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Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab
Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab

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Summary of Week 5

Week 5 introduced you to larger, enterprise-scale networks, the networking equipment and the network engineers that work on them.

You have also seen how to connect and configure commercial networking devices using the command-line interface (CLI).

You should now be able to:

  • recognise physical devices that are used in local area networks and know how to connect them
  • understand the role of a network engineer
  • begin to think about the possible career opportunities in networking
  • understand how a network engineer would connect to a commercial networking device using a console port
  • understand how a network engineer would connect to a commercial networking device using a remote connection via Telnet or SSH
  • identify the different modes within the Cisco CLI
  • configure a hostname and IP address on a Cisco router via the CLI.

Next week you will start to look in more detail at some of the principles that allow networks to function.