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CCNA Class

Charles & Rich Hill will teach the entire Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam #200-120 topics in an accelerated 12 week format. 

Cost: free. Open to members & non-members Classes run from January 6TH to March 24TH, 2014

The class starts with the most basic of basic concepts of how networks work and how to operate them. 1 hour lecture and a 30 minute lab or simulation/demonstration each week.

CCNA Overview Course Outline

OR "60 Hours of Material in Roughly 24 Hours"

Week 1: Building a Simple Network

  • Mission: Making one box of electronics talk to another
  • Network components: switches, bridges, hubs, wireless access points, routers, and firewalls
  • OSI model vs. TCP/IP
  • Network addressing and encapsulation, "datagram, frame, or packet?"
  • Types of cables and connectors and layer 1 caveats
  • Routing versus switching, label switching, load balancing
  • Connecting to a switch/router console port
  • Cisco switch password recovery procedure
  • Configuration first steps
  • Basic utilities: telnet, ssh, ping, arp, traceroute, etc.

Week 2: Switching basics OR "Just Enough to be Dangerous"

  • Ethernet 802.3
  • Ethernet media types and connectors
  • Crossover cables versus MDIX
  • 802.3u, Clauses 28 & 40, autonegotiate, ugly patents, and two minutes of hate
  • MAC address table / CAM
  • Broadcasts and broadcast domains
  • VLANs
  • Configuring Cisco switch interfaces
  • Ethernet caveats: collision domains, broadcast storms, and bridge loops
  • Troubleshooting Ethernet (CRC errors, late collisions aka duplex mismatch)

Week 3: Local Area Network Connections

  • trunking, VTP
  • encapsulation
  • DTP
  • Spanning tree protocol(s) introduction
  • STP basic configuration
  • STP beyond 802.1D: PVSTP, PVSTP+, RSTP, MST
  • BPDU Guard

Week 4: Multilayer Switching

  • Etherchannel, etc. (PAgP, LACP, stack, VSS, and VPC)
  • Trunking review
  • Router on a stick
  • Configuring an SVI
  • Packet capture, debug tips, and flows

Week 5: Network Environment Management

  • SNMP (v2 and v3), traps, polling
  • Syslog
  • MOTD
  • AAA
  • Configuring ACLs for device security
  • Physical security
  • Layer 2 hacking, MAC spoofing, DHCP spoofing
  • Identifying security threats and implementing countermeasures

Week 6: Medium*Sized Routed Network Construct

  • Introduction to IP addressing, subnetting, VLSM
  • Introduction to routing protocols
  • Split horizon
  • Process switching, fast switching, and CEF
  • CDP
  • Connecting to a WAN (Serial connections, Cable, DSL, VSAT, Metro Ethernet, etc.)

Week 7: Single Area OSPF Implementation

  • LSA types
  • Adjacencies and DR election
  • OSPF database
  • OSPFv3 for IPv6
  • Configuration steps
  • Troubleshooting

Week 8: EIGRP Implementation

  • K values *> Feasible distance
  • Configuration steps
  • Load balancing
  • Route redistribution basics

Week 9: Access Control Lists

  • Numbered vs. named
  • Standard vs. extended
  • Sources, destinations, protocols, and ports
  • Applying ACLs in the right direction
  • Troubleshooting with ACLs, logging

Week 10: Address Space Management

  • VLSM, subnetting review
  • DHCP
  • IPv6
  • All the NATs: PAT, NAPT, two*way and bidirectional NAT, multi*homed NAT, Twice NAT
  • NAT traversal and Carrier Grade NAT

Week 11: Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs).

  • LAN review
  • WLAN overview
  • Standalone vs. LWAPP
  • WLAN security

Week 12: WAN overview

  • T1/E1 troubleshooting
  • HDLC
  • PPP and PPPoE
  • Frame relay configuration: point to point, multi*point
  • LAN Ext into a WAN with Frame Relay (if time)
  • Review

Week 13: CCNA Exam Simulation

Some of these topics are highly compressed, like WAN is 10% of the exam, but we'll cover it in 90 minutes.

Class notes from week 1

Class notes from week 1:

Configuring a Cisco switch:

A slideshow to review + complement what we covered last week:

Some slides of the OSI model material I glossed over, which you should memorize on your own. . . it really is too boring for class:

The OSI model info you really need to know:

Preview of week 2: A suggested preview of basic switching:

Here are some of the resources for the CCNA 200-120 Exam in general.

The overview of the exam itself:

The lab simulator software ($99 purchase):

The (e)book+DVD includes a "Lite" version of the lab simulator:

To create an account on to get access to extensive documentation:


  • Test topics are found here:

  • Lab book in PDF format:

  • Archive of all Class presentations (95MB, PPT)