Part 2 – The Joys of Subnetttting – VLSM!

VLSM Chalkboard So here we are on Part 2 of subnetting. What makes me laugh is that I really think a lot of people over think this stuff. It’s really not the complicated and it should not scare you. Another thing to mention is that usually in the real world you usually have calculators and another pair of eyes to double-check your work unlike the exam you will need to fully understand it if you would like to pass the ICND2 or the CCNA test. So let’s get started! Continue reading “Part 2 – The Joys of Subnetttting – VLSM!”

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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!”

Configure Router on a Stick

A while ago I talked about putting different VLANs on a switch, remember a VLAN is virtual network that although physically it may look like on the same network that does not always mean the case. By having VLANs you are segmenting the network and the only way to get to the other side is having a router. I have already configured the Cisco switch as posted in Creating VLANs but in summary I have three VLANs total VLAN 1 which is the native VLAN, VLAN 2 and VLAN 3 (which is called support. If you like to understand how create VLANs on a switch follow the post above. Continue reading “Configure Router on a Stick”

Classful vs. Classless Routing

Before the internet and general networking become popular into what it is now, there were and still are routing protocols that only do classful routing. What is classful routing? When I was talking about Dynamic Routing earlier (See the post Dynamic Routing Protocols) I mentioned there was a difference between classful routing and classless routing. So in today’s post let’s focus on these two but important topics when using routing protocols. Continue reading “Classful vs. Classless Routing”

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”