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  • Real-world scenarios and book-length case study—Presents configurations that reflect each of the most common applications for remote access.
    • Helps students master Cisco remote access networking as it is actually practiced. Ex.___

  • Full network lifecycle coverage—Covers product selection, remote access network design, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
    • Teaches students how to perform every remote access deployment, management, and problem-solving task they are likely to encounter. Ex.___

  • Effective, step-by-step pedagogy—Each chapter builds upon previous chapters, by using a single network diagram that becomes increasingly complex as new technologies are introduced.
    • Offers an approach to mastering Cisco remote access that enables students to gradually build upon and deepen their knowledge—and is based on the author's highly successful training courses. Ex.___

  • Extensive security coverage—Describes how to utilize PPP authentication, callback, and other security capabilities.
    • Prepares students to protect vital data and applications against unauthorized access. Ex.___

  • ISDN and frame relay configurations—Covers the two most common approaches to wide area remote access, step by step.
    • Gives students techniques that can be used in both low-volume and high-volume remote access environments. Ex.___

  • Sample questions in every chapter—Presents sample questions representative of those that will appear on Cisco's BCRAN Exam 640-505.
    • Delivers realistic preparation for Cisco's remote access exam -- a key exam for many students seeking CCNP certification. Ex.___

  • Detailed home office/small office/telecommuting coverage—Walks through using the Cisco 700 router to deliver remote access for home offices, telecommuters, and small remote/branch offices.
    • Teaches students how to deliver the form of remote access connectivity that is in greatest demand. Ex.___

  • Practical coverage of optimization, compression, queuing, and network address translation—Covers key techniques for making the most of limited bandwidth and IP addresses.
    • Teaches students how to minimize the cost of the remote access networks they manage. Ex.___


  • Copyright 2002
  • Dimensions: K
  • Pages: 464
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-093672-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-093672-1

Cisco Remote Access: more than a "test prep" guide, a total on-the-job reference!

  • Comprehensive coverage of configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting Cisco remote access devices
  • Master Cisco remote access through real-world scenarios and a book-length case study
  • Remote access solutions for telecommuters, SOHO, and branch offices
  • Includes sample exam questions in every chapter

If you're a Cisco professional, you know the crucial importance of remote access-and of passing your CCNP 2.0 Remote Access Exam (640-505) on the first try! The solution: CCNP 2.0: Building Cisco Remote Access Networks (BCRAN). This book delivers start-to-finish coverage of configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting remote access connections in any Cisco environment: branch office, small/home office, and beyond.

Robert N. Myhre and Steven Dangerfield cover every exam objective, presenting scenarios that deliver hands-on practice and building your skills incrementally through a single, book-length case study. Far more than a "test prep" guide, this is your total on-the-job reference for deploying remote access and managing it securely!

  • Cisco WAN connections, design, and product selection
  • Configuring modem connections and remote users
  • Utilizing PPP authentication, compression, callback, and multilink features
  • Deploying remote access via ISDN and frame relay—step by step
  • Optimizing limited bandwidth using queueing and compression
  • Extending IP addresses using network address translation
  • Configuring authentication, authorization, and accounting with Cisco routers and CiscoSecure
  • Delivering SOHO remote access with the Cisco 700 router

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

Using Cisco for Remote Access

Table of Contents



About the Author.

1. Using Cisco for Remote Access.

Overview of WAN Connections. WAN Considerations. Product Selections. Summary. Exam Objective Checklist. Practice Questions.

2. Modem Connections at the Central Site.

Overview of 3640. Modem Operation. Modem Configuration. Summary. Example Configuration. Exam Objective Checklist. Practice Questions.

3. Configuring Remote Users to Access the Central Site.

Configuring Windows 95 and Windows 98. PPP. Summary. Example Configuration. Exam Objective Checklist. Practice Questions.

4. Point-to-Point Protocol Enhancements.

Authentication. Callback. Compression. Multilink PPP. Summary. Example Configuration. Exam Objective Checklist. Practice Questions.

5. Connecting the Branch Office Using ISDN.

A Look at Digital Communications. Primary Rate Interface. Basic Rate Interface. Dial-on-Demand Routing. Summary. Example Configuration. Exam Objective Checklist. Practice Questions.

6. ISDN and DDR Enhancements.

ISDN Enhancements. Dialer Interfaces. Summary. Sample Configurations. Exam Objective Checklist. Practice Questions.

7. Using the Cisco 700 for SOHO.

Cisco 700 Series Routers. Profiles. Configuration. Summary. Sample Configurations. Exam Objective Checklist. Practice Questions.

8. Connecting a Branch Site Using X.25.

X.25 Overview. Configuration of X.25. Summary. Central Site. Sample Configurations. Exam Objective Checklist. Practice Questions.

9. Using Frame Relay at the Branch Office.

Basic Frame Relay Operations. Configuration of Frame Relay. Traffic Shaping. Summary. Sample Configurations. Exam Objective Checklist. Practice Questions.

10. Dial Backup with ISDN.

Dial Backup for Redundancy. Dial Backup for Overload. Summary. Sample Configurations. Exam Objective Checklist. Practice Questions.

11. Optimizing Limited Bandwidth using Queuing and Compression.

Queuing. Weighted Fair Queuing. Priority Queuing. Custom Queuing. Comparison of the Queuing Techniques. Compression. Summary. Exam Objective Checklist. Practice Questions.

12. Extending IP Addresses with Network Address Translation.

NAT Introduction. Cisco NAT Glossary. NAT Issues. NAT Configuration. Summary. Exam Objective Checklist. Practice Questions.

13. Controlled Access Using Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting.

Introduction to AAA. CiscoSecure as an AAA Server. Configuration of AAA on a Cisco IOS Router. Verification of AAA Configuration. Summary. Exam Objective Checklist. Practice Questions.

Appendix: Practice Question Answers.




"As an instructor in a classroom environment, I have learned there are two types of instructors. The first type, whether likable or not, is proud to show off his or her knowledge, but dislikes anyone learning anything. This type of instructor is more concerned with being better than everyone else. The second type of instructor, again whether likable or not, actually enjoys teaching. This person likes to share knowledge and does so in an informative way. I like to think of myself as the latter type."

This is now my third book, and the previous paragraph was quoted from my introduction in the CCNA Certification book. It has become somewhat of a motto for my career and when I feel I might be getting off track, I reread this statement as a reminder. Yet another year has progressed and I still love teaching and learning.

The Cisco certifications are undergoing revision changes, and with those changes the curriculum has changed. This book was written with the new CCNP 2.0 certifications in mind. I feel that a certification book should also be a learning book, and so each chapter progressively (as much as possible anyway) discloses new information. Each chapter configures one or more routers in a logical way such that even without the use of a physical router to practice on, you should be able to see the results of all the actions.

Who Is this Book For?

This book makes a quick jump into the advanced technologies needed for the CCNP certification test: Remote Access 2.0. I assume that the reader understands RIP and IGRP and can configure these two routing protocols and manipulate other facets of the Cisco IOS without much thought. I also assume the reader knows how to subnet, which means you can actually subnet, not use a calculator or have a chart memorized. As you continue into the Cisco career path it is important to differentiate yourself from other certifications as well as other CCNPs by having a full understanding of TCP/IP, including subnetting.

If you feel weak in any of these areas, or while reading the book, and you feel you need a refresher, I recommend my first book.

How this Book Is Laid Out

The material required for the Remote Access 2.0 test includes many different protocols found in a variety of Wide Area Networks. This test requires understanding the foundation of each of these protocols and how to configure them for basic connectivity. While I have tried to give more information about each topic then is required on the exam to further help the learning process, I had to restrict myself from placing more detailed information which could lead to confusion due to being overwhelmed. Please realize that any topic in this book could, and has been, a book in its own right.

With that said, this book follows the exam objectives as posted on the Cisco website.

I tried to keep a consistent flow through the chapters by building on the same network. If you have enough equipment at home or the office, it can be quite a challenge (and an excellent reward) to build this network entirely. The idea of this book is to provide progressive disclosure of information and skipping chapters may lead to missed information.

How to Obtain Cisco Certifications

To become a CCNP you must pass either four tests, or two tests. Three tests, Remote Access (640-505, for which this book was written), Switching (640-504), and Routing (640-503) can all be taken individually at $125 each, or can be combined into a large test called the Foundation (640-509) for $250. The other test is the Support test (640-506), also costing $125 to take. Please refer to Cisco's website for update information (www.cisco.com/certifications).

To register for a test, call Sylvan Prometric at 1-800-204-EXAM (3926) or through Virtual University Enterprises at www.vue.com. You can pay via credit card, or have them bill you for the test. Note that you cannot actually take the test until it has been paid for though. I would recommend calling Sylvan Prometric 24 hours in advance of your test for confirmation. Remember to bring two forms of IDs, including a photo.

Other Cisco Certifications

The best way to get a feel for the different certifications is to visit Cisco's Web site at www.cisco.com and explore the training and certification paths. You will find there are many other certifications, including:

  • CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate) for designing small LAN and WAN networks.
  • CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) for building and configuring bigger and more complex LANs and WANs.
  • CCDP (Cisco Certified Design Professional) for designing bigger and more complex LANs and WANs.
  • CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert). The biggest and probably the most coveted certification in the industry.
How to Contact the Author

I can be reached at RemoteAccess@networkaware.net. I do read all the email, and try to respond to each and every one, but I am frequently out of town or very busy. It might take me a few days to reply. You can also visit my website at www.networkaware.net for errata. As much as I try to avoid mistakes in this book, no one is perfect. Please feel free to email me with any and all corrections that need to be made.


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