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Switching and Bridging - Half Day

This course will review switching, implementation, design and support.  The instructor will be able to determine which technical areas to focus on and the students get a opportunity to review network concepts from a tactical perspective.  Network basics are reinforced with hands-on examples in a collaborative environment.

The “So What?” lesson is reviewed with the students after any important concept is presented.  This will ensure the instructor and students fully understand the theory or concept just presented.  The goal of the course is to empower the students with enough knowledge that they can immediately use.  The habit of questioning leaves them with an inclination to understand new technology and become an efficient troubleshooter.



  • Lan Congestion Review
  • Collisions and CRC’s
  • Switched Media Hubs
  • Buffering Exit Point Congestion and Oversubscription
  • Buffering Why should discarding due to exit port over-subscription be bad?
  • Switch Architectures
  • Cut-Through
  • Store and Forward
  • Flow Control and Non-Blocking
  • VLAN Features
  • BPDU’s
  • Topology Change BPDU
  • Default Bridge Values OK
  • When not to use Defaults
  • Path Cost Solution
  • Bridge Priority Solution
  • Which Way to Go?
  • Is Spanning Tree Turned On?
  • Information
  • Search for MAC Address
  • Configuration Nightmare
  • TIPS
  • Reality Check
  • Rapid Configuration
  • Rapid Configuration
  • Cisco’s Broadcast Suppression
  • Watch Out for Switched Networks

Hands-on examples are used to reinforce any of these concepts.