Cisco Networking Literacy (Beginner Level)

  • 30m
  • 20 questions
The Cisco Network Fundamentals benchmark will measure your ability to recognize key terms and concepts related to key Cisco networking concepts. You will be evaluated on networking components, topologies and architectures, interfaces and cabling, and networking protocols. A learner who scores high on this benchmark demonstrates that they have an understanding of key Cisco networking terminology and concepts required for any Cisco networking role.

Topics covered

  • compare different types of network topologies
  • compare the header components of TCP and UDP, recognize how they work across the network, and recall which upper level protocols use TCP or UDP
  • describe Cisco DNA Center and its interface, as well as the goal intent-based networking management
  • describe cloud network topology architectures and recognize the terminology used to describe cloud platforms
  • describe data center network topology architectures, including the different traditional architectures and spine-leaf architecture and the differences between them
  • describe hardware and software that a CCNA professional should be able to identify, including where components are used and how they are connected for networking
  • describe newer developments with Ethernet cabling and Power Over Ethernet
  • describe servers and endpoints, including the roles they play and their functions
  • describe SOHO network topology architectures, including the main differences between home and small office components used in a SOHO environment
  • describe the different network topology architectures, where to use them, and their components
  • describe the NGFW and NGIPS security devices, including how they differ from traditional firewalls and IPS devices and why they are needed in today's networking environment
  • describe the OSI model and compare TCP and UDP
  • describe the roles, functions, and importance of routers and switches in a conventional networking infrastructure, where these devices are placed, and their basic functionality
  • describe the use of copper cabling, including various categories and when to use them
  • describe the use of fiber-optic cabling, including fiber-optic connectors and modes
  • describe WAN access topology architectures and the basic topologies implemented regardless of whether you're using MPLS, MetroE, Broadband PPPoE, or VPNs for connectivity
  • describe Wireless LAN Controllers and Wireless Access Points and when they are and are not needed
  • identify configuration issues that occur at Layer 1
  • identify physical issues that occur at Layer 1
  • identify problems with a poor network design