LAN Switching and Wireless

LAN Switching and WirelessThis course provides a comprehensive, theoretical, and practical approach to learning the technologies and protocols needed to design and implement a converged switched network. Students learn about the hierarchical network design model and how to select devices for each layer. The course explains how to configure a switch for basic functionality and how to implement Virtual LANs, VTP, and Inter-VLAN routing in a converged network. The different implementations of Spanning Tree Protocol in a converged network are presented, and students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network.


Students who complete LAN Switching and Wireless will be able to perform the following functions:

Identify and correct common network problems at layers 1, 2, 3, and 7 using a layered model approach
Interpret network diagrams
Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect switches to other network devices and hosts
Explain the technology and media access control method for Ethernet networks
Explain basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches
Perform and verify initial switch configuration tasks including remote access management
Describe enhanced switching technologies such as VLANs, VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol (PVSTP), and 802.1q
Describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and how routing occurs between them
Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLANs, trunking on Cisco switches, interVLAN routing, VTP, and RSTP
Interpret the output of various show and debug commands to verify the operational status of a Cisco switched network
Verify network status and switch operation using basic utilities such as ping, traceroute, Telnet, Secure Shell (SSH), Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), and ipconfig,  as well as the show and debug commands.
Identify, prescribe, and resolve common switched network media issues, configuration issues, autonegotiation, and switch hardware failures
Manage Cisco IOS® Software
Manage Cisco IOS configuration files (save, edit, upgrade, and restore)
Describe standards associated with wireless media, such as IEEE WI-FI Alliance and ITU/FCC
Identify and describe the purpose of the components in a small wireless network, such as Service Set Identification (SSID), Basic Service Set (BSS), and Extended Service Set (ESS)
Identify basic configuration parameters on a wireless network to ensure that devices connect to the correct access points
Compare and contrast Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security features and capabilities of open, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), and WPA-1/2 networks
Describe common wireless-network implementation issues such as interference and misconfiguration


Prerequisites: Network Fundamentals


Chapter 1. LAN Design

1.0 Chapter Introduction
1.1 Switched LAN Architecture
1.2 Matching Switches to Specific LAN Functions
1.3 Chapter Labs
1.4 Chapter Summary
1.5 Chapter Quiz

Chapter 2. Basic Switch Concepts and Configuration

2.0 Chapter Introduction
2.1 Introduction to Ethernet/802.3 LANs
2.2 Forwarding Frames Using a Switch
2.3 Switch Management Configuration
2.4 Configuring Switch Security
2.5 Chapter Labs
2.6 Chapter Summary
2.7 Chapter Quiz

Chapter 3. VLANs

3.0 Chapter Introduction
3.1 Introducing VLAN
3.2 VLAN Trunking
3.3 Configure VLANs and Trunks
3.4 Troubleshooting VLANs and Trunks
3.5 Chapter Labs
3.6 Chapter Summary
3.7 Chapter Quiz

Chapter 4. VTP

4.0 Chapter Introduction
4.1 VTP Concepts
4.2 VTP Operation
4.3 Configure VTP
4.4 Chapter Labs
4.5 Chapter Summary
4.6 Chapter Quiz

Chapter 5. STP

5.0 Chapter Introduction
5.1 Redundant Layer 2 Topologies
5.2 Introduction to STP
5.3 STP Convergence
5.4 PVST+, RSTP, and Rapid PVST+
5.5 Chapter Labs
5.6 Chapter Summary
5.7 Chapter Quiz

Chapter 6. Inter-VLAN Routing

6.0 Chapter Introduction
6.1 Inter-VLAN Routing
6.2 Configuring Inter-VLAN Routing
6.3 Troubleshooting Inter-VLAN Routing
6.4 Chapter Labs
6.5 Chapter Summary
6.6 Chapter Quiz

Chapter 7. Basic Wireless Concepts and Configuration

7.0 Chapter Introduction
7.1 The Wireless LAN
7.2 Wireless LAN Security
7.3 Configure Wireless LAN Access
7.4 Troubleshooting Simple WLAN Problems
7.5 Chapter Labs
7.6 Chapter Summary
7.7 Chapter Quiz