I, 1-58713-022-X Book 2: Cisco Networking Academy Program: Lab Companion, Volume II, 1-57870-235-6 Book 3: Cisco Networking Academy Program: Lab Companion, Volume II, 1-58713-023-8.
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Cisco Labs–Semester 1: Networking Fundamentals
Lab 1.1.1–PC Hardware–Overview

(Estimated time: 60 minutes)


  • Connect peripheral components (monitor, keyboard, and so on) to the main PC system unit
  • Name the typical PC components
  • Identify major internal PC components and connections
  • Document the configuration of a functioning PC
  • Boot a system to a Windows operating system (Windows 95, 98, NT, or 2000)
  • Use the Control Panel, System icon utility to gather information about the PC configuration


This lab helps you become familiar with the basic peripheral components of a PC computer system and their connections, including network attachment. You also examine the internal PC configuration and identify major components. You observe the boot process for the Windows operating system and use the Control Panel to find out information about the PC. Knowing the components of a PC is valuable when troubleshooting and is important to your success in the networking field. For some students, this lab is a review.


Before you begin, the teacher or lab assistant should have a typical desktop Pentium-based PC available with all peripherals, such as keyboard, monitor, mouse, speakers or headphones, a network interface card (NIC), and network cable. The system unit cover should be removed, or tools should be provided to remove it. You can work individually or in teams. Before you begin this lab, you should read the A+ or PC hardware maintenance training materials.

Required Resources:

  • PC with monitor, keyboard, mouse, and power cords
  • Windows operating system (Windows 95, 98, NT, or 2000)
  • Sound card and speakers or headphones
  • Network Interface Card and Cat 5 patch cable


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Lab 1.1.1–PC Hardware–Worksheet

Step 1. Examine the computer for internal and external components.

Task: Examine the computer and peripheral components, both front and back.

Explanation: The components and configuration of the PC you are working with may vary from the sample answers below.

1. What is the manufacturer and model number of this computer?


Model Number

2. Remove the PC system unit cover. List at least eight major internal components inside the system unit (use the procedure in Step 3 to find the CPU and amount of RAM).

Component Name


3. What are the major external components of the PC, including the peripherals?

Component Name


Step 2. Observe the boot process.

Task: Assemble the PC components and attach all peripherals and boot the PC. Observe the boot process.

Explanation: The computer should boot to the Windows operating system. If the computer does not boot, contact the lab assistant.

1. Observe the boot process.

a. Did the Windows operating system boot OK? ________________________________

b. Could you see how much memory there was as the system was booting? ___________

Step 3. General system information.

Task: Click the Start button and select Settings and Control Panel. Click the System icon and then the General tab.

Explanation: Here, we view information about the computer by using the operating system.


a. What is the Central Processing Unit? _______________________________________

b. How much RAM is installed? _____________________________________________

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Table of Contents


1. Computing Basics.
Lab 1.1.1 PC Hardware. Lab 1.1.4 NIC Installation. Lab TCP/IP Network Settings. Lab PC Software. Lab 1.2.2 Web Browser Literacy. Lab 1.2.3 Basic Troubleshooting. Lab 1.3.6 Binary Numbering.

2. The OSI Model.
Lab 2.2.5 OSI Model Layers. Lab 2.3.4 OSI Model and TCP/IP.

3. Local-Area Networks (LANS).
Lab 3.4.2 Basic LAN Setup.

4. Layer 1: Electronics and Signals.
Lab 4.2.1 Safe Handling and Use of a Multimeter. Lab 4.2.2 Resistance Measurements. Lab 4.2.3 Voltage Measurements. Lab 4.2.4 Series Circuits. Lab 4.2.5 Communications Circuit.

5. Layer 1: Media, Connections and Collisions.
Lab 5.3.1 Basic Cable Tester. Lab 5.3.2 Straight-Through Cable. Lab 5.3.3 Rollover Cable. Lab 5.3.4 Crossover Cable. Lab 5.3.5 Cable Tester-Wire Map. Lab 5.3.6 Straight-Through Cable Tester. Lab 5.3.7 Cable Tester-Length.

7. Layer 2: Technologies. Lab 7.6.2 Network Discovery. Lab 7.6.3 Network Inspector Problem Log. Lab 7.6.4 Protocol Inspector Frame Stats.
9. Structured Cabling Project.
Lab 9.2.12 RJ-45 Jack Install. Lab 9.5.1 Demo Cable Installation. Lab 9.7.13 Demo Cable Testing.

10. Layer 3: Routing and Addressing.
Lab 10.4.1 IP Addressing. Lab 10.6.6 Subnet Mask 1-Class C with 2 Subnets. Lab 10.7.5 Subnet Mask 2-Class B with 3 Subnets. Lab10.7.7 Subnet Mask 3-Class C with 3 Subnets.

11. Layer 3: Protocols.
Lab 11.9.1 Protocol Inspector and ARP. Lab 12.4.1 Protocol Inspector and TCP.


2. WANs and Routers.
Lab 2.2.2 Router Characteristics. Lab Router Lab Setup. Lab Router Lab Configuration.

3. Router Command-Line Interface (CLI).
Lab 3.2.1 Router User Interface. Lab 3.2.2 Router User Interface Modes.

4. Router Components. Lab 4.2.4 Router Show Commands. Lab 4.3.5 CDP Neighbors. Lab 4.4.2 Remote Telnet Access. Lab 4.4.3 ICMP Ping. Lab 4.4.4 Traceroute Command. Lab 4.4.7 Show Interface and Clear Counters. Lab 4.5.1 Troubleshooting Tools Challenge.
5. Router Startup and Setup.
Lab 5.2.3 Router Setup Command. Lab 5.3.1 Router Setup Challenge.

6. Router Configuration 1.
Lab 6.1.2 Router Configuration with HyperTerminal. Lab 6.1.4 Router Configuration with TFTP. Lab 6.2.1 Basic Router Configuration. Lab 6.2.5 Router Interface Configuration. Lab 6.3.3 Router Password Recovery. Lab 6.4.1 Router Configuration Challenge. Lab 6.4.2 Cisco ConfigMaker. Lab 6.4.3 Router Configuration with a Web Browser.

7. Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS) Images.
Lab 7.1.3 IOS Image Boot. Lab 7.3.5 IOS Image Backup/Restore.

8. Router Configuration 2.
Lab 8.1.2 Router Password Recovery. Lab 8.2.1 Individual Router Configuration.

9. TCP/IP.
Lab Show ARP and Clear ARP. Lab ARP Challenge. Lab X.X.X.X Network Troubleshooting Challenge.

10. IP Addressing.
Lab 10.1.4 IP Addressing and Subnets Challenge. Lab 10.4.1 Semester 2 Topology Challenge.

12. Routing Protocols.
Lab 12.1.5 Static Routes. Lab 12.3.5 RIP Routing. Lab 12.5.1 RIP Convergence. Lab 12.5.2 Routing Loops Challenge. Lab 12.5.3 Routing Loops Prevention Challenge.

13. Network Troubleshooting.
Lab 13.1.6 Troubleshooting 5-Router Network.

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This manual was developed for use with the Cisco CCNA online curriculum and the Cisco Networking Academy Program: First-Year Companion Guide, Second Edition, textbook for Semesters 1 and 2. These labs are based on those in the current Cisco Networking Academy Program with some additional information. Most of the labs are hands-on and require access to a Cisco Router Lab or a Simulator. Additional paper-based labs, which are practice exercises for complex topics, are included to supplement the online curriculum.

All labs and exercises are structured in two parts:

  1. Overview Section: Includes Objectives, Background information, and a Tools/Preparation section to help students, instructors, and lab assistants prepare for the lab.
  2. Worksheet Section: Includes the steps necessary to complete the lab and progress questions.
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