When James Macfarlane began teaching network routing, he simply could not find books that explained the subject clearly, understandably, and accurately. So he wrote his own. Authored by a consultant who has trained hundreds of networking professionals, this guide is designed to clear up the confusion and make the field of routing what Macfarlane believes it should be—understandable, interesting, and even fun.
The goal of this book is to provide you with a working knowledge of routing technology and the confidence to use what you've learned. You'll take a major step toward passing an array of certification exams and be better prepared for the ultimate test—the real world.
From this book you will:
Get a complete review of core networking fundamentals, including packet forwarding and an overview of the TCP/IP protocol suite
Understand classless addressing once and for all—subnetting, VLSMs, and CIDR
Learn exactly how routing works, starting at the workstation
Gain a working knowledge of route summarization, discontiguous networks, hierarchical addressing, and the longest match principle
Build a foundation for more complex routing scenarios by understanding the legacy protocols RIP and IGRP
Understand EIGRP and OSPF, and manage these routing protocols on large networks
Get an introduction to the Border Gateway Protocol, the routing system that ties the entire Internet together