Join Greg Sowell for an in-depth discussion in this video Fringe WAN connection options, part of Foundations of Networking: Network Media (WANs).
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- [Voiceover] There's always a way…to provide a WAN connection.…Some more commonplace than others.…Though all the ones below…will be delivered wirelessly.…Increasingly more often,…fixed base wireless,…or connectivity via wireless ISP…is available.…WISP networks generally don't span too large a region…so internet connectivity is going to be your only option…from them.…They won't usually sell transport services.…WISPS generally offer a much lower service level agreement…than other providers,…as there tends to be a little more fluctuation…in their networks.…
Some providers are more reputable than others,…so given the option,…interview a few customers.…Another option is Satellite.…This can come in two forms,…either internet service…or transport.…Satellite is usually a much more expensive option in price,…latency and bandwidth.…Latency can especially be an issue with satellite,…making phone communications quite difficult.…If you think about it,…it's fairly logical.…All communications have to leave your terrestrial dish,…go up to a satellite in space,…
He discusses different WAN technologies and features such as speeds, spans, and price points—including inexpensive options such as VPN. He then covers switches (the devices that connect computers in your building) and routers (devices that control the transmission of network data). Along the way, Greg shows how to build private connections, implement free networking over the Internet, build switch networks, and overlay-routed networks. He'll also introduce different routing protocols, such as OPSF link-state routing and distance-vector routing with RIPv2, EIGRP, and BGP.
Note that this course maps to domains 1 and 2 of the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Networking Fundamentals certification exam (98-366).
- Understanding the technology: from dial-up to VPNs
- Working with hubs, bridges, and switches
- Ensuring hardware redundancy
- Using switching types and MAC tables
- Preventing bridge loops with STP
- Routing with routing tables
- Using NAT
- Securing your switches and routers
- Setting up firewalls
- Working with different routing protocols: RIPv2, OSPF, EIGRP, and more