A hands on comprehensive look at Ethernet switches with extensive coverage of VLANs. The course focuses on the technology and not any one manufacturers product enabling delegates to configure switches from any manufacturer.
LANs, network cards and cables, CSMA/CD,
Ethernet frames, Ethernet evolution, 802.3.
Hands on: ping, Ethernet speeds, CSMA/CD.
Layer 2 functions, NICs, MAC addresses, unicasts,
multicasts and broadcasts, frame formats.
Hands on: Configuring NICs, Analysing MAC addresses with Wireshark
Hands on: ARP.
Switches connect multiple devices, switches versus
hubs, simultaneous conversations, switches work
at layer 2, the forwarding database, how the
forwarding database is built, broadcast and
Hands on: Difference between hubs and switches.
Managed/unmanaged switches, configuration
methods, reasons to configure switches. Console
ports, HyperTerminal (and alternatives).
Hands on: Using the console port to troubleshoot and configure switches.
Latency, forwarding mechanisms, switch fabrics.
Hands on: Using telnet and HTTP to switches.
Auto negotiation, Power over Ethernet.
Hands on:Configuring and troubleshooting switch ports: Speed, duplex and security.
Loops, broadcast storms, STP, BPDU format, STP
Hands on: Tracking blocked ports. STP convergence.
Architectures, link aggregation, LACP, load
Hands on: fail over times.
Virtual versus physical LANs, Why have VLANs?
Broadcast domains, Creating VLANs, Assigning
ports to VLANs.
Hands on: Analysing the effect of VLANs on traffic.
VLANS are internal, multiple VLANs, Load
balancing, Default VLAN, VLAN registration
protocols: VTP, GVRP, MVRP.
Hands on: VLANs on multiple switches.
Reason for tagging, terminology, tagging process,
802.1Q, Tag format, VLAN stacking.
Hands on: Configuring and troubleshooting tags.
RSTP, Common STP, Multiple STP, PVST, ring
Hands on: RSTP.
Layer 3 switching, IP addressing rules,
Hands on: Routing between VLANs.
Methods, tools, locating faults, layer 1 issues, layer 2
Hands on: Fixing the network.
"I thought that the instructor was excellent and provided a thoroughly enjoyable and informative three days."
"Easy to reach location. Course is excellent for those who wish to learn how switches work (i.e. network managers)
This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.