CIS 2416 Routing & Switching Essentials

This course focuses on learning the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students will learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. Commonly used network services and protocols will be studied.

Division: Business and Public Services
Department: Computer Information Systems
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: CIS 1411 


  • This course begins an examination of the flow of traffic in a modern network. It examines some of the current network design models and the way LAN switches build forwarding tables and use the MAC address information to efficiently switch data between hosts.
  • Configure and verify Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), VLAN security and trunking on switches. Describe enhanced switching technologies such as interVLAN routing, EAPs, ERPs, LAGs, MLAGs, virtual switch bonding, HAU, and loop recovery protocols.
  • Perform basic switch configuration tasks (security and management), including remote access management. Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect switches to other network devices. Interpret show and debug commands to verify the operational status of a switched network. Identify and correct common network problems using a layered model approach.
  • Configure, troubleshoot, and verify basic Routing Information Protocol (RIP and RIPng) in a small to medium routed network. Use router show and debug commands to troubleshoot common errors that occur on small to medium routed networks. Introduce the use of policy based routing, multicast routing and VRRP to the routing process.
  • Describe how a router determines path information and switches packets. Use the command line interface (CLI) to investigate routing tables and troubleshoot network problems. Configure classful and classless routing. Configure and verify static, summary, and floating routes in the routing table.
  • Describe advantages and disadvantages of link-state versus distance-vector routing protocols. Configure and verify operations in a single area or multi area Open Shortest Path First (OSPFv2 and OSPFv3) environment. Troubleshoot problems that arise in OSPF implementations.
  • Describe the guidelines for the use of ACLs in a routed network. Configure, verify and troubleshoot the application of an ACL in a network per networking requirements.
  • Describe and explain the functionality, configuration and troubleshooting of both DHCPv4 and DHCPv6 and NAT.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 4