The Lab Exercises portion of this chapter includes all of the online curriculum labs as well as a
Comprehensive Lab and a Challenge Lab to ensure that you have mastered the practical, hands-on skills
needed about classless routing.
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Today\u2019s networks must be stable yet scalable. Scalability means the initial design of the network must
allow for change and growth without any major modifications to the overall design. A key element of good
network design is an IP addressing plan that optimizes the use of IP addresses and minimizes the size of
routing tables. This is achieved through the use of VLSM, CIDR, and route summarization. These are fun-
damental concepts and must be incorporated in your CCNA skill set before you move on to the more chal-
lenging topics of OSPF and EIGRP, which both incorporate VLSM and scalable network design.
The exercises in this section will help you build your skills in implementing VLSM addressing schemes,
determining efficient route summaries, and configuring static and default routing. The exercises are meant
to progress logically from establishing the use of terminology in the Vocabulary Exercises through apply-
ing your skill in design scenarios and application exercises. If you are new to the topic of VLSM, you
should proceed through the exercises in the order presented. However if you are refreshing your skill, try
one of the VLSM Addressing Design Scenarios or even Challenge Lab 1-7 to effectively gauge where you
are weak. Then, choose additional exercises to reinforce your knowledge and skill.
classless routing protocol
fixed-length subnet masking (FLSM)
variable-length subnet mask (VLSM)
and network mask, the number of bits that are
shared in common by all addresses in the
problems of exhaustion of Class B address
space and the growth in size of Internet rout-
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