Routing and Wide Area Networks

Networking    |    Beginner
  • 31 Videos | 55m 9s
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Routers play a crucial role in computer networking. Networking technologies have made it possible to implement connectivity over broad geographical areas. In this course, you'll discover the inner workings of routers including logical segmentation, static and dynamic routing and the ways routers make decisions. Then you'll learn about routing metrics and tables. You'll explore the various routing protocols and how basic router configuration is performed. You'll then explore Wide Area Networks (WANs) and their related technologies including WAN providers, circuit-switched and packet-switched networks, and SONET. Then you'll discover Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Carrier Ethernet networks. Finally, you'll learn about cloud-based networks and how they can provide connectivity over the internet. This course was originally created by Global Knowledge (GK).


  • describe the basic purpose of routing in computer networking
    describe the purpose of logical segmentation in computer networks
    discuss the differences between static and dynamic routing
    describe how routers transfer information during network communication
    discuss routing metrics and how routers use them to determine paths
    demonstrate how to display a routing table and describe its features
    describe routing protocols and their categories
    discuss how routers process and transmit packets
    describe the purpose and features of Routing Information Protocol (RIP)
    discuss how routers learn about the state of a network using RIP
    describe the purpose and features of Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing protocol
    describe the purpose and features of Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
    discuss the purpose and features of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
    discuss basic router configuration
    describe the purpose and features of Wide Area Networks (WANs)
    discuss the evolution of WAN technologies since their inception
  • describe various types of WAN providers
    discuss the features and differences between circuit-switched and packet-switched networks
    describe the purpose and features of Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM) circuits
    discuss the purpose and features of the Synchronous Optical Networking (SONET) protocol
    describe the various speeds of the SONET and SDH standards
    discuss recommendation G.709 and Optical Transport Networks (OTNs)
    describe the purpose and features of packet-switched WAN solutions
    discuss the various components of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
    identify the features of MPLS labels
    describe the basic functionality of MPLS
    discuss the purpose and features of Carrier Ethernet networks
    describe the architecture of Carrier Ethernet networks
    discuss the various services that can be delivered across Carrier Ethernet networks
    describe the purpose and features of cloud-based networks and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
    identify various remote access options for WANs



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