Networking Resources

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  1. HalfEatenPie

    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

    Mar 25, 2013
    Howdy folks,

    So recently I've been working on getting to know more about Networking and routing.  However, anyone have some good resources starting from Networking for Dummies to some more advanced stuff?  I'm definitely assuming the certificate books from Juniper and Cisco could probably be a good way to go, but anyone know of any other resources?
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  2. KuJoe

    KuJoe Well-Known Member Verified Provider

    May 17, 2013
    I'm not sure how much it costs, but try to grab a copy of Packet Tracer from Cisco. It was an invaluable tool for my networking classes when I was in school and it gives you some basic hands on experience without needing to invest in hardware.
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  3. joepie91

    joepie91 New Member

    Jun 19, 2013
    CBTNuggets has some great stuff. Followed some of their 'video courses' for Cisco preparation, and they're very easy to understand.
  4. Layershift Dora

    Layershift Dora New Member Verified Provider

    Sep 23, 2015
    You can also check this article , there are also some information on Cisco's website . I also found this PDF document .

    I wish you best of luck :) 
  5. Infused Hosting

    Infused Hosting New Member

    Oct 27, 2015
    If your looking for general networking knowledge then there are some great videos on the Microsoft Virtual Academy (Free account). They range from basics to advanced including IPv6.
  6. MightWeb-Greg

    MightWeb-Greg Member Verified Provider

    Apr 27, 2015
    Would WireShark do the same? Never used Packet Tracer fro Cisco myself but wireshark is always something I'm doing to track issues.
  7. KuJoe

    KuJoe Well-Known Member Verified Provider

    May 17, 2013
    Nope, they are completely different tools. Wireshark shows you packets on an interface. Packet Tracer is an emulator that builds an entire network from routers, to switches, to PCs, to basically every other device.
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  8. CodyRo

    CodyRo New Member Verified Provider

    Oct 3, 2013
    As others have said Packet Tracer is a good start - you can find it online at "places". There are also some courses / classes you can get that will work with Packet Tracer which can be useful to help work on certain area's If you're looking to just learn about networking. In general the Cisco tracks are refined and the best way to go (regardless of the vendor you're looking to do work with). After that you can hone your skill set with whatever vendor you're using (Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, software routers like Quagga, Vyatta).

    If you're looking to get your hands dirty with something besides emulated Cisco stuff you can give GNS3 a try and use images from Cisco, Juniper (look for "vSRX images", Olive isn't what you want) and Quagga / Vyatta. The perk of using GNS3 is you can load up VM's of Unix*/BSD images and tie them into the network and get a better hands on experience.

    Ultimately you're learning about fundamentals of networking which transcend vendors. Once you get a little further along specific vendors "fudge" things with features however that's usually based off of preference / specific use cases.
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