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Networking Functions

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Networking technologies are widely diverse in the basic operations, which include how they are topologically connected. These options impact the nature of the technology and suitability for deployments. In this course, you'll learn about how the topology of networks impacts their operations. This course is one of a series in the Skillsoft learning path that covers the objectives for the Cisco exam Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks Part 1 exam (640-875 SPNGN1). This exam counts toward the CCNA Service Provider certification.

Target Audience
This course is targeted at networking engineers who must interface with Cisco IOS, IOS XR and IOS XE devices. Additionally, those who have a need to understand technologies used in the service provider realm will benefit.


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Networking Functions

  • start the course
  • describe aspects of a network
  • identify physical networking components
  • describe the three layers of the Cisco Hierarchical Network Model
  • describe the Cisco IP NGN Model
  • work with network diagrams
  • describe resource-sharing functions and benefits
  • list Cisco IP NGN user applications
  • identify the impact of user applications on the network
  • describe Cisco IP NGN architecture
  • describe the Cisco IP NGN Infrastructure Layer
  • describe the characteristics of a network
  • describe the difference between physical and logical topologies
  • identify and describe a bus topology
  • identify and describe single-ring and dual-ring topologies
  • identify star and extended-star topologies
  • describe characteristics of full-mesh and partial-mesh topologies
  • identify the types of physical connections
  • understand the difference between network topologies and choose the appropriate type, given a scenario
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