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Sample Module 3 – CCENT – Understanding the OSI Model

OSI Model

Welcome to the sample CCENT certification series. This is an example from module 3 of the CCENT video series. Classes are forming now! Signup today to pre-register for the CCENT Video eCourse. There is no obligation. This is simple to let you know when the new class goes live! …

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CCENT Module 2 – What is a Network?


Welcome to the sample CCENT certification series. This module is the second video in the series of sample videos for Router Freak members. Full length versions of these videos can be found in the upcoming new CCENT Video eCourse. To be notified when these classes are available signup at …

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Understanding Network Routing Protocols

routing protocols

Network Routing Protocols – IGRP, EIGRP, OSPF, ISIS, BGP Overview of Routing Protocols The purpose of routing protocols is to learn of available routes that exist on the enterprise network, build routing tables and make routing decisions. Some of the most common routing protocols include RIP, IGRP, EIGRP, OSPF, IS-IS …

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CCENT – Module 1 – Introduction to CCENT


Welcome to the UN-official CCENT certification series. This module is a sample of the first video in our new CCENT Video eCourse. Introduction to CCENT In this module we introduce you to the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) Certification and give an overview of the Cisco certification process. …

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Installing GNS3 Router Simulator


GNS3 is a routing simulator and allows you to simulate Cisco routers, switches and firewalls as well as simulate Juniper routers too. In this post we are going to download and install GNS3. To begin we need to download the software – a simple Google search takes us to …

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What is a Router Simulator

Router Simulators are a great way to create and test new network topologies without the expense of lots of hardware. Many people use router simulators to help them practice and study for upcoming certification tests and many people are able to pass these certifications because of the convenience of a …

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Internet Reboots Today at 11:59UTC

by Craig Buckler You may have heard in the news, the Internet will be rebooted today and is expected to be down for around one minute. A global consortium of ISPs and technology companies has called for the action following several periods of instability over the past few years. A …

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Juniper Networks EX4200 Muli-Layer Switch


Juniper Networks EX4200 multi-layer Ethernet switches are fast, secure and reliable platforms providing compact standards based connectivity for branch office, enterprise networks and data centers. Yes, if you haven’t guessed by now, we really like these switches. Designed for the access and distribution layers, the EX4200 and EX3200 series switches …

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We recently sent out a survey to the newsletter subscribers, asking their opinion on what matters most to them and what they would like to see here on  The responses were fantastic!  If you would like to participate in the survey check it out here: Make Better! …

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