CCNA2: Routing And Switching Essentials

CCNA2: Routing & Switching Essentials for cable professionals is the second of four courses that may be used to prepare for the Cisco Certified Entry Level Technician (CCENT), after completing CCNA-1 & 2, or the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam after completing CCNA-1 thru 4. CCNA2 introduces SCTE students to intermediate level networking concepts and technologies using a hands-on approach, with an emphasis on cable operator operations. In addition, the course will assist the student in developing the skills necessary to plan and implement switching and routing polices. SCTE courses emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and the practical application of skills.

By the end of this course, students 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.

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 Format: Online, Self-Paced Scheduled:

This course is expected to take 12 weeks to complete online, 5 days onsite for a total of 40 hours. Learners view online interactive materials and complete learning activities at a time that is convenient for the learner. Scheduled virtual online instructor coaching sessions will be optional, but participation is strongly suggested by SCTE/ISBE to provide direct interaction with the certified instructor. However, if the learner is unable to attend, these sessions are recorded. The coaching session times are determined by the students and instructor during the orientation that is held on the first day of the course.  Learners spend approximately 6-8 hours per week completing the various course activities.

Access information will be emailed when the course is purchased.

 System Requirements:

  • High speed Internet (HSD) connection
  • Updated Internet Browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer)
    • HTML 5 Support

Target Audience:

The target audience is anyone who desires a practical and technical introduction to the field of networking. This includes field technicians, headend technicians, network operations center (NOC) staff, network engineers, network administrators, and IT help-desk staff.


  • CCNA1 Introduction to Networks

NOTE: a student can ONLY sign up for one CCNA course at a time

Course Materials:

Interactive and engaging SCTE/ISBE and Cisco Network Academy course content that includes chapter assessments, learning activities, practice exams and a course final confirmation of learning, along with, a requirement to complete a number of hands-on labs using a lab simulator.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand and describe switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches
  • Understand and describe the purpose, nature, and operations of a router, routing tables, and the routing lookup process
  • Understand and describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and how routing occurs between them
  • Understand and describe dynamic routing; distance vector routing and link-state routing protocols
  • Configure and troubleshoot static routing, default routing and HOST routes
  • Configure and troubleshoot (RIP and RIPng)
  • Configure and troubleshoot an Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) network
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot access control lists (ACLs) for IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot Network Address Translation (NAT) operations
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot Network Time Protocol (NTP)
  • Enhanced network analytics; Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP)

Course Modules:

  1. Routing Concepts
  2. Static Routing
  3. Dynamic Routing
  4. Switched Network
  5. Switch Configuration
  6. VLANs
  7. Access Control List
  8. DHCP
  9. NAT
  10. Device Discovery, Management & Maintenance

Course Outline:

Chapter 1: Routing Concepts

·                                 Demonstrate characteristics of a network

·                                 Explain the similarities between routers and computers

·                                 Describe how routers interconnect networks

·                                 Explain the concept of a router being a default gateway

·                                 Explore methods to access a router such a console and telnet

·                                 Use documentation to design an IP address scheme for a network

·                                 Use Command Line Interface (CLI) to configure initial settings on a router

·                                 Describe the concept of a “loop-back” interface

·                                 Use CLI to validate router configuration

·                                 Explain how a packet is sent across a circuit-switched network

·                                 Define “best-path”, “load-balancing” and “administrative” distance

·                                 Define the routing decision process

·                                 Explore the routing table

·                                 Learn what a static route is

·                                 Learn what dynamic routing protocols are all about

Chapter 2: Static Routing

  • Define “next-hop” concepts with respect to static routing
  • Explore the reasons for using static routes and when to use them over dynamic routing
  • Define four types of static routes: standard, default, summary and floating
  • Use CLI to configure static routes for both IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  • Follow a packet through a network using strictly static routing
  • Troubleshoot all four static routes and in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks

Chapter 3: Dynamic Routing

  • Describe how dynamic routing protocols have evolved
  • Explore dynamic routing operation
  • Compare dynamic routing to static routing
  • Define what a routing “advertisement” is
  • Describe Routing Information Protocol (RIP)
  • Use CLI to verify RIP configuration
  • Describe the concept of a “passive interface”
  • Define “auto-summarization” and how it relates to RIP
  • Describe what “default route”, why it is important to accessing the internet and how the information is relayed across a network.
  • Explore RIP version “2” and use CLI to configure RIPv2
  • Describe IPv4 and IPv6 routing tables

Chapter 4: Switched Networks

  • Describe how complex networks are getting
  • Explore the concept of a “converged network”
  • Define Cisco’s network hierarchy: Core, Distribution and Access
  • Define Media Access Control (MAC) table and how it moves Ethernet frames through the switching fabric
  • Explore switching optimization such as: “Store & Forward” and “Cut-Through” switching
  • Define what a “collision domain” is and where there are found
  • Describe the concept of a “broadcast domain” and how it is used in switched networks

Chapter 5: Switch Configuration

  • Explore the boot-up sequence for a LAYER-2 switch
  • Examine the Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) on the faceplate of a switch
  • Describe “In-Band” access to switch via a “console cable”
  • Define frame transmission methods, such as “duplex” and “1/2 duplex”
  • Explore initial switched network troubleshooting methods
  • Describe “Out-of-Band” access to a switch via Secure Shell (SSH)
  • Describe Cisco’s Port Security features and why it is needed
  • Use CLI to configure port security
  • Troubleshooting port security

Chapter 6: VLANs

  • Describe the concept of Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) and why they are needed
  • Define what a data VLAN is versus a Voice VLAN
  • Explore “VLAN Tagging” and the IEEE standard 802.1Q
  • Explain what “VLAN trunks” are, why they are need and how to implement them
  • Define Cisco’s Dynamic Trunking Protocol (DTP)
  • Use CLI to create VLANs, name them and assign to switch-ports
  • Explore how to validate VLAN configuration on a switch via CLI
  • Troubleshoot VLANs via CLI
  • Explore the concept of inter-VLAN routing and when to use it
  • Use CLI to configure and verify inter-VLAN routing
  • Troubleshoot inter-VLAN via CLI

Chapter 7: Access Control List

  • Describe Access Control Lists (ACLs) and why they are needed
  • Explore how packets are filtered using ACLs
  • Examine the concept of a “wildcard” when configuring ACLs on a router
  • Explore ACL guidelines and best practices
  • Define numbered and named ACLs and when to use one over the other
  • Explore the differences between IPv4 and IPv6 ACLs
  • Explain the concept of using ACLs to limit Telnet and SSH access to a device
  • Use CLI to configure and troubleshoot ACLs

Chapter 8: DHCP

  • Explain the concept of how IP addressing is managed with Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
  • Define DHCP messaging for IPv4; Discover, Offer, Request and Acknowledgement
  • Explore DHCP operation on a server and client
  • Use CLI to implement and troubleshoot DHCP configurations for IPv4 networks
  • Explore Stateless Address Auto-Configuration (SLAAC) in IPv6 networks
  • Define Neighbor Discovery in IPv6 networks
  • Learn the process of SLAAC and how routers interact with clients so they can obtain an IPv6 addresses automatically
  • Explore “Stateless” versus “Stateful” DHCP in IPv6 networks and when to use one over the other
  • Define DHCP messaging for IPv6; Solicit, Advertise, Request and Reply
  • Use CLI to troubleshoot DHCPv4, Stateless DHCPv6 and Stateful DHCPv6

Chapter 9: NAT

  • Explore what Network Address Translation (NAT) is, how it operates and when to use it
  • Describe various aspects of private addressing with respect to the IETF standard RFC1918
  • Describe the different types of NAT: Dynamic and Port Address Translation (PAT)
  • Use CLI to configure and verify NAT
  • Explore NAT in terms of IPv6, which is known as “NAT-64”, because it translates IPv4 to IPV6
  • Troubleshoot NAT configurations

Chapter 10: Device Discovery, Management & Maintenance

  • Explore Cisco’s Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) feature and why it is helpful
  • Use CLI to configure and verify CDP information
  • Explore Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) and why it is helpful
  • Compare CDP to LLDP and when to use one over the other
  • Describe how accurate network timing is achieved using Network Time Protocol (NTP)
  • Use CLI to configure and verify NTP
  • Explore what “Syslog” is and why it is so very important for network monitoring
  • Define the eight Syslog messages and their format
  • Use CLI to configure and verify Syslog operation
  • Explore how Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) is used to backup, or obtain, device configuration files
  • Explore the process of password recovery on devices
  • Explain how newer devices have USB ports for ease of maintenance
  • Explore how IOS versions are labeled, and that means to a technician, and how to verify a device’s IOS
  • Describe the IOS licensing process

Requirements for Successful Course Completion:

  • Average score of 70%, or greater, on all chapter assessments and final exam.
  • Participants may take exams up to 3 times.
  • Complete all assigned Packet Tracer labs.

Upon Successful Course Completion Learners Will Receive:

·         SCTE Course Certificate

·         Cisco Course Certificate

·         3 Recertification Units (Rus) toward SCTE certification renewal

Certification Exam Information:

·         After completing CCNA1: Introduction to Networks and CCNA2: Routing and Switching Essentials students are prepared for the Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices 1 (ICND1) or Certified Cisco Entry Level Technician exam number 100-105. CCENT / ICND1 is an optional step to earn a CCNA.

·         After completing CCNA1 to CCNA4 students may take the Certified Cisco Network Associate exam number 200-125

The CCNA program also helps individuals prepare for the SCTE IPEP Certification.


NOTE: Cisco certification exams are scheduled at Pearson VUE

4/24/2017 - 7/14/2017

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