CSI-HO-037 – Hands-On L2 Ethernet Fundamentals

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CellStream, Inc. – Telecom Consulting and Training!            

2-Day Instructor Led Hands On Lab Class
Available in either Web Based delivery or On-Site Delivery
Minimum 10 students – Maximum 16 students

Course Description:

Knowing the fundamentals of Ethernet is vital to anyone who is in the networking field today, whether it be Application Service Provider, Network Service Provider levels or Enterprise level – and especially those who work in Storage Area Networks. This 2-day insightful and revealing course has been designed to focus on the systems approach, the engineering thinking, behind the world of Ethernet.

This is an instructor led training (ILT) course that is usually held at a customer location or online with a live instructor.

The course is a combination of knowledge training, systems analysis, with hands-on exercises using Cisco routers/switches and Cisco IOS, designed by CellStream consultants to bring the technician/engineer, who requires a deeper understanding of Ethernet and Storage Area Networking, focusing on ARP, Spanning Tree, VLANs, Etherchannel, MPLS L2VPN, and then relating this to Ethernet in the Data Center. A combination of knowledge training, hands-on exercises, and hands-on experience through execution of Command Line interface to Cisco routing/switching labs reveals the Ethernet functions in a swift, detailed, and understandable way.

Course Objectives:

The objectives of the course are to:

  1. Develop a “hands-on” skill set targeted at Ethernet methods and protocols
  2. Learn how to use critical networking tools and methods
  3. Improve student job performance by having a more complete and robust understanding of the subject matter
  4. Improve customer/coworker satisfaction by sharing the knowledge and skills to work and troubleshoot the network
  5. Deepen networking knowledge and understanding

These objectives are met by covering the necessary technical bases in a straightforward manner, by keeping the content in context of the objectives – connecting the dots. Utilizing a short, subject specific architecture with exercises to drive home key points and Hands-On experience that reveal these points builds skills and knowledge based on Bloom’s Taxonomy. Presentation methodology is industry current and up to date using a technology specialist.


The target audience for this course is anyone in the telecommunications and storage area networking field that requires a solid and complete understanding of the fundamental operations of Ethernet networking, especially new hires, and desires hands-on skills that can be applied to their job function. Ideal candidates are:

  • Central Office Technicians, Storage Area Networking Engineers, and Supervisors
  • Line Technicians, and Customer Service and Support Technicians
  • Operations individuals that will provide Ethernet configuration and support services
  • Development Engineers that must know Ethernet networking in order to provide hardware and software solutions
  • Network Design Engineers that need to understand Ethernet services and applications
  • Network Management individuals that are providing element and network management tools
  • Network Administrators and IT professionals
  • Technical sales individuals that must be able to correlate features with functionality
  • Technical marketing individuals that want more than just a basic understanding of Ethernet
  • Certification Track individuals that need to expand their knowledge and studies

Course Prerequisites:

All students must attend with a lap-top computer in order to interface to the Online School (web browser) and the Lab Systems (Remote Desktop Connection). If the course is held at a classroom where computers are available, the Lap-top computer will not be required.

Course Materials:

Students will be provided with a Course Student Guide. Also, a lab system for configuration and labs will be provided.

Course Outline:

  • Section 1: Establishing The Groundwork
    • Overview and Introductions
    • Ethernet Protocol Review
  • Section 2: Understanding Ethernet Fundamentals
    • Part 1 – Definition of Ethernet Technology, History, Ethernet Versions
    • Part 2 – Defining a LAN, Topology Options, Cabling Options
    • Part 3 – Ethernet MAC Addresses, Switching and Learning
  • Section 3: Ethernet Operations
    • Ethernet Access Ports
    • LAB – Access Ports Experiment
    • Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
    • LAB – ARP Experiment
    • Spanning Tree Protocol
    • LAB: Spanning Tree Experiment
    • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Section 4: Ethernet Segmentation
    • Understanding VLANs
    • 802.1Q Encapsulation
    • Trunk Ports
    • LAB – VLAN Experiment
    • Etherchannel
    • LAB – Etherchannel Experiment
    • Routing between VLANs
    • LAB – Routing between VLAN Experiment
    • Link Aggregation
    • LAB – Link Aggregation Experiment
  • Section 5: MPLS L2VPNs
    • MPLS Overview
    • LAB: Configure MPLS on a network
    • L2VPN Definition
    • Ethernet Encapsulation
    • Virtual Private Wire Service
    • LAB: VPWS Experiment
    • Virtual Private LAN Service
  • Section 6: Ethernet in the Data Center
    • Fibre Channel Definition and Overview
    • Protocol Stack/Illustration/Components
    • Fibre Channel over Ethernet
    • Ethernet Storage Networks Overview
    • VXLAN Overview
  • Course Summary, Bibliography, and Resources

Course Availability:

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