If you are a beginner looking for information on routing and switching devices, these short papers will introduce you to the basic concepts.
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)