Course Description

Routing and Switching Essentials describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. You learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, you will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

The delivery of this course was recently revised to meet the requests of participants like you. The hybrid delivery gives you access to an expert instructor with full content delivery and hands-on labs involving fewer in-person class meetings. There are four, in-person meetings that may be accessed remotely if you prefer. Eight additional live lectures will be delivered remotely. The lectures will be archived for registered participants to view asynchronously. 

Learner Outcomes

Participants who complete the Routing and Switching Essentials course will be able to perform the following functions:

  • Understand and describe basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches
  • Understand and describe enhanced switching technologies such as VLANs, VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol (PVSTP), and 802.1q
  • Configure and troubleshoot basic operations of a small switched network
  • Understand and describe the purpose, nature, and operations of a router, routing tables, and the route lookup process
  • Configure and verify static routing and default routing
  • Understand and describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and how routing occurs between them
  • Understand and describe dynamic routing protocols, distance vector routing protocols, and link-state routing protocols
  • Configure and troubleshoot basic operations of routers in a small routed network:
  • Routing Information Protocol (RIPv1 and RIPv2)
  • Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol (single-area OSPF)
  • Configure and troubleshoot VLANs and inter-VLAN routing
  • Understand and describe the purpose and types of access control lists (ACLs)
  • Configure, monitor, and troubleshoot ACLs for IPv4 and IPv6
  • Understand and describe the operations and benefits of Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) for IPv4 and IPv6
  • Understand and describe the operations and benefits of Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Configure and troubleshoot NAT operations

You will also be able to recognize and correct common routing issues and problems. Packet Tracer activities reinforce new concepts and allow you to model and analyze routing processes that may be difficult to visualize or understand. You will enjoy PCATT's NETLAB which streamlines the delivery of your labs and enables performing labs remotely.


Must have knowledge and abilities comparable to completion of CCNA 1 Concepts include understanding of the seven layer OSI and four layer TCP/IP models, ability to subnet IPv4 and IPv6, and knowledge of basic switch and router commands. Must have access to computer with Windows as well as Internet access outside of class to complete assignments.

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