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Overview

LAN Switching and Wireless

CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide

Allan Johnson

LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide is designed to help you learn about and apply your knowledge of the LAN switching and wireless topics from Version 4 of the Cisco® Networking Academy® CCNA® Exploration curriculum. Each chapter contains a Study Guide section and a Labs and Activities section.

Study Guide

The dozens of exercises in this book help you learn the concepts and configurations crucial to your success as a CCNA exam candidate. Each chapter is slightly different and includes matching, multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and open-ended questions designed to help you

  • Review vocabulary
  • Strengthen troubleshooting skills
  • Boost configuration skills
  • Reinforce concepts
  • Research topics

Packet Tracer Activities—This icon identifies exercises interspersed throughout the Study Guide section where you can practice or visualize a specific task using Packet Tracer, a powerful network simulation program developed by Cisco.

Labs and Activities

The Labs and Activities sections begin with a Command Reference table and include all the online curriculum labs to ensure that you have mastered the practical skills needed to succeed in this course.

Hands-On Labs—This icon identifies the hands-on labs created for each chapter. Work through all the Basic, Challenge, and Troubleshooting labs as provided to gain a deep understanding of CCNA knowledge and skills to ultimately succeed on the CCNA Certification Exam.

Packet Tracer Companion—This icon identifies the companion activities that correspond to each hands-on lab. You use Packet Tracer to complete a simulation of the hands-on lab.

Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge—Each chapter concludes with a culminating activity called the Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge. These challenging activities require you to pull together several skills learned from the chapter—as well as previous chapters and courses—to successfully complete one comprehensive exercise.

Allan Johnson works full time developing curriculum for Cisco Networking Academy. Allan also is a part-time instructor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Use this book with:

LAN Switching and Wireless,

CCNA Exploration Companion Guide

ISBN-10: 1-58713-207-9

ISBN-13: 978-158713-207-0

Companion CD-ROM

The CD-ROM provides all the Packet Tracer Activity, Packet Tracer Companion, and Packet Tracer Challenge files that are referenced throughout the book as indicated by the icons. These files work with Packet Tracer v4.1 software, which is available through the Academy Connection website. Ask your instructor for access to the Packet Tracer software.

This book is part of the Cisco Networking Academy Series from Cisco Press®. Books in this series support and complement the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587132025
  • Publisher: Cisco Press
  • Publication date: 5/14/2008
  • Series: Lab Companion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan Johnsonentered the academic world in 1999 after 10 years as a business owner/operator to dedicate his efforts to his passion for teaching. He holds both an MBA and an M.Ed. in occupational training and development. He is an information technology instructor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 2003, Allan began to commit much of his time and energy to the CCNA Instructional Support Team providing services to Networking Academy instructors worldwide and creating training materials. He now works full time for the Academy in Learning Systems Development.

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IntroductionIntroduction

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.

LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide is a supplement to your classroom and laboratory experience with the Cisco Networking Academy. In order to be successful on the exam and achieve your CCNA certification, you should do everything in your power to arm yourself with a variety of tools and training materials to support your learning efforts. This Labs and Study Guide is just such a collection of tools. Used to its fullest extent, it will help you gain the knowledge and practice the skills associated with the content area of the CCNA Exploration LAN Switching and Wireless course. Specifically, this book will help you work on these main areas:

  • LAN design principles and concepts
  • Ethernet operation with switches
  • Basic switch configuration and security
  • VLAN concepts and configuration
  • VTP concepts and configuration
  • STP, RSTP, and rapid PVST+ concepts and configuration
  • Inter-VLAN routing concepts and configuration
  • LAN wireless concepts and security issues
  • LAN wireless configuration using Linksys WRT300N routers
  • Troubleshooting LAN switching and wireless configurations

Labs and Study Guides similar to this one are also available for the other three courses: Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide, Routing Protocols and Concepts, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide, and Accessing the WAN, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide.

Audience for This Book

This book's main audience is anyone taking the CCNA Exploration LAN Switching and Wireless course of the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum. Many Academies use this book as a required tool in the course, while other Academies recommend the Labs and Study Guides as an additional source of study and practice materials.

The secondary audiences for this book include 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 anyone wanting to gain a detailed understanding of basic switching and wireless technologies.

Goals and Methods

The most important goal of this book is to help you pass the CCNA exam (640-802). Passing this foundation exam means that you not only have the required knowledge of the technologies covered by the exam, but that you can plan, design, implement, operate, and troubleshoot these technologies. In other words, these exams are rigorously application based. You can view the exam topics any time at http://www.cisco.com/go/certifications. The topics are divided into eight categories:

  • Describe how a network works
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot a switch with VLANs and inter-switch communications
  • Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP services to meet network requirements in a medium-sized enterprise branch office network
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic router operation and routing on Cisco devices
  • Explain and select the appropriate administrative tasks required for a WLAN
  • Identify security threats to a network and describe general methods to mitigate those threats
  • Implement, verify, and troubleshoot NAT and ACLs in a medium-sized enterprise branch office network
  • Implement and verify WAN links

The LAN Switching and Wireless course focuses on the second, fifth, and sixth bullets.

The Study Guide portion of each chapter offers exercises that help you learn the LAN switching and wireless concepts as well as the configurations crucial to your success as a CCNA exam candidate. Each chapter is slightly different and includes some or all of the following types of exercises:

  • Vocabulary matching and completion
  • Skill-building activities and scenarios
  • Configuration scenarios
  • Concept questions
  • Internet research

In the configuration chapters, you'll find many Packet Tracer Activities that 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 in this book's CD-ROM; Packet Tracer software, however, is available through the Academy Connection website. Ask your instructor for access to Packet Tracer.

The Labs and Activities portion of each chapter includes a Command Reference table, all the online Curriculum Labs, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge Activity. The Curriculum Labs are divided into three categories:

  • Basic: The Basic Labs are procedural in nature and assume you have no experience configuring the technologies that are the topic of the lab.
  • Challenge: The Challenge Labs are implementation in nature and assume you have a firm enough grasp on the technologies to "go it alone." These labs often only give you a general requirement that you must implement fully without the details of each small step. In other words, you must use the knowledge and skills you gained in the chapter text, activities, and Basic Lab to successfully complete the Challenge Labs. Avoid the temptation to work through the Challenge Lab by flipping back through the Basic Lab when you are not sure of a command. Do not try to short-circuit your CCNA training. You need a deep understanding CCNA knowledge and skills to ultimately be successful on the CCNA exam.
  • Troubleshooting: The Troubleshooting Labs will ask you to fix a broken network. These labs include corrupted scripts you purposefully load onto the routers. Then you use troubleshooting techniques to isolate problems and implement a solution. By the end of the lab, you should have a functional network with full end-to-end connectivity.

Most of the hands-on labs include Packet Tracer Companion Activities where you can use Packet Tracer to complete a simulation of the lab.

Each chapter also includes a culminating activity called the

Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge. These activities require you to pull together several skills learned from the chapter— and from previous chapters and courses—to successfully complete one comprehensive exercise.

A Word About Packet Tracer

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 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 v4.x is available only to Cisco Networking Academies through the Academy Connection website.

How This Book Is Organized

Because the content of LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide and the online curriculum is sequential, you should work through this Labs and Study Guide in order beginning with Chapter 1.

The book covers the major topic headings in the same sequence as the online curriculum for the CCNA Exploration LAN Switching and Wireless course. This book has seven chapters, with the same numbers and names as the online course chapters.

If necessary, a chapter uses a single topology for the exercises in the Study Guide portion. The single topology per chapter allows for better continuity and easier understanding of switching commands, operations, and outputs. However, the topology is different from the one used in the online curriculum and the Companion Guide. A different topology affords you the opportunity to practice your knowledge and skills without just simply recording the information you find in the text.

  • Chapter 1, "LAN Design": The exercises in the Study Guide portion focus on LAN design concepts, including vocabulary and the three-layer hierarchical model. The Labs and Activities portion includes a Basic Lab, a Challenge Lab, a Troubleshooting Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.
  • Chapter 2, "Basic Switch Concepts and Configuration": The exercises in the Study Guide portion help you understand basic Ethernet and switching concepts, including building the MAC address table and collision and broadcast domains. Then, the Packet Tracer exercises cover, in detail, how to configure a switch, including basic switch management and configuring switch security. The Labs and Activities portion includes two Basic Labs, a Challenge Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.
  • Chapter 3, "VLANs": The exercises in the Study Guide portion focus on the concepts of VLANs, including benefits of VLANs and types of VLANs. The exercises then cover VLAN trunking concepts before moving into a section devoted to a VLAN and trunk configuration Packet Tracer exercise. The Labs and Activities portion includes a Basic Lab, a Challenge Lab, a Troubleshooting Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.
  • Chapter 4, "VTP": The exercises in the Study Guide portion are devoted to VTP concepts and configuration, including vocabulary, VTP modes, an Internet research exercise, and a VTP Packet Tracer exercise. The Labs and Activities portion includes a Basic Lab, a Challenge Lab, a Troubleshooting Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.
  • Chapter 5, "STP": The exercises in the Study Guide portion focus on the concept of redundant LAN topologies, using STP and its variants to stop loops, and the commands to manipulate root bridge elections. The Labs and Activities portion of the chapter includes a Basic Lab, a Challenge Lab, a Troubleshooting Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.
  • Chapter 6, "Inter-VLAN Routing": This short chapter focuses on how to configure inter-VLAN routing, including two Packet Tracer exercises. The Labs and Activities portion includes a Basic Lab, a Challenge Lab, a Troubleshooting Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.
  • Chapter 7, "Basic Wireless Concepts and Configuration": The exercises in the Study Guide portion begin with wireless LAN concepts, including standards, operation, and security. The exercises then cover wireless configuration for LAN access using a Linksys WRT300N, including a Packet Tracer exercise.

    The Labs and Activities portion of the chapter includes a Basic Lab, a Challenge Lab, a Troubleshooting Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.

About the CD-ROM

The CD-ROM included with this book has all the Packet Tracer Activity, Packet Tracer Companion, and Packet Tracer Challenge

files that are referenced throughout the book, indicated by the Packet Tracer Activity, Packet Tracer Companion, and Packet Tracer Challenge icons.

Updates to these files can be obtained from the website for this book at http://www.ciscopress.com/title/1587132028. The files will be updated to cover any subsequent releases of Packet Tracer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 LAN Design

Switched LAN Architecture

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 2

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion 3

Three-Layer Hierarchical Model Exercise 4

Matching Switches to Specific LAN Functions 6

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching 6

Layer Features of the Hierarchical Model Exercise 7

Command Reference 8

Lab 1-1: Review of Concepts from Exploration 1 (1.3.1) 9

Task 1: Design a Logical LAN Topology

Task 2: Configure the Physical Topology

Task 3: Configure the Logical Topology

Task 4: Verify Network Connectivity

Task 5: Verify Passwords

Task 6: Reflection

Task 7: Clean Up

Review of Concepts from Exploration 1 (1.3.1)

Appendix 1A: Installing and Configuring Tera Term for Use in Windows XP

Appendix 1B: Configuring Tera Term as the Default Telnet Client in Windows XP

Appendix 1C: Accessing and Configuring HyperTerminal

Curriculum Lab 1-2: Review of Concepts from Exploration 1—Challenge (1.3.2)

Task 1: Design a Logical LAN Topology

Task 2: Configure the Physical Topology

Task 3: Configure the Logical Topology

Task 4: Verify Network Connectivity

Task 5: Verify Passwords

Task 6: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Review of Concepts from Exploration 1—Challenge (1.3.2)

Curriculum Lab 1-3: Troubleshooting a Small Network (1.3.3)

Task 1: Examine the Logical LAN Topology

Task 2: Cable, Erase, and Reload the Routers

Task 3: Configure the Host Computers

Task 4: Load the Router with the Supplied Scripts

Task 5: Identify Connectivity Problems

Task 6: Troubleshoot Network Connections

Task 7: Clean Up

Troubleshooting a Small Network (1.3.3)

Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge

Task 1: Design and Document an Addressing Scheme

Task 2: Add and Connect the Devices

Task 3: Apply Basic Configurations

Task 4: Test Connectivity and Examine the Configuration

Chapter 2 Basic Switch Concepts and Configuration

Introduction to Ethernet/802.3 LANs

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching

Basic Ethernet and Switching Concepts Exercise

Building the MAC Address Table Exercise

Collision and Broadcast Domain Exercises

Forwarding Frames Using a Switch

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion

Switch Management Configuration

Basic Switch Configuration Exercise

Packet Tracer Exercise 2-1: Basic Switch Configuration

Basic Switch Management Exercise

Packet Tracer Exercise 2-2: Basic Switch Management

Configuring Switch Security

Configuring SSH Exercise

Common Security Attacks Exercise

Configuring Port Security Exercise

Packet Tracer Exercise 2-3: Configuring Port Security

Command Reference

Lab 2-1: Basic Switch Configuration (2.5.1)

Task 1: Cable, Erase, and Reload the Switch

Task 2: Verify the Default Switch Configuration

Task 3: Create a Basic Switch Configuration

Task 4: Manage the MAC Address Table

Task 5: Configure Port Security

Task 6: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Basic Switch Configuration (2.5.1)

Appendix 1: Erasing and Reloading the Switch

Lab 2-2: Managing Switch Operating System and Configuration Files (2.5.2)

Task 1: Cable and Initialize the Network

Task 2: Start and Configure the TFTP Server

Task 3: Save the Cisco IOS File to a TFTP Server

Task 4: Restore the Cisco IOS File to the Switch from a TFTP Server

Task 5: Back Up and Restore a Configuration File from a TFTP Server

Task 6: Upgrade the Cisco IOS Software of the Switch

Task 7: Recover Passwords on the Catalyst 2960

Task 8: Clean Up

Lab 2-3: Managing Switch Operating System and Configuration Files Challenge (2.5.3)

Task 1: Cable and Initialize the Network

Task 2: Start and Configure the TFTP Server

Task 3: Save the Cisco IOS File to the TFTP Server

Task 4: Restore the Cisco IOS File to the Switch from a TFTP Server

Task 5: Back Up and Restore a Configuration File from a TFTP Server

Task 6: Upgrade the Cisco IOS Software of the Switch

Task 7: Recover Passwords on the Catalyst 2960

Task 8: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge

Task 1: Establish a Console Connection to a Switch

Task 2: Configure the Hostname and VLAN 99

Task 3: Configure the Clock Using Help

Task 4: Modify the History Buffer

Task 5: Configure Passwords and Console/Telnet Access

Task 6: Configure the Login Banner

Task 7: Configure the Router

Task 8: Configure the Boot Sequence

Task 9: Solve a Mismatch Between Duplex and Speed

Task 10: Manage the MAC Address Table

Task 11: Configure Port Security

Task 12: Secure Unused Ports

Task 13: Manage the Switch Configuration File

Chapter 3 VLANs

Introducing VLANs

VLAN Concepts Exercise

VLAN Trunking

Understanding VLAN Trunking Exercise

Configure VLANs and Trunks

VLAN Configuration Exercise

Packet Tracer Exercise 3-1: VLAN Configuration

Troubleshooting VLANs and Trunks

Troubleshooting VLANs and Trunks Exercise

Command Reference

Lab 3-1: Basic VLAN Configuration (3.5.1)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Perform Basic Switch Configurations

Task 3: Configure and Activate Ethernet Interfaces

Task 4: Configure VLANs on the Switch

Task 5: Document the Switch Configurations

Task 6: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Basic VLAN Configuration (3.5.1)

Lab 3-2: Challenge VLAN Configuration (3.5.2)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Perform Basic Switch Configuration

Task 3: Configure and Activate Ethernet Interfaces

Task 4: Configure VLANs on the Switch

Task 5: Document the Switch Configurations

Task 6: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Challenge VLAN Configuration (3.5.2)

Lab 3-3: Troubleshooting VLAN Configurations (3.5.3)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Troubleshoot and Correct the VLAN Configuration

Task 3: Document the Switch Configurations

Task 4: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Troubleshooting VLAN Configurations (3.5.3)

Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge

Task 1: Add and Connect the Switches

Task 2: Add and Connect the PCs

Task 3: Configure Devices and Verify Connectivity

Task 4: Configure and Verify Port Security

Task 5: Configure VLANs on the Switches

Task 6: Configure Trunks on the Switches

Chapter 4 VTP

VTP Concepts

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching

Vocabulary Exercise: Completion

VTP Concepts and Modes Exercise

VTP Operation

VTP Operations Exercise

Internet Research: VTP

VTP Scenario

Configure VTP

VTP Configuration Exercise

Packet Tracer Exercise 4-1: VTP Configuration

Command Reference

Lab 4-1: Basic VTP Configuration (4.4.1)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Perform Basic Switch Configurations

Task 3: Configure and Activate Ethernet Interfaces

Task 4: Configure VTP on the Switches

Task 5: Configure VTP Pruning on the Switches

Task 6: Document the Switch Configurations

Task 7: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Basic VTP Configuration (4.4.1)

Lab 4-2: VTP Configuration Challenge (4.4.2)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Perform Basic Switch Configurations

Task 3: Configure Host PCs

Task 4: Configure VTP on the Switches

Task 5: Configure VTP Pruning on the Switches

Task 6: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Challenge VTP Configuration (4.4.2)

Lab 4-3: Troubleshooting VTP Configuration (4.4.3)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Troubleshoot and Correct VTP and VLAN Configuration

Task 3: Document the Switch Configurations

Task 4: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Troubleshooting VTP Configuration (4.4.3)

Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge

Task 1: Configure and Verify Basic Device Configurations

Task 2: Configure and Verify Port Security

Task 3: Configure VTP

Task 4: Configure Trunking

Task 5: Configure VLANs

Task 6: Assign VLANs to Ports

Task 7: Verify End-to-End Connectivity

Chapter 5 STP

Redundant Layer 2 Topologies

Redundancy Reflection Questions

Redundant Topologies Exercise

Introduction to STP

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching

STP Concepts Exercise

STP Convergence

Determine the Root Bridge and Port Role Exercise

Spanning-Tree Recalculation Exercise

STP Topology Change Exercise

PVST+, RSTP, and Rapid PVST+

STP Variants Exercise

Default STP Configuration Exercise

PVST+ Configuration Exercise

RSTP Concepts Exercise

RSTP Port States and Port Roles Exercise

Rapid PVST+ Configuration Exercise

Command Reference

Lab 5-1: Basic Spanning Tree Protocol (5.5.1)

Task 1: Perform Basic Switch Configurations

Task 2: Prepare the Network

Task 3: Configure Host PCs (Optional)

Task 4: Examine Spanning Tree Protocol Default Operation

Task 5: Observe the Response to the Topology Change in 802.1D STP

Task 6: Document the Switch Configurations

Task 7: Clean Up

Lab 5-2: Challenge Spanning Tree Protocol (5.5.2)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Perform Basic Switch Configurations

Task 3: Configure Host PCs (Optional)

Task 4: Configure VTP and VLANs

Task 5: Examine Spanning Tree Protocol Default Operation

Task 6: Optimize STP

Task 7: Observe the Response to the Topology Change in 802.1D STP

Task 8: Configure PVST Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol

Task 9: Observe the Convergence Time of RSTP

Task 10: Document the Switch Configurations

Task 11: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Challenge Spanning Tree Protocol (5.5.2)

Lab 5-3: Troubleshooting Spanning Tree Protocol (5.5.3)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Configure Host PCs (Optional)

Task 3: Identify the Initial State of All Trunks

Task 4: Modify Spanning Tree to Achieve Load Balancing

Task 5: Document the Switch Configurations

Task 6: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Troubleshooting Spanning Tree Protocol (5.5.3)

Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge

Task 1: Design and Document an Addressing Scheme

Task 2: Configure and Verify Basic Device Configurations

Task 3: Configure VTP

Task 4: Configure Trunking

Task 5: Configure VLANs

Task 6: Assign VLANs to Ports

Task 7: Configure STP

Task 8: Configure Host PCs

Chapter 6 Inter-VLAN Routing

Inter-VLAN Routing

Inter-VLAN Routing Concepts Exercise

Configuring Inter-VLAN Routing

Inter-VLAN Routing Configuration Exercise

Packet Tracer Exercise 6-1: Inter-VLAN Configuration

Troubleshooting Inter-VLAN Routing

Common Errors and Troubleshooting Tools Exercise

Packet Tracer Exercise 6-2: Troubleshooting Inter-VLAN Routing

Command Reference

Lab 6-1: Basic Inter-VLAN Routing (6.4.1)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Perform Basic Switch Configurations

Task 3: Configure Host PCs

Task 4: Configure VTP on the Switches

Task 5: Configure the Router and the Remote Server LAN

Task 6: Reflection

Task 7: Document the Switch Configurations

Task 8: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Basic Inter-VLAN Routing (6.4.1)

Lab 6-2: Challenge Inter-VLAN Routing (6.4.2)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Perform Basic Switch Configurations

Task 3: Configure Host PCs

Task 4: Configure VTP and VLANs

Task 5: Configure the Router

Task 6: Document the Switch Configurations

Task 7: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Challenge Inter-VLAN Routing (6.4.2)

Lab 6-3: Troubleshooting Inter-VLAN Routing (6.4.3)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Troubleshoot and Correct the Inter-VLAN Configuration

Task 3: Document the Switch Configurations

Task 4: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Troubleshooting Inter-VLAN Routing (6.4.3)

Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge

Task 1: Configure and Verify Basic Device Configurations

Task 2: Configure VTP

Task 3: Configure Trunking

Task 4: Configure VLANs

Task 5: Assign VLANs to Ports

Task 6: Configure STP

Task 7: Configure Router-on-a-Stick Inter-VLAN Routing

Task 8: Verify End-to-End Connectivity

Chapter 7 Basic Wireless Concepts and Configuration

The Wireless LAN

Vocabulary Exercise: Matching

Wireless Concepts Exercise

Wireless LAN Security

Wireless LAN Security Exercise

Configure Wireless LAN Access

Packet Tracer Exercise 7-1: Wireless LAN Configuration

Troubleshooting Simple WLAN Problems

Troubleshooting Approach for WLANs

Lab 7-1: Basic Wireless Configuration (7.5.1)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Connect and Log into the Wireless Router

Task 3: Configure Options on the Linksys Setup Tab

Task 4: Configure Options on the Linksys Wireless Tab

Task 5: Configure Options on the Linksys Administration Tab

Task 6: Configure Options on the Linksys Security Tab

Task 7: Add Wireless Connectivity to a PC

Task 8: Test Connectivity

Task 9: Clean Up

Lab 7-2: Challenge Wireless WRT300N (7.5.2)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Perform Basic Switch Configurations

Task 3: Configure Host PCs

Task 4: Configure VTP and VLANs

Task 5: Configure the Router

Task 6: Connect to WRS3

Task 7: Configure Options on the Linksys Setup Tab

Task 8: Configure DHCP Settings and Router Time Zone Settings

Task 9: Configure Basic Wireless Settings

Task 10: Enable Wireless Security

Task 11: Configure a Wireless MAC Filter (Optional)

Task 12: Set Access Restrictions (Optional)

Task 13: Manage and Secure the Web Utility of the Router (Optional)

Task 14: Create and Verify Full Connectivity

Task 15: Configure Routing Efficiency (Optional)

Task 16: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Challenge Wireless WRT300N (7.5.2)

Lab 7-3: Troubleshooting Wireless Configuration (7.5.3)

Task 1: Prepare the Network

Task 2: Troubleshoot and Correct the Inter-VLAN Configuration

Task 3: Configure Wireless Network Access

Task 4: Document the Configurations

Task 5: Clean Up

Packet Tracer Companion: Troubleshooting Wireless WRT300N (7.5.3)

Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge

Task 1: Configure and Verify Basic Device Configurations

Task 2: Configure VTP

Task 3: Configure Trunking

Task 4: Configure VLANs

Task 5: Assign VLANs to Ports

Task 6: Configure STP

Task 7: Configure Router-on-a-Stick Inter-VLAN Routing

Task 8: Configure Wireless Connectivity

Task 9: Verify End-to-End Connectivity

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Preface

Introduction

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.

LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide is a supplement to your classroom and laboratory experience with the Cisco Networking Academy. In order to be successful on the exam and achieve your CCNA certification, you should do everything in your power to arm yourself with a variety of tools and training materials to support your learning efforts. This Labs and Study Guide is just such a collection of tools. Used to its fullest extent, it will help you gain the knowledge and practice the skills associated with the content area of the CCNA Exploration LAN Switching and Wireless course. Specifically, this book will help you work on these main areas:

  • LAN design principles and concepts
  • Ethernet operation with switches
  • Basic switch configuration and security
  • VLAN concepts and configuration
  • VTP concepts and configuration
  • STP, RSTP, and rapid PVST+ concepts and configuration
  • Inter-VLAN routing concepts and configuration
  • LAN wireless concepts and security issues
  • LAN wireless configuration using Linksys WRT300N routers
  • Troubleshooting LAN switching and wireless configurations

Labs and Study Guides similar to this one are also available for the other three courses: Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide, Routing Protocols and Concepts, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide, and Accessing the WAN, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide.

Audience for This Book

This book's main audience is anyone taking the CCNA Exploration LAN Switching and Wireless course of the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum. Many Academies use this book as a required tool in the course, while other Academies recommend the Labs and Study Guides as an additional source of study and practice materials.

The secondary audiences for this book include 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 anyone wanting to gain a detailed understanding of basic switching and wireless technologies.

Goals and Methods

The most important goal of this book is to help you pass the CCNA exam (640-802). Passing this foundation exam means that you not only have the required knowledge of the technologies covered by the exam, but that you can plan, design, implement, operate, and troubleshoot these technologies. In other words, these exams are rigorously application based. You can view the exam topics any time at http://www.cisco.com/go/certifications. The topics are divided into eight categories:

  • Describe how a network works
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot a switch with VLANs and inter-switch communications
  • Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP services to meet network requirements in a medium-sized enterprise branch office network
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic router operation and routing on Cisco devices
  • Explain and select the appropriate administrative tasks required for a WLAN
  • Identify security threats to a network and describe general methods to mitigate those threats
  • Implement, verify, and troubleshoot NAT and ACLs in a medium-sized enterprise branch office network
  • Implement and verify WAN links

The LAN Switching and Wireless course focuses on the second, fifth, and sixth bullets.

The Study Guide portion of each chapter offers exercises that help you learn the LAN switching and wireless concepts as well as the configurations crucial to your success as a CCNA exam candidate. Each chapter is slightly different and includes some or all of the following types of exercises:

  • Vocabulary matching and completion
  • Skill-building activities and scenarios
  • Configuration scenarios
  • Concept questions
  • Internet research

In the configuration chapters, you'll find many Packet Tracer Activities that 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 in this book's CD-ROM; Packet Tracer software, however, is available through the Academy Connection website. Ask your instructor for access to Packet Tracer.

The Labs and Activities portion of each chapter includes a Command Reference table, all the online Curriculum Labs, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge Activity. The Curriculum Labs are divided into three categories:

  • Basic: The Basic Labs are procedural in nature and assume you have no experience configuring the technologies that are the topic of the lab.
  • Challenge: The Challenge Labs are implementation in nature and assume you have a firm enough grasp on the technologies to "go it alone." These labs often only give you a general requirement that you must implement fully without the details of each small step. In other words, you must use the knowledge and skills you gained in the chapter text, activities, and Basic Lab to successfully complete the Challenge Labs. Avoid the temptation to work through the Challenge Lab by flipping back through the Basic Lab when you are not sure of a command. Do not try to short-circuit your CCNA training. You need a deep understanding CCNA knowledge and skills to ultimately be successful on the CCNA exam.
  • Troubleshooting: The Troubleshooting Labs will ask you to fix a broken network. These labs include corrupted scripts you purposefully load onto the routers. Then you use troubleshooting techniques to isolate problems and implement a solution. By the end of the lab, you should have a functional network with full end-to-end connectivity.

Most of the hands-on labs include Packet Tracer Companion Activities where you can use Packet Tracer to complete a simulation of the lab.

Each chapter also includes a culminating activity called the Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge. These activities require you to pull together several skills learned from the chapter— and from previous chapters and courses—to successfully complete one comprehensive exercise.

A Word About Packet Tracer

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 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 v4.x is available only to Cisco Networking Academies through the Academy Connection website.

How This Book Is Organized

Because the content of LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide and the online curriculum is sequential, you should work through this Labs and Study Guide in order beginning with Chapter 1.

The book covers the major topic headings in the same sequence as the online curriculum for the CCNA Exploration LAN Switching and Wireless course. This book has seven chapters, with the same numbers and names as the online course chapters.

If necessary, a chapter uses a single topology for the exercises in the Study Guide portion. The single topology per chapter allows for better continuity and easier understanding of switching commands, operations, and outputs. However, the topology is different from the one used in the online curriculum and the Companion Guide. A different topology affords you the opportunity to practice your knowledge and skills without just simply recording the information you find in the text.

  • Chapter 1, "LAN Design": The exercises in the Study Guide portion focus on LAN design concepts, including vocabulary and the three-layer hierarchical model. The Labs and Activities portion includes a Basic Lab, a Challenge Lab, a Troubleshooting Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.
  • Chapter 2, "Basic Switch Concepts and Configuration": The exercises in the Study Guide portion help you understand basic Ethernet and switching concepts, including building the MAC address table and collision and broadcast domains. Then, the Packet Tracer exercises cover, in detail, how to configure a switch, including basic switch management and configuring switch security. The Labs and Activities portion includes two Basic Labs, a Challenge Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.
  • Chapter 3, "VLANs": The exercises in the Study Guide portion focus on the concepts of VLANs, including benefits of VLANs and types of VLANs. The exercises then cover VLAN trunking concepts before moving into a section devoted to a VLAN and trunk configuration Packet Tracer exercise. The Labs and Activities portion includes a Basic Lab, a Challenge Lab, a Troubleshooting Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.
  • Chapter 4, "VTP": The exercises in the Study Guide portion are devoted to VTP concepts and configuration, including vocabulary, VTP modes, an Internet research exercise, and a VTP Packet Tracer exercise. The Labs and Activities portion includes a Basic Lab, a Challenge Lab, a Troubleshooting Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.
  • Chapter 5, "STP": The exercises in the Study Guide portion focus on the concept of redundant LAN topologies, using STP and its variants to stop loops, and the commands to manipulate root bridge elections. The Labs and Activities portion of the chapter includes a Basic Lab, a Challenge Lab, a Troubleshooting Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.
  • Chapter 6, "Inter-VLAN Routing": This short chapter focuses on how to configure inter-VLAN routing, including two Packet Tracer exercises. The Labs and Activities portion includes a Basic Lab, a Challenge Lab, a Troubleshooting Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.
  • Chapter 7, "Basic Wireless Concepts and Configuration": The exercises in the Study Guide portion begin with wireless LAN concepts, including standards, operation, and security. The exercises then cover wireless configuration for LAN access using a Linksys WRT300N, including a Packet Tracer exercise. The Labs and Activities portion of the chapter includes a Basic Lab, a Challenge Lab, a Troubleshooting Lab, and a Packet Tracer Skills Integration Challenge activity.

About the CD-ROM

The CD-ROM included with this book has all the Packet Tracer Activity, Packet Tracer Companion, and Packet Tracer Challenge files that are referenced throughout the book, indicated by the Packet Tracer Activity, Packet Tracer Companion, and Packet Tracer Challenge icons.

Updates to these files can be obtained from the website for this book at http://www.ciscopress.com/title/1587132028. The files will be updated to cover any subsequent releases of Packet Tracer.

About the Cisco Press Website for This Book

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    Good Study Guide

    I am enrolled in the Cisco CCNA LAN Switching and Wireless class. This is the Study Guide for that class. This guide contains all of the Packet tracer exercises and the in class Labs. You can also obtain these exercises and labs from the website if you are enrolled or are a CCNA alumni. This study guide also contains multiple choise, fill in the blank and other exercises to help fortify your learning.

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