ICND1 and ICND2 break down

Posted on June 22, 2009. Filed under: CCNA, Make Plan |

Notice post links now point to site http://xyznetwork.blogspot.com/.

If you haven’t decided what CCNA test to take, read this post first.

The author created this free CCENT and CCNA study guide by collecting various free multimedia resources from the network, including a lot of youtube videos. Also check out the CCNA Lab for the labs corresponding to this tutorial, and verify your knowledge with pre-make Practice Exams .

Do It Yourself (DIY) is the best way of learning TCP/IP network, therefore, I highly recommend you to download wireshark and packet tracer. With wireshark, you can capture your network traffic and see exactly what’s going on under the hood; with packet tracer, you can set up LAN and WAN virtually and do experiments on them.

Good luck with your CCENT and CCNA test!


Lesson 1
Introduction to Networking and the Networking Models

Cover the theory needed for the exam, to accelerate Cisco networking career and for troubleshooting experience

What is A Network

The OSI Model

The Data Transmission Process

The TCP/IP Model


IP and ICMP protocols

Ports, Sockets and Port Numbers

TCP/IP Applications

Network Topology

Lesson 2
Ethernet Standards and Cable Types

The CCNA Exam will Hammer You with Questions About Ethernet… so this course breaks down everything you need to know about cable types. this is also crucial for setting up and running a network in the real world.

What is a LAN

Ethernet Types And Standards

The Need For And Operation of CSMA/CD

Ethernet Frame

Ethernet Addressing

Host-to-Host Communication

Ethernet Connectors and Cable Types

Pins And Transmissions


Lession 3

I Explain How (and WHY) Switches Work… in theory, for real world application and for the exam.

Ethernet LAN Segments

Repeaters, Hubs, Bridges, Switches and Routers

MAC address learning and filter/forward decisions

Frame Processing Methods

Virtual LANs

Cisco Three-Layer Switching Model

Introduction to STP

Basic Switch Security

Lesson 4
Common Router and Switch Commands

Typical Switch (And Router) Commands are Broken Down. This information is necessary both on exam day and also when working in the real world as a network admin, as these commands are used daily.

Video Lab – Packet Tracer Interface Overview

Physical Connections and Passwords

Cisco IOS software overview

Physical Side of Cisco Switches

User, Enable and Privilege Modes

Basic Switch managment commands

Switch/Router passwords configurations

Telnet and SSH

Switch Port Security Defaults, Options and Configurations

Banners“logging synch”, and “exec-timeout”

Keystroke Shortcuts and Manipulating History

Lesson 5
IP Addressing and the Routing Process

This section covers must know (and memorize) fundamentals, which are needed for the exam and necessary for future videos: binary math, subnetting, and working with network and port address translations.

IP Addressing and Binary Conversions

IP Address Classes

Private IP Address Ranges

CIDR network address

Intro to the Routing Process

Routing Process Continued — Behind the “PING”

Basic Router management commands

Switch/Router Interfaces and Physical Ports

Lesson 6

This section will teach you these fundamental protocols which are necessary for use within any network.

DNS Process

The ARP RARP and DHCP Process

Broadcast, Multicast, and Unicast

Intro to Security Device Manager (SDM)

Lesson 7
Memory Components and Config Files

This video introduces the student to basic password and security configurations, as well as assigning privilege levels; so, it’s really the foundation for their knowledge of router security as well as the basic password recovery process.

ROM, RAM, NVRAM, And Flash

The Boot Process

Setup Mode

Configuration Files and IOS Upgrading

The Configuration Register

Lesson 8
Intro to Wireless Networks (WLANs)

Learn the standards of wireless, which relates to all wireless, not just Cisco.  This is the fastest evolving and growing field.  It’s also necessary to memorize this information for the exam.

Wireless LAN overview

Wireless Standards

Spread Spectrum

Antena Types

CA vs. CD

SSID, MAC Address Authentication, WEP, WPA, and WPA2

Lesson 9
Binary Math and Subnetting

Fundamentals for the exam.  Also, essential for IP addressing and IP address conservation. #1 topic that causes otherwise well prepared students to fail CCNA.

Decimal > Binary, Binary > Decimal

Subnetting Basics

Four common subnetting scenarios

Lesson 10
Static Routing and RIP – Part 1

More fundamentals for the exam, and you will see the work done over a Cisco router. You will learn how to manually set up routing. This video will pave the way for future exam and real world success.

Static Routing Theory

Floating Static Routing

RIP Routing Theory

Video Lab -Static Routing and RIP Routing

Lesson 11
Wide Area Networks (WANs)

Learn to link routers with other routers for communication.

What is a WAN

Physical Side of WANs

WAN interface of Cisco Router and WAN Cabling


Intro to Frame Relay


Video Lab – Internet Connections with NAT and PAT

Video Lab – Router as DHCP Server

Intro to ATM

Modems and DSL Variations

WAN Trouble-shooting

Lesson 12

Introduction to Network Security

You will learn about network attackers and intruders, how they get in, and how to keep your network save by keeping them out.

The need for network security

Classes of Hacker Attacks

Firewalls and Proxy Servers

The Attacker’s Arsenal

Intro to PIX, ASA, IDS, and IPS

Viruses, Worms, and Trojan Horses

Preventing Virus Attacks

Lesson 13

95% of work in the real world is troubleshooting, so it’s necessary for real world success.

Cisco Discovery protocol (CDP)

L1 and L2 Troubleshooting

Telnet and SSH Maintenance Commands

* Administrative Distance

Extended Ping and Traceroute


Introduction to ICND2

* Videos Introduction

* Instructor’s Introduction

* Exam Types

Lesson 1
Switching II

Switch Basic Concept Review


* Root Bridges, Root Ports, and Designated Ports

* STP Timers and Port States

* Portfast

* VLANs and Trunking

* Access and Trunk Port Comparison


* “Router on a Stick”


* Etherchannels

Video 2
PTP WAN Links, HDLC, PPP, and Frame Relay

This will help you when working on real production networks. All topics are shown being configured on live equipment.  Frame Relay is a major topic on the exam and in the real world.

* HDLC vs. PPP

* PPP Features

* PAP and CHAP

* Frame Relay Introduction

* Frame Relay LMI Theory

* Frame Relay Configs, DLCIs, Frame Maps, and Inverse ARP

* Frame Sub-Interfaces3

* Split Horizon

* Frame Relay LMI Show, Debug, and Lab

* FECN, BECN, DE bits

* PVC Status Meanings

Lesson 3
Static Routing and RIP

This video expands on the CCENT video, covering advanced topics found on the ICND2 and in the real world.

* Static Routing Theory and Configuration

* Distance Vector Protocol Behavior – Split Horizon and Route Poisoning

* RIP Theory and Version Differences

* The Joy of “show ip protocols”

* RIP Limitations

* RIP Timers

* Floating Static Routes

Lesson 4

OSPF is an Internet protocol.  In this video you will look at types of OSPF and how to configure on a live network.  Experience with OSPF is necessary for the CCNA, for the real world, and to build upon for CCNP & CCIE.

* Link State Routing Protocol Concepts and Basics

* The DR and BDR

* Hello Packets

* Troubleshooting Adjacency Issues

* Hub-and-Spoke NBMA OSPF Networks

* Broadcast Networks


* OSPF Router Types

* Advantages of OSPF

* Point-to-Point OSPF Networks

* Default-Information Originate (always?)

* OSPF Authentication

Lesson 5

Learn the theory and practice with labs to learn this hybrid routing protocol which has increased operational efficiency from it predecessor. Learn the capabilities and attributes.

* Introduction to EIGRP

* Successors and Feasible Successors

* EIGRP vs. RIPv2

* Basic Configuration

* Wildcard Masks

* Load Sharing (Equal and Unequal-cost)

* EIGRP, RIPv2, and Autosummarization

* Passive vs. Active Routes

Lesson 6
IP Version 6 and NAT

Learn the basic theory and routing protocol.  You will need to know the basics for the CCNA exam and for working with networks.  IP Version 6 is everywhere and becoming more prevalent, so understanding this material is vital for future success.

* IPv6 Theory and Introduction

* Zero Compression and Leading Zero Compression

* IPv6 Reserved Addresses

* The Autoconfiguration Process

* OSPF v3 Basics

* Transition Strategies

* NAT Theory and Introduction

* Static NAT Configuration

* Dynamic NAT Configuration

* PAT Configuration

Lesson 7
VPNs and IPSec

Learn key terminology & definitions for the exam.

* Definitions and Tunneling Protocols

* Data Encryption Technologies

* Key Encryption Schemes

* IPSec, AH and ESP

* A VPN in Your Web Browser

Video 8
ACLs and Route Summarization

Learn to configure and control ACLs to get them to do what you want for the exam and in the real world.   Learn the basic breakdown and how to summarize routes. Learn common commands for working with RIP & EIGRP.

* ACL Login and the Implicit Deny

* Standard ACLs and Remarks

* “Host” and “Any”

* The Order of the Lines

* Extended ACLs

* Named ACLs

* Telnet Access, Placing ACLs, and Blocking Pings

* Dynamic and Time-Based ACLs

* Port Number Review

* Route Summarization with RIP and EIGRP

See also 640-822 ICND1 Exam Topics (Blueprint)


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