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Network Routing Basics. Understanding IP Routing in Cisco Systems

  • ID: 2248193
  • Book
  • April 2006
  • 432 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
If you want to really understand routing, read on

When James Macfarlane began teaching network routing, he simply could not find books that explained the subject clearly, understandably, and accurately. So he wrote his own. Authored by a consultant who has trained hundreds of networking professionals, this guide is designed to clear up the confusion and make the field of routing what Macfarlane believes it should be understandable, interesting, and even fun.

The goal of this book is to provide you with a working knowledge of routing technology and the confidence to use what you′ve learned. You′ll take a major step toward passing an array of certification exams and be better prepared for the ultimate test the real world.

From this book you will:

  • Get a complete review of core networking fundamentals, including packet forwarding and an overview of the TCP/IP protocol suite
  • Understand classless addressing once and for all subnetting, VLSMs, and CIDR
  • Learn exactly how routing works, starting at the workstation
  • Gain a working knowledge of route summarization, discontiguous networks, hierarchical addressing, and the longest match principle
  • Build a foundation for more complex routing scenarios by understanding the legacy protocols RIP and IGRP
  • Understand EIGRP and OSPF, and manage these routing protocols on large networks
  • Get an introduction to the Border Gateway Protocol, the routing system that ties the entire Internet together
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Chapter 1: Networking Overview.

Chapter 2: Routing Basics.

Chapter 3: Static Routing.

Chapter 4: Dynamic Routing.

Chapter 5: RIP.

Chapter 6: IGRP.

Chapter 7: EIGRP.

Chapter 8: OSPF.

Chapter 9: External Routing Protocols in Brief.

Chapter 10: Redistribution and Default Routing.

Appendix A: Where Do You Go From Here?

Appendix B: Recommended Reading.

Appendix C: RFCs Related to Routing.

Appendix D: Web References.

Appendix E: Administrative Distance Table.

Appendix F: Quick–and–Dirty Subnetting No Calculator.

Appendix G: Subnetting Helper Sheet.


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JAMES MACFARLANE is a 20–year veteran of the computer and networking industry. His career has covered consulting, network engineering, teaching, courseware development, and technical writing. He has held a long list of certifications, including Cisco CCNA, Microsoft MSCE and MCT, CompTIA A+ Trainer, Novell CNE and CNI. You can learn more at his Web site, [external URL]
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