What you’ll learn

  • Get what you need to pass the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 exam

·        Gain hands-on configuration and troubleshooting experience through practice labs

·        Explore how routing and switching technologies work in real-world environments

  • Develop skills to work on enterprise production networks


  • You’ll need basic knowledge of how to operate a computer and browse the Internet; that’s it!
  • Absolute beginners to networking are welcome. I start with beginner level networking and explain every single acronym and concept you need to pass the exam.


If you want to jumpstart your career in IT and networking by acing the Cisco CCNA exam, then this course is for you! It gives you a full understanding of all the concepts and topics you need to earn the most in-demand networking certification today by passing the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 exam.

This course offers an easy to understand, structured approach to shortcut your path to mastering Cisco networking to the CCNA level and beyond.


In this course, you will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of Cisco’s features and functions
  • Walkthrough complete and easy to understand explanations of each technology area covered in the exam
  • Follow the simple step by step instructions to build your own fully featured lab on your laptop for free
  • Gain hands-on configuration and troubleshooting experience through comprehensive lab exercises
  • Learn how networking really works through real-world examples throughout the course
  • Build the skills and confidence to crush the CCNA 200-125 exam
  • Gain demonstrable knowledge and practical experience to supercharge your networking career


Supercharge Your Learning with Hands-on Practice

This course is chock full of activities. You’ll get over 300 pages of hands-on lab exercises with detailed answers to check your understanding every step of the way and build your configuration and troubleshooting skills.  Full diagrams and lab setup files are included so you can get started immediately with just your laptop. No equipment or previous experience is required.


Why Learn from Me

In this course, you won’t just gain the book smarts to pass the exam. You’ll also hone your hands-on skills to succeed as a network engineer in the real world. I’m a professional instructor who has been entrusted by Cisco since 2007 to develop and deliver training courses for their own engineers and partners. I’ve also designed multiple training courses for the largest service providers in the Asia Pacific region such as IBM, Verizon, and the Australian National Broadband Network. I’ve spent years distilling my decade’s worth of networking experience from the field into mentoring and supporting other systems engineers, and I’m passionate about passing my knowledge of Cisco networks onto others.


Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to pass the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 exam and start or improve a career in networking.
  • IT helpdesk engineers who are interested in careers such as network engineers, network administrators, systems administrators, or solution architects. This course can help start your career journey into these fields.
  • Network engineers who are not Cisco CCNA certified or who have an expired certification. Even if you’re an experienced professional, you’ll fill gaps in your knowledge and master concepts like IPv6, EIGRP, OSPF, and BGP in this course.
  • IT professionals who want a comprehensive resource on Cisco networking theory, configuration and troubleshooting.



Program Duration: 40 hours

Program Language: English / Arabic



Participants will be granted a completion certificate from Epsilon Training Institute, USA if they attend a minimum of 80 percent of the direct contact hours of the Program and after fulfilling program requirements (passing both Final Exam and Project to obtain the Certificate)


Course Outline



Why Passing the CCNA is Going to Turbo Charge Your Career


Cisco Certifications


–How to Set Up the Lab


GNS3 Installation and Configuration


Cisco Packet Tracer Installation and Configuration


GNS3 and Packet Tracer Installation Notes and FAQ


–Host to Host Communications




A (Very) Basic Introduction to Networking


The OSI Reference Model Overview


The TCP/IP Stack


The Upper OSI Layers


The Lower OSI Layers


–The Cisco IOS Operating System




Cisco Operating Systems


Making the Initial Connection to a Cisco Device


Navigating the Cisco IOS Operating System Part 1


Navigating the Cisco IOS Operating System Part 2


Cisco IOS Configuration Management


The IOS Operating System – Lab Exercises


–OSI Layer 4 – The Transport Layer




The Transport Layer Header, TCP and UDP


–OSI Layer 3 – The Network Layer



The IP Header


Unicast, Broadcast and Multicast Traffic


How to Count in Binary


IPv4 Addresses


Calculating an IPv4 Address in Binary


The Subnet Mask


Slash Notation


–IP Address Classes




Class A IP Addresses


IP Address Classes B and C


IP Address Classes D and E






CIDR Classless Inter-Domain Routing


Subnetting Overview


Subnetting Class C Networks and VLSM


Subnetting Practice Questions


Variable Length Subnet Masking Example Part 1


Variable Length Subnet Masking Example Part 2


Subnetting Large Networks Part 1


Subnetting Large Networks Part 2


Subnetting on the 4th Octet – Written Example


Subnetting on the 3rd Octet – Written Example


Private IP Addresses Part 1


Private IP Addresses Part 2


Where to Get More Subnetting Practice


Additional Subnetting Practice Sites


–OSI Layer 2 – The Data-Link Layer




Local Area Network Layer 2 – Ethernet


–OSI Layer 1 – The Physical Layer




Ethernet Connection Media


+Cisco Device Functions




Switches vs Hubs


Switch Operation




Other Cisco Devices


Cisco Device Functions – Lab Exercises


+The Life of a Packet




DNS The Domain Name System


DNS on Cisco Routers


ARP Address Resolution Protocol


ARP for Routed Traffic


Life of a Packet Example Part 1 – DNS


Life of a Packet Example Part 2 – HTTP


The Life of a Packet – Lab Exercises


+The Cisco Troubleshooting Methodology




The Cisco Troubleshooting Methodology


Cisco Troubleshooting Methodology – Lab Example


The Cisco Troubleshooting Methodology – Lab Exercises


+Cisco Router and Switch Basics




Basic Router and Switch Configuration


The Setup Wizard


Speed and Duplex Settings




Basic Layer 1 and 2 Troubleshooting


Basic Layer 1 and 2 Troubleshooting – Lab Demo


Cisco Router and Switch Basics – Lab Exercises


+Cisco Device Management




The Boot Up Process


The Boot Up Process Lab Demo


Factory Reset and Password Recovery


Password Recovery Lab Demo


Backing up the System Image and Configuration


Upgrading IOS




Cisco Device Management – Lab Exercises


+Routing Fundamentals




Connected and Local Routes


Connected and Local Routes Lab Demo


Static Routes


Static Routes Lab Demo


Summarisation and Default Routes


Summary Routes and Longest Prefix Match Lab Demo


Default Routes and Load Balancing Lab Demo


Routing Fundamentals – Lab Exercises


+Dynamic Routing Protocols




Dynamic Routing Protocols vs Static Routes


Dynamic Routing Protocols Lab Demo


Routing Protocol Types


Routing Protocol Types Lab Demo


Routing Protocol Metrics


Routing Protocol Metrics Lab Demo


Equal Cost Multi Path


Equal Cost Multi Path Lab Demo


Administrative Distance


Administrative Distance Lab Demo


Loopback Interfaces


Adjacencies and Passive Interfaces


Adjacencies and Passive Interfaces Lab Demo


Dynamic Routing Protocols – Lab Exercises


+Connectivity Troubleshooting




Basic Connectivity Troubleshooting




Connectivity Troubleshooting – Lab Exercises


+RIP – the Routing Information Protocol




RIP the Routing Information Protocol


RIP Advanced Topics


RIP Lab Demo


RIP Configuration – Lab Exercises


+EIGRP – Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol




EIGRP Characteristics and Configuration


EIGRP Verification and Lab Demo


EIGRP Advanced Topics


EIGRP Advanced Topics Lab Demo


EIGRP Successors and Feasible Successors


EIGRP Metric


EIGRP Metric and Successors Lab Demo


EIGRP Configuration – Lab Exercises


+OSPF – Open Shortest Path First




OSPF Characteristics


OSPF Basic Configuration


OSPF Basic Configuration Lab Demo


OSPF Advanced Topics


OSPF Advanced Topics Lab Demo


OSPF Cost Metric


OSPF Cost Metric Lab Demo


OSPF Areas


OSPF Areas Lab Demo


OSPF Configuration – Lab Exercises


+VLANs Virtual Local Area Networks




Campus LAN Design – Core, Distribution and Access Layers


Why we have VLANs


VLAN Access Ports


VLAN Access Ports Lab Demo


VLAN Trunk Ports


VLAN Trunk Ports Lab Demo


DTP Dynamic Trunking Protocol


VTP VLAN Trunking Protocol


VTP Lab Demo


VLAN Configuration Lab Exercises


+Inter-VLAN Routing




Router with Separate Interfaces


Router on a Stick


Layer 3 Switch


Layer 3 Switch Lab Demo


VLAN and Inter-VLAN Routing Configuration – Lab Exercises


+DHCP – Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol




DHCP Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol


Cisco DHCP Server


External DHCP Server


Cisco DHCP Client


DHCP Configuration – Lab Exercises


+HSRP – Hot Standby Router Protocol




Network Redundancy


FHRP First Hop Redundancy Protocols


HSRP Hot Standby Router Protocol


HSRP Advanced Topics


HSRP Configuration – Lab Exercises


+STP – Spanning Tree Protocol




Layer 3 Path Selection and Loop Prevention Review


Why we have the Spanning Tree Protocol


Spanning Tree Terminology – The Bridge


How Spanning Tree Works


Spanning Tree Versions


Verification – show spanning-tree


Verification – show mac address-table


Manipulating the Root Bridge Election


Spanning Tree and HSRP Alignment


Portfast and BPDU Guard


STP Troubleshooting – Lab Exercises


STP Configuration – Lab Exercises






Why we have EtherChannel


EtherChannel Load Balancing


EtherChannel Protocols and Configuration


EtherChannel Lab Demo


StackWise, VSS and vPC


EtherChannel Configuration – Lab Exercises


+Switch Security




DHCP Snooping


DAI Dynamic ARP Inspection


802.1X Identity Based Networking


Preventing Unauthorised Devices with Port Security


Preventing Unauthorised Devices with Port Security Lab Demo


Locking Ports to Hosts with Port Security


Locking Ports to Hosts with Port Security Lab Demo


Port Security Configuration – Lab Exercises


+ACLs – Access Control Lists




Access Control Lists Overview


Standard, Extended and Named ACLs


ACL Syntax


ACL Operations


Numbered ACLs Lab Demo


Named ACLs Lab Demo


Packet Filters vs Stateful Firewalls


Access Control Lists Configuration – Lab Exercise


+NAT – Network Address Translation




IPv4 Address Exhaustion and NAT


Static NAT


NAT Translations – Inside Local, Inside Global, Outside Local, Outside Global


Static NAT Lab Demo


Dynamic NAT


Dynamic NAT Lab Demo


PAT Port Address Translation


PAT Port Address Translation Lab Demo


Network Address Translation Configuration – Lab Exercise


+IPv6 Addressing




Why We Need IPv6


The IPv6 Address Format


IPv6 Global Unicast Addresses


IPv6 Global Unicast Addresses Lab Demo


EUI-64 Addresses


Unique Local and Link Local Addresses


Link Local Addresses Lab Demo


SLAAC Stateless Address AutoConfiguration


IPv6 Access Control Lists


IPv6 Addressing – Lab Exercise


+IPv6 Routing




IPv6 Static Routes


IPv6 Static Routes Lab Demo




OSPFv3 Verification


OSPFv3 Lab Demo


EIGRP for IPv6


EIGRP for IPv6 Verification


EIGRP for IPv6 Lab Demo


IPv6 Routing Configuration – Lab Exercise


+WAN – Wide Area Networks




WAN Overview


VPN – Virtual Private Networks


WAN Connectivity Options


Leased Lines




HDLC and PPP Lab Demo


PAP Authentication


CHAP Authentication


MLP MultiLink PPP


MLP Lab Demo


MPLS Multi Protocol Label Switching


PPPoE Point to Point Protocol over Ethernet


PPPoE Lab Demo


GRE Generic Routing Encapsulation


GRE Lab Demo


WAN Topology Options


WAN Configuration – Lab Exercise


+BGP – Border Gateway Protocol




Why We Need BGP


BGP for Service Providers


Configuring BGP Neighbors


Advertising Routes in BGP


BGP for Service Providers Lab Demo


BGP for Enterprises


BGP in MPLS Networks


BGP for Enterprises Lab Demo


BGP Configuration – Lab Exercise


+Cisco Device Security




Line Level Security


Privileged Exec and Password Encryption


Line Level Security Lab Demo


Usernames and Privilege Levels


SSH Secure Shell


SSH Secure Shell Lab Demo


AAA Authentication, Authorization and Accounting


AAA Configuration


Global Security Best Practices


Global Security Best Practices Lab Demo


Cisco Device Security Configuration – Lab Exercises


+Network Device Management






Terminal Monitor and Logging Synchronous


Syslog Lab Demo


SNMP Simple Network Management Protocol


SNMP Lab Demo


SNMPv3 Configuration


Syslog vs SNMP


SPAN Switched Port Analyser


Network Device Management – Lab Exercises


+QoS Quality of Service




QoS Overview


Classification and Marking


Congestion Management


Policing and Shaping


+Cloud Computing




Traditional IT Deployment Models


Defining Cloud Computing


Cloud Computing Case Study


Server Virtualization


Virtualizing Network Devices


Cloud Service Models


Cloud Deployment Models


Cloud Computing Advantages


+SDN Software-Defined Networking




SDN Software Defined Networking


The Cisco APIC-EM



Course Curriculum

How to Set Up the Lab
Host to Host Communications
The Cisco IOS Operating System
OSI Layer 4 - The Transport Layer
OSI Layer 3 - The Network Layer
IP Address Classes
OSI Layer 2 - The Data-Link Layer
OSI Layer 1 - The Physical Layer
Cisco Device Functions
The Life of a Packet
The Cisco Troubleshooting Methodology
Cisco Router and Switch Basics
Cisco Device Management
Routing Fundamentals
Dynamic Routing Protocols
Connectivity Troubleshooting
RIP - the Routing Information Protocol
EIGRP - Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol
OSPF - Open Shortest Path First
VLANs Virtual Local Area Networks
Inter-VLAN Routing
DHCP - Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
HSRP - Hot Standby Router Protocol
STP - Spanning Tree Protocol
Switch Security
ACLs - Access Control Lists
NAT - Network Address Translation
IPv6 Addressing
IPv6 Routing
WAN - Wide Area Networks
BGP - Border Gateway Protocol
Cisco Device Security
Network Device Management
QoS Quality of Service
Cloud Computing
SDN Software-Defined Networking

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