Part 1 – The Joys of Subnetting!

Since network technicians work with IP addressing, it is hugely important to understand subnetting. I remember back when I started to learn subnetting it was confusing and I wanted nothing to do with it. The thing that made me change my mind was after I understood it and how important it is. In the “Cisco world” they don’t cover useless topics, there is always a reason why they expect you to know this and it’s not just for the exams. Subnetting has always had its moments with people and in this blog I’ll do my best to show you what I have done to make subnetting an easier experience. Continue reading “Part 1 – The Joys of Subnetting!”

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Link-State Protocols

Weeks ago and maybe months :), I talked about distance vector protocols and with that you probably got the feeling that when using a distance vector protocol it does not give a full network graphical representation of the entire network. Only the directly connected routes can’t remember? Check out this post Distance Vector Routing. Link state protocols are faster to converge network changes compared to distance vector however when compared to distance vector setup they can be harder to set up, maintain, and troubleshoot when problems arise. Continue reading “Link-State Protocols”

Configure Static Routing

Plugging Cisco routers together and hoping they work out of the box is not something you should hope for. A router can learn about networks in two ways, manually from configured static routers which we will talk about today and dynamic routing protocols which will talk about on Wednesday. Let’s get started! Continue reading “Configure Static Routing”

Understanding UDP

Forever ago I talked about TCP (Understanding TCP) and I said that in that post that UDP would be another day, well this is the day where we get to understand UDP, which stands for User Datagram Protocol. UDP is the total opposite of the TCP communication. Continue reading “Understanding UDP”

How a Router Routes

This tutorial will be going over the basic information of how a router routes IP packets. Routers are used in the OSI layer three or the network layer. These routers have IP addresses and forward IP packets to the proper destination. This guide is somewhat basic and is assuming you have some information of how IP addressing works and along with what routing protocols are. Continue reading “How a Router Routes”