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Course 1: SWITCHING BASICS   

 
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What you will do

  • Perform hands-on observations of ethernet frame flow in a simple LAN.
  • Learn about Network Interface Cards, MAC Addresses, Network Headers and Basic Switch Operation.
  • Comprehend the purpose of a MAC Address Table and observe its use.
  • Learn about Unicast, Broadcast and Multicast Traffic.
  • Confirm your understanding of how a switch processes traffic as it arrives at an interface.
  • Learn how to use the Command Line Interface on a Cisco C2960 series switch.

What you will need

  • Curiosity and the desire to learn what makes a Local Area Network function.

After taking this course you will

  • consider events from a network device point of view rather than a network administrator point of view;
  • understand how a switch inspects Layer 2 headers to make forwarding decisions; and
  • possess a good understanding of how a LAN functions.
  • be familiar with Cisco Command Line Interface.
Comments & Discussion
Johnson2 weeks ago
Thank you very much, I am quite following step by step
Muhammad1 month ago
It is Perfect and easy to understand it,s amazing
Connected Dots Online1 month ago
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Zecheng1 month ago
thank you for providing such a great action-based learning course. This is exactly the most efficient way to learn compared to just read the book
Connected Dots Online1 month ago
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John1 month ago
Awesome course, it's perfect, easy to understand and the best course I have ever seen. Keep it up!
Connected Dots Online1 month ago
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Joruba1 month ago
Such an Amazing course. !!
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yakoob1 month ago
AS A BEGINER WERE DO I START? COURSE 1?
AM ON WINDOWS 10
zewdnesh1 month ago
hey,i am from ethiopia,this online course is very important for you tnx
Bobby1 month ago
how do i configure new switch?
Mohammad3 months ago
Hi. I am from Pakistan, This is very informative and easier than other course
Qasim3 months ago
Dear Sir,
Observations
Local Area Networks
Open a command prompt on computer f is showing this message ping is not recognized and not continuing. Please guide me what i can next.
Thanking you
Qasim Raza
EKENO3 months ago
use this ''ping 10.0.0.4'' not ''ping f''
Connected Dots Online3 months ago
Hi Qasim, could you please email a screenshot of the entire page with the error to support@connecteddots.online

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Sonjoy3 months ago
Really awesome. Every course is very informative.
Shakur3 months ago
WOW
srikanth3 months ago
This is very help full to understand about he network and how the communication done by the two systems .Thank you for providing such informative Networking course.
Lisa3 months ago
This is very informative and makes understanding much easier than many courses I have tried.
Connected Dots Online3 months ago
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Kevin3 months ago
Hi. this is my first time on this platform and i must say its amazingly great, insightful and very educational, a big bravo and kudos to the connected dots!!!!!
Connected Dots Online3 months ago
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Ramprakash3 months ago
learning it and practically doing it.
Kasidi3 months ago
Hello, i'm facing a problem in 1.1, i cant right click on the computer A to access the ip configuration. Any help.
Connected Dots Online3 months ago
Hi Kasidi,
can you try upgrading your browser to the latest version, or try a different browser and see if that works?
Owen3 months ago
I am really enjoying this never knew it work this way
Unaib3 months ago
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Atta3 months ago
I'm enjoying
javaria4 months ago
me too
mohamed4 months ago
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Saimon4 months ago
ANY CERTICATE ?
Mohammad4 months ago
I think this will awesome for beginers.
Andy4 months ago
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Gayflor4 months ago
1.1 was awesome
Gayflor4 months ago
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Steven5 months ago
Ready to rumble...
Drakota5 months ago
Excited to start this course!
yudah5 months ago
are there any certifications in this platform
Alfred5 months ago
Fabulous! Kudos to the Team . Thank you sooooo much for providing such a platform to learn.
Sam5 months ago
can you guys please fix lesson 2.2 Mac addresses table. on one of the first slides it has the switch mac address table covering the text so you cant read it.
Sam5 months ago
and i think 2.3 had this issue as well
player5 months ago
i dont like it
KAFIA5 months ago
can i get certificate
Grace5 months ago
Great content here.
Thank you.
yudah6 months ago
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Hamza6 months ago
By the way, your website has a minor bug. When we sign into our profile, we typically enter the email. But when we put our email into input-box, if there rrmains one or more blank space after email, the authenticator does not allow for the access.

This took me 10 minutes to figure what was the problem. I think the authenticator does not trim the trailing soaces or sanitize the input. Anyway, Please fix it ASAP
Hamza6 months ago
I will be grateful!! Thanks You
Connected Dots Online6 months ago
Thanks for pointing this out, Hamza! It will be fixed as soon as possible.
Hamza6 months ago
Sheer Brilliance!
Abdullahi7 months ago
Hello everyone
Junior7 months ago
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Rakesh8 months ago
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LAIBA9 months ago
Will you give us degree after we complete this course? I must say this course is amazing. Thank you so much for all your hard work
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
Hi Laiba, thanks for your feedback, you're welcome! A certificate should be available in around 6-8 weeks time. Some more content needs to be developed before a certificate can be awarded.
Hamza9 months ago
will it be free, I am not fan of letting your hard work and effort go without any fee, but please, i beg you to make it free. If you guys can do amazing job of doing this all curation and creation of content for free then let the certficate be available for free too, THNKS!
ALFRED9 months ago
Can someone help to solve the following questions :
[a] Suppose you have an address pool of 192.168.1.11- 192.168.1.24 Which subnet mask should you use ?
[b] The address 172.16.5.1/21 is a valid host for which subnet ?
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
This question has been copied over and answered in the course: IP Addressing & Subnetting.
JAMES9 months ago
completed the first module for switching basics. Learned more about switches and mac addresses than I did with hours of video lessons. Great course so far.
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
Great to hear, James! Thanks for the feedback!
OLANCAM9 months ago
hello sir
the first introduction to local area networks observation doesn't goes through
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
Hello Olancam, could you please send a screenshot of where it gets stuck to support@connecteddots.online
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LINUS9 months ago
I will rather reserve my commendation till am done, but the little i have read, is very marvelous. keep up the good work!
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
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Yonathan9 months ago
Indeed it is a remarkable course!!! Thank you.
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
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Hamza9 months ago
Remarkable!!!
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
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Hamza9 months ago
Will there be more courses added to the catalog?
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
Hi Hamza,
yes, more courses will be added. They are still being developed.
Hamza9 months ago
Thank Heavens and hatts off to your effort!!!
Michael9 months ago
Hello
I have a question on this topic;
1. How can you prevent the packets being sent to all computers on network incase it just get directed to one computer with a specific IP.
2. Can you differenciate between ARP -a and ARP -d how do the two work in terms of data movement.
Thanks
Hamza9 months ago
This is essential in order to fetch MAC Addresses of all other computers. The data being sent, and the recepient as well, both, should be clever enough to identify the destination/recepient in the first place. When packet is being recognised, it is sent back with a Physical address of that recepient's computer and hence MAC address-table is populated with an address and for the rest of the requests, the switch knows the address and can compare it data's destination address.
Hope this was of some help to you!
Michael9 months ago
Sure thanks. how can i get the pdf for the course
Hamza9 months ago
I don't know anything about pdf but I can tell you of very beautiful and basic book by Charles Severance entitled "Introduction to Networking". If you are a beginner, you should read this one. It's pdf version is free!!! (ofcourse not at amazong ;)) tho!
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
Hi Michael,
By the time you complete courses 1, 2 and 3 you will have a clear understanding of when ethernet frames are sent to all devices on a network vs only a specific device.
ARP is covered in Course 3.
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
Unfortunately, none of the material is available in PDF format at this time.
Michael9 months ago
Thanks so much.
tridealex9 months ago
Super!!!! Thank you!
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
You're welcome, and thanks for your feedback!
paulos9 months ago
Question 1. first I wanna to say thanks for your a great assistance . the question is how can establish offline mailing system like outlook within a LAN.
regards
Paulos
Ariel9 months ago
Whoever built this site - Both you and your teaching skills are absolutely amazing. Thank you!

Is there anyway in which it is possible to help you with expanding the content? i will send you an email with the same question.
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
Hi Ariel, thanks for your kind feedback and email! You can check your email for a response.
Adebayo9 months ago
pls...you have not answer me concerning the question i asked you
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
Hi Adebayo, please see below for a response to your question.
Adebayo10 months ago
Question....Another name for physical address?
Connected Dots Online9 months ago
If you are referring to the output of the "ipconfig /all" command, the Physical Address may also be referred to as the "hardware address". For an ethernet adapter, this is the MAC address of the adapter.
Adebayo10 months ago
Pls....This is christopher....i am a novies to this courses and i wants to learn everything that has to do with networking, but I am seeking your help inorder to catchup and understand well...
Connected Dots Online10 months ago
Hi Christopher, please feel free to post here if you have any questions regarding the content. Best of luck with the learning!
Sam10 months ago
im so shook... this is absolutely amazing ! i love networking but hate watching hours of lectures and i lose focus after reading for even a few minutes. This is the way ive always wanted to learn !
Connected Dots Online10 months ago
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abdulwahab10 months ago
ready to learn
Connected Dots Online10 months ago
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Ramone10 months ago
I really can't believe that all these materials and training are free! I really appreciate what you guys are doing. I love this course.
Connected Dots Online10 months ago
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Prachi10 months ago
Hi is all the courses and materials available here are free or should I pay anything??
Connected Dots Online10 months ago
Hi Prachi,
All of the material that is available here is available for free.
christian10 months ago
hi, i have a question on switching.Assuming we have a new LAN connection of four computers connected via a switch ,how will a one computer learn the mac address of the other if its the first time communication between the two computers.
Connected Dots Online10 months ago
Hi Christian, that question is covered in the course "Routing Basics" in the the first 2 lessons ("Review - Network Headers" and "Address Resolution Protocol").
Feel free to skip ahead and complete those 2 lessons.
james11 months ago
on 4.2 the switch cli does not work properly the enable function and many more are not working
Connected Dots Online11 months ago
Hi James, is it in 4.2 or 4.3 that the switch CLI isn't working? Could you please send a screenshot via email to support@connecteddots.online?
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Isaiah11 months ago
Well I am a newbie and in fact you have given me an insight into networking and may you be blessed Amen. I will continue to complete this course and write the CCNA to make you proud of me and fulfill your dream and agenda for creating this course.
Connected Dots Online11 months ago
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Isaiah11 months ago
You are Welcome
PC11 months ago
You are the best.
Quiverus11 months ago
I'd like to ask, what is a difference betweeen dynamic and static mac address? And what is the reason to manually add a static address into mac address table?
Quiverus11 months ago
Or in other words: when and why does someone add a static mac address to the mac address table?
Connected Dots Online11 months ago
Hi Quiverus, in general, today there are very few situations where you would need to add a static MAC address entry into a switch. One advantage of adding a static entry is that the entry remains in the MAC address table even after the switch is rebooted. In very rare cases you may have a device that mostly receives traffic (it may be some kind of a data collector) and does not send out acknowledgements or any other kind of traffic. In such a case, it is useful to manually add a static MAC address entry, otherwise this device's mac address may never get saved in the switch's MAC Address Table.
Quiverus11 months ago
Yeah, this data collector thing makes a lot of sense and in this particular case it is cruicial to add it's MAC address manually into the MAC Address Table. Thank You so much for the anwser! I'm so glad that You anwser questions like these, so everybody can understand networking even more and because of that, learning brings even more joy!
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Connected Dots Online1 year ago
Thanks for the feedback, Quiverus! Best of luck with the learning!
Quiverus1 year ago
Thank You so much!
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Connected Dots Online1 year ago
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Connected Dots Online1 year ago
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The content on this site is intended to help you prepare for certification exams such as CCNA. You still have to register for and write the certification exams by yourself.
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I hope that You have many course more which related network and protocal. Thanks so much
Connected Dots Online2 years ago
Hi Trân, you're welcome! Yes, there are more courses planned. The courses will follow a logical progression and build on each other.
Labs2 years ago
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Connected Dots Online2 years ago
Hi Labs, you can follow all the courses on this site to get started. Even though the content on the site does not yet fully cover everything required to pass the CCNA, it is a good start to get an in-depth understanding of the topics that are covered. I would recommend following all the courses on the site and using a book to cover the content that is not covered here yet. The courses on this site are a good complement to visually understand the concepts covered in books. Hope that helps!
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Connected Dots Online2 years ago
Thank you for your feedback, and the vote of confidence, Abdul! We intend to release a lot more content that we hope will be useful and effective.
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Connected Dots Online2 years ago
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David2 years ago
I have had an issue where I completed the assigned task (answered the question correctly) during the "Cisco Switch CLI - Exercises" and the system would not move forward until I clicked on the hint and then answer. I have saved a screenshot if you need it. Otherwise this is an amazing learning resource. Thank you for all of your hard work!
Connected Dots Online2 years ago
Hi David, thanks for the feedback, and the heads-up regarding the issue you faced. If you could please email the screenshot to support@connecteddots.online we will look into it right away! Thanks again for the heads up!
David2 years ago
Sent. Thanks for the quick response.
Connected Dots Online2 years ago
Thanks for sending us the detailed screenshot. This issue has now been fixed. Thanks again for pointing it out!
Connected Dots Online2 years ago
We are working on an update to the lesson "Introduction to Cisco Switch CLI" as per Billy's suggestion below. We have already incorporated one "Activity Break" into the lesson and are working on incorporating 2 more of these. This should be ready in a day or 2. We will advise when the update is complete.
Billy2 years ago
That's awesome, thanks! I will definitely revisit that one in the future then.
Connected Dots Online2 years ago
Update: Activity Breaks 2 and 3 has been added to this lesson. We are working on one more.
Billy2 years ago
I've been taking these courses and enjoying them. Thanks for this resource! My one bit of feedback so far, I think it would be beneficial if in the "Intro to Cisco Switch CLI" there was a bit more of an interactive flow to it. Having a few boxes where it's explained and then you follow it up by doing it as well yourself would help to cement that knowledge. By the time I got to the exercise section I was scrambling through my notes and forgetting a lot of what I had just read.
Connected Dots Online2 years ago
Hi Billy. Thanks for the feedback. That is extremely useful feedback. We will modify that particular lesson to incorporate your suggestions. Please keep the feedback coming!
levin2 years ago
My internet connection got lost in a middle of a session and now I can't go on with the unit I was doing at the time
Connected Dots Online2 years ago
Hi Levin, please check your email for a message from us. Thanks!
Ric2 years ago
It would be good to be able to pick up where I left off when I resume a lesson. As it is now I have to scroll through previously completed sections.
Connected Dots Online2 years ago
Thanks for the feedback, Ric! This is already being incorporated into some of the newer lessons. It will be incorporated into the older lesson content over time.
farhan2 years ago
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Connected Dots Online2 years ago
Thanks for your feedback Farhan!