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Cisco Certification - The OSI Model Isn't Just For Exams Anymore!
One reason is that Cisco demands you know the OSI model inside and out for both the Intro and ICND exams. You have to admit that's a pretty good reason, but still, students find the OSI model information to be very dry. I understand that, because I've been there. More ...

Configuring Internal Cisco Router Security
Network security is a hot topic today, and will only increase in importance in the months and years ahead. While most of the attention is paid to exterior threats, there are some steps you can take to prevent unwanted Cisco router access from within your organization. More ...

Cisco CCNA Cerfication - Should You Take The One-Exam or Two-Exam Approach?
There are now two separate paths to the CCNA certification. Candidates may take a single exam, 640-811, or two exams, 640-821 and 640-811. What's the difference? The two-exam approach involves exams with different topics and therefore different preparation techniques. The approach I recommend to a CCNA candidate depends on their background. More ...

Accessing a Cisco IOS Device
There are several ways to access the Cisco device's CLI (Command-Line Interface). The most common methods are the console management port, using Telnet or SHH, or the AUX port. More ...

Cisco CCNA Certification - Becoming a Truly Valuable CCNA
The CCNA is an exciting beginning to your Cisco career, but just having the certification simply isn't enough. A recruiter or interviewer isn't going to be impressed just with the cert; you've got to have some real-world knowledge to back it up. More ...

Surviving The Technical Interview
Ah, the technical interview. Nothing like it. Not only does it cause anxiety, but it causes anxiety for several different reasons. Having been on both sides of the technical interview table, I'd like to share some tips for those being interviewed. In doing so, I'll share some of the more memorable interviews I've been involved in. More ...

Wireless Network Components - Basics of Any Wireless Network
Any client computer, laptop or wireless device with a compatible wireless client adapter allows connectivity with an access point. The client adapter is a radio transmitter with firmware that supports any of 802.11a/b/g signaling. That is needed before the device can associate and authenticate with the access point. More ...

Cisco Certification - The Joy Of Hex
The decimal numbering system, concerns itself with units of ten read from read from right to left. Hex numbers are read much the same way, except the units here are units of 16. The number "15" in hex is read as having five units of one and one unit of sixteen. More ...

Wireless Network Site Survey Overview
The wireless site survey is an assessment of signal coverage per each access point within a specific building. It confirms with the client 100 percent coverage at a specified signal guaranteeing employees will have no issues with sending wireless packets across the network. More ...

Cisco Certification - Taking Your First Certification Exam
Walking into a testing center for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. You've got enough on your mind just keeping all that new information straight without worrying about what the testing experience will be like. Let's take a look at what you should expect when taking your first Cisco certification exam. More ...

Cisco Certification - Building Your Own Home Lab
CCNAs and CCNA candidates hear it all the time: "Get some hands-on experience". There is no learning like hands-on learning. No simulator in the world is going to give you the experience you will get cabling and configuring your own routers. More ...

How to Configure a Cisco Router
Use a terminal emulation program to access the routers console. The router and it will show the boot up screen in the console window. You may use this set up mode to configure the router. More ...

Router Simulator for Cisco Lab Scenarios
"A simulator can provide realistic Cisco router problem challenge scenarios. There are many free Cisco router simulators on the Web.This article reviews them and narrows it down to four applications. More ...