Cisco Cables

Cisco Cables

You will need to be familiar with the most common types of cable used to connect up your Cisco equipment as well as to connect your laptop for terminal sessions. WAN Cables Standard Serial Cable – for your home rack use a DCE to DTE cable and add a clockrate to the end with the DCE cable. Check carefully that you have the cable the right way up before plugging in! Use the ‘show...

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Cisco Router Interfaces

Cisco Router Interfaces

In order to do some hand-on labs you will need to cable your network up. Cisco routers come with various interface types and some of these have changed over the years. Management Interfaces Console Port – this is used for initial configuration and disaster recovery of the router (if you lose the passwords or IOS). You can only attach a console/rollover cable to this...

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Telnet and SSH Clients

Telnet and SSH Clients

When you have cabled up your network you need to use some software to open a connection to your equipment and configure it. These are usually referred to as telnet or SSH clients. SSH is a secure method used to connect to and configure equipment whereas telnet is not secure. The most common programs are hypertermial and Putty. Hyperterminal is considered fairly out-of-date now and support was...

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Rack Mounts

Rack Mounts

As your home network grows, you may want to consider keeping it tidy (and safe) with your own rack mount kit. You choose the right rack for your needs and then attach brackets to the routers and switches and then bolt them into the rack. Dantrak is a leading rack supplier in the UK. You will need to attach brackets to the sides of your routers and switches. Please double check on eBay that...

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Cisco IOS

Cisco IOS

Cisco Internetwork Operating System or IOS is the software used to run Cisco routers, switches and firewalls as well as other devices. Cisco certifications are considered amongst the hardest in the IT industry because most configurations are done via the command line interface or CLI. When you purchase a new or used Cisco router or switch it will usually come with a version of IOS installed. For...

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TFTP Servers

TFTP Servers

Trivial File Transfer Protocol or TFTP is a service used to transfer small files across a network. You can use it to back up your configurations (vital on production networks) as well as to upgrade router IOS images. In order to get TFTP working you will need Ethernet connectivity across your network between your router and laptop or PC running TFTP server software. There are several version of...

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