TechRepublic’s Cisco expert, David Davis, often receives queries about the basics of router and switch management. If you are just learning about networking devices, a good place to start is with these two concise (eight pages each) white paper guides from Global Knowledge:

  • Router Essentials
    This white paper introduces the reader to basic router concepts, commands, and configurations. It is designed to address the “basic of the basics concepts” and helps lay a solid foundation for more complex routing concepts. (March 2008)
  • Switching Essentials
    This white paper addresses the basics of Layer 2 technology and helps you get your switch up and running. (March 2008)