Introduction To CCNA v3.1

The Cisco networking systems and technology has been one of the world’s most used technologies both in the enterprise and the home user market.  A Cisco certified network associate or CCNA is awarded to a candidate who has successfully passed a CCNA certification exam.  Version 3.1 includes lessons on how to acquire the mastery of the basic ideas of the OSI model, protocols of TCP/IP, cable-making, subnets, WANs and LANs building, configuration, operation and troubleshooting.  The Cisco CCNA version 3.1 will also include several vocabularies and terminologies and network symbolisms.

With Cisco CCNA version 3.1, hands-on activities will include cable-making and testing of all crossover, rollover and straight-through cables.  LANs and WANs will also be constructed using PCs, hubs, routers and switches.  Cable run testing will also be done on structured cabling labs like punch-downs and the investigation of the OSI model and TCP/IP protocols will also be included in the Cisco CCNA version 3.1.  These extra lab works for students are not included in the version 3.0 of Cisco CCNA.

In order to successfully complete the Cisco CCNA version 3.1 course, all tools and test equipment needed for structured cabling should be available in the lab.  These include Ethernet, serial and parallel cables, PCs, hubs, switches and routers.  These are all needed because the core of the Cisco CCNA version 3.1 is a skills-based, hands-on experience and will be needed in the certification exams and eventually in job success. 

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