Cisco switches are self-configuring and no additional configurations are necessary for them to function out of the box. However, Cisco switches run Cisco IOS, and can be manually config- ured to better meet the needs of the network. This includes adjusting port speed, bandwidth and security requirements.

Why should I take this module?

Welcome to Cisco Switching Concepts!

You can connect and configure switches, that’s great! But even a network with the newest technology develops its own problems eventually. If you have to troubleshoot your network, you need to know how switches work. This module gives you the fundamentals of switches and switch operation. Luckily, switch operation is easy to understand!


What will I learn to do in this module?

Module Title: Cisco Switching Concepts

Module Objective: Explain how Layer 2 switches forward data.

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Topic Title Topic Objective
Frame Forwarding Explain how frames are forwarded in a switched network.
Switching Domains Compare a collision domain to a broadcast domain.