Routing and Switching Essentials Companion Guide

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2/18/2014
  • Publisher: Cisco Press

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Routing and Switching Essentials Companion Guide is the official supplemental textbook for the Routing and Switching Essentials course in the Cisco® Networking Academy® CCNA® Routing and Switching curriculum.


This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. You learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, you will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.


The Companion Guide is designed as a portable desk reference to use anytime, anywhere to reinforce the material from the course and organize your time.


The book’s features help you focus on important concepts to succeed in this course:


  • Chapter objectives–Review core concepts by answering the focus questions listed at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Key terms–Refer to the lists of networking vocabulary introduced and highlighted in context in each chapter. 
  • Glossary–Consult the comprehensive Glossary with more than 200 terms.
  • Summary of Activities and Labs–Maximize your study time with this complete list of all associated practice exercises at the end of each chapter.
  • Check Your Understanding–Evaluate your readiness with the end-of-chapter questions that match the style of questions you see in the online course quizzes. The answer key explains each answer.


Related Title:

Routing and Switching Essentials Lab Manual


How To–Look for this icon to study the steps you need to learn to perform certain tasks.

Interactive Activities–Reinforce your understanding of topics by doing all the exercises from the online course identified throughout the book with this icon.

Videos–Watch the videos embedded within the online course.

Packet Tracer Activities–Explore and visualize networking concepts using Packet Tracer exercises interspersed throughout the chapters.

Hands-on Labs–Work through all the  course labs and additional Class Activities that are included in the course and published in the separate Lab Manual.



Author Biography

Cisco Networking Academy teaches hundreds of thousands of students annually the skills needed to build, design, and maintain, networks, improving their career prospects while filling the global demand for networking professionals. With 10,000 academies in 165 countries, it helps individuals prepare for industry-recognized certifications and entry-level information and communication technology careers in virtually every industry -- developing foundational technical skills while acquiring vital 21st-century career skills in problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking. Cisco Networking Academy uses a public-private partnership model to create the "world's largest classroom."

Table of Contents

Ch 1 Introduction to Switched Networks

Ch 2 Basic Switching Concepts and Configuration

Ch 3 VLANs

Ch 4 Routing Concepts

Ch 5 Inter-VLAN Routing

Ch 6 Static Routing

Ch 7 Routing Dynamically

Ch 8 Single-Area OSPF

Ch 9 Access Control Lists

Ch 10 DHCP

Ch 11 Network Address Translation for IPv4


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