he first three chapters of this book dealt with an introduction to networking,networking concepts, and IP addressing—basically theory and concept information.Inthischapter,I’llbegindiscussingtheappliedsideofnetworking.Thischapterfocuseson installing your networking devices (switches and routers), cabling up your LAN and WANconnections, and establishing a console connection so that you can put a configuration on thesedevices.Onceyouhaveestablishedaconsoleconnectioninthischapter,Chapter5willbeginthebasicsofusingtherouter’sorswitch’scommand-lineinterface(CLI)toputabasicconfigurationon these devices.
Cisco’s Networking Products
Is the product easy to install and support?
Does the product provide the necessary features/functions to meet yournetworking requirements?
Does the product support enough ports and offer enough backplane capacityto meet your network’s growth and bandwidth requirements?
Is the product reliable, and can it provide redundancy?
If it is a layer-3 device, does the product provide support for both mobile usersand branch office connections?
Cantheproductbeeasilyupgraded,protectingyourinvestmentintheproduct?When you have answered these questions, you are ready to pick the appropriateproducts for your networking design. The products discussed later in this chapter donotrepresentallofCisco’sproducts,nordotheyincludealloftheproductsforaspecific category. When choosing a product, you’ll need to log on to Cisco’s web site
Chapter4:Preparing Network Connections