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5-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 the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), Ethernet and the TCP/IP protocol suite is vital to anyone who is in the networking field today, whether it be Service Provider level or Enterprise level. This insightful and revealing course has been designed to focus on the systems approach, the engineering thinking, behind the world of Ethernet and IP Networking. cloud tcpip

The course is a combination of knowledge training, systems analysis, with hands-on exercises using Cisco switching and routing and Cisco IOS, revealing the details and opportunities of the Ethernet and TCP/IP protocol suite in a swift, comprehensive, and understandable way.

  • "What is the Internet Protocol and why it matters?"
  • "What is the Ethernet Protocol and why it matters?"
  • "What must I know about Ethernet and IP that will affect my network?"
  • "How does IPv4 addressing and subnetting work and why would I use it?"
  • "How do I maximize my revenue or minimize costs with Ethernet and IP networking ?"
  • "What is on the horizon for Ethernet/IP-based services?"

Course Objectives:

The objectives of the course are to:

  • Develop a "hands-on" knowledge and skill set targeted at Ethernet, focusing on:
    • Ethernet VLANs and VLAN Trunking (802.1Q)
    • Spanning Tree Protocol
    • The ARP Protocol
    • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Develop a "hands-on" knowledge and skill set targeted at TCP/IP networking in the following key areas:
    • IPv4 Addressing and Subnetting
    • Routing protocols and the control plane of IP (RIP OSPF, BGP)
    • Understand the opration of the Transport protocols and error control of IP (ICMP, TCP, UDP)
    • Understand and be able to explain HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, SSH, and Telnet application protocols
    • Managing Networks using SNMP
  • Master the 7-layer OSI model, and the TCP/IP suite of protocols
  • Be able to design basic IP networks and subnetworks using addressing expertise developed in this class
  • Use and understand selection options of IP routing protocols
    • Open Shortest Path First
    • Border Gateway Protocol
  • Use and configure fundamental properties of IP Quality of Service
  • Understand the principles of Security in IPv4 Networks
  • Investigate and develop tools to analyze and troubleshoot IPv4 and Ethernet networks
  • Understand and discuss Wide Area Network technologies and applications
    • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Layer 3 VPN Services overview
    • Frame Relay, Dial on Demand Routing, PPP, PPPoE Protocols overview
    • The Next Generation Internet Protocol IPv6

These objectives are met by covering the necessary technical bases in a straight forward manner, by keep 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. The presentation is always industry current and up-to-date using a technology specialists.


The target audience for this course is anyone in the telecommunications field that requires a solid and complete understanding of the fundamental operations of the TCP/IP protocol suite in networking, and desires hands-on skills that can be applied to their job function. Ideal candidates are:

  • Central Office Technicians, Engineers, and Supervisors
  • Field Service Engineers/technicians, Line Technicians, and Customer Service Technicians
  • Operations individuals that will provide IP configuration and support services
  • Development Engineers that must know TCP/IP networking in order to provide hardware and software solutions
  • Network Design Engineers that need to understand TCP/IP 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 IP
  • Certification Track individuals that need to expand their knowledge and studies

Course Prerequisites:

This course to appeal to anyone needing the skills and knowledge of Ethernet and TCP/IP operation and addressing. The ideal student will have some experience in networking and operations, however no prior knowledge is necessary.

All students must attend with a lap-top computer in order to interface to the Router Lab. 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 and a Lab Guide. Also, a lab system for configuration and labs will be provided.

Related Content:

A suggested follow up to this course material would be to dive deeper into Internet Protocol functionality with the following classes:

Another path forward would be to begin studying MPLS. This class also provides a great foundation to our Wireless IP course. Some students have found that our approach to mastering IP Addressing provides needed skills towards acquiring further industry certifications such as Cisco CCNA.

Course Outline:

  • Section 1: Establishing The Groundwork
    • Overview and Introductions
    • Introduction to the Internet
    • Access and Applications of IP
    • The Layered Model of Network Communications
    • LAB – Layered Model Exercise
  • Section 2: Ethernet Protocol Basics
    • Basics of Ethernet Part 1 - Definition of Ethernet Technology, History, Ethernet Versions
    • Basics of Ethernet Part 2 - Defining a LAN, Topology Options, Cabling Options
    • LAB – Ethernet Topology and Cabling Exercise
    • Basics of Ethernet Part 3 - Ethernet MAC Addresses, Learning
    • LAB – Ethernet MAC Address Exercise
    • Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
    • LAB – ARP Experiment
    • Basics of Ethernet Part 4 – Understanding VLANS, 802.1Q, Link Aggregation, VTP Protocol
    • LAB – VLAN Experiment
    • Basics of Ethernet Part 5 – Spanning Tree Protocol, Gigabit Ethernet
    • LAB: Spanning Tree Experiment
  • Section 3: The TCP/IP Stack Operation
    • The Layer 4 Protocols – TCP/UDP, Port Numbers, protcol semantics
      • The Wireshark Tool
      • LAB - Wireshark Installation
      • LAB - TCP Protocol dissection using Wireshark
      • LAB - UDP Protocol dissection using Wireshark
    • Layer 3 IP and Addressing
    • LAB – IP Addressing Exercise
    • IP Subnet Addressing
    • LAB – IP Subnetting exercise
  • Section 4: Network Operations
    • Port Forwarding, Translation, Default Gateways
    • IP DHCP and DNS
    • Basics of IP Routing
    • Interior routing with OSPF
    • LAB – OSPF Routing
    • Exterior routing with BGP
    • LAB – BGP Routing
    • Troubleshooting IP Networks - tools of the trade
    • Optional LAB – Troubleshooting IP networks
  • Section 5: Delivering Security and Quality of Service with IP Networks
    • Basics of Security
    • LAB: Access Control Lists
    • Basics of QoS
    • Scheduling, Marking, Policing
    • QoS in LANs
    • LAB – QoS Lab
  • Section 6: Wide Area Networking Technologies
    • Layer 1, 2, and 3 VPN Technologies, IPsec
    • Frame Relay
    • Dial on Demand Routing
    • PPP and PPoE
    • Multiprotol Label Switching (MPLS)
      • LAB - Basic MPLS operation
      • Using MPLS for Layer 3 VPN Services
    • The Next Generation Internet Protocol - IPv6
      • IPv6 Addressing - contrast to IPv4
      • LAB - IPv6 Basics Overview Lab
      • ICMPv6
      • LAB - ICMPv6 Lab
      • DHCPv6
      • Changes to IPv6 Routing
  • Course Summary, Bibliography, and Resources

Course Availability:

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