The Network and its Forces

I have started looking CCDA information and some of it is interesting, towards the beginning the material started out at design methodologies. It talked about the “forces” of a new network framework and in this post I’ll focus on the business forces that make a new framework necessary. Continue reading

The Three Tiers

Working towards the CCNA Cisco talks about a hierarchical network there are three layers to this design. Access Layer, distribution layer and the core layer. Each of them have their own set of functions and is also considered to be a best practice when the network continues to grow and for redundancy along with just a better way to manage it. Continue reading

The Beginnings of Layer Two Redundancy

In a perfect world we would never need redundancy on a network infrastructure, but as you know as well as I know we don’t live in a perfect world. Hardware will eventually fail, bottlenecks will appear, and the speed of our network will become slower when we max the bandwidth on links. So having redundancy in routers, connections, and having a hierarchy network is one of best choices to make when improving the efficiently of the network. But in the OSI model there is one layer that can’t have redundancy at least logically and that is Layer two of the OSI model. Continue reading

Configure IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) via SDM

Awhile back I talked about the differences between IPS and IDS. (See the post Cisco IDS vs. IPS ) So for today’s post let’s learn how to configure an IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) on a router using the Cisco SDM (Security Device Manger). The Cisco SDM is a Web-based device management tool a GUI for Cisco routers this can simplify router deployments and cut ownership costs. ( See the post Configure Cisco SDM) Let’s start configuring an IPS with SDM! Continue reading

Basic Wireless Concepts

Mobility is now a common thing in a business environment, you no longer are fixed to specific cubicle in the work place anymore. What is also amazing is it will continue to change and become easier for employees to get work done, with their phone, tablet, and laptop computer. But what makes this possible? What is the underlying component? The internet is becoming more available in more locations, coffee shops, airports, and your cell phone service provider, with 3G and 4G speeds. Along with the United States of America which is also moving forward with the National Broadband Plan. So today let’s explore the wireless concepts! Continue reading