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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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Understanding Policy Routing

Policy Routing

Learning and understanding policy routing is crucial knowledge for any good network engineer. You’ll find quite a bit of policy routing going on in today’s production networks.  But what exactly is policy-based routing? Policy routing Policy-based routing, generally referred to as “policy routing”, is the use of route maps to …

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Moving Layer 3 to the Network Edge

With the advent of new technologies as well as the ability to have multi-layer switches at the access layer, Cisco is starting to change the game.  New network designs are pushing layer 3 routing out to the access switches creating a routed edge. Most campus and data center network designs …

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Understanding Wild Card Masks

wild card masks

Many engineers (at one time myself too) believe they understand wild card masks. If you ask someone they will most likely tell you that a wild card mask is just the opposite or reverse of a subnet mask. Unfortunately this isn’t quite correct. Yes, at first glance a wild card …

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