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Networking tips

Here are some random tips for students in Networking 1 and Networking 2 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. At UPB, we use Boson Netsim to simulate working on Cisco routers and switches. It is a great learning tool.

Connecting to the CIST Lab and Boson Remotely

  1. Use Internet Explorer! You can use Firefox as well, but you will be prompted to download the Juniper plugin.
  2. Navigate to, sign in with your student credentials. Scroll down the page and on the right side click the link "Secure Remote Access".
  3. Once again, enter your student credentials. Make sure the connection method is set to "Network Connect". Click "Log In".
  4. Click the "Start" button for "Network Connect".
  5. After the host checker validates your credentials, paste this link into the URL -
  6. Please select an authentication method to use - Choose "PITT", click "Proceed to Login", and if prompted, enter your credentials once again.
  7. Click "New Reservation". Choose "CISTLabImage", "Now", select how long you plan to stay connected, and click "Create Reservation".
  8. When it is finished loading, click "Connect!". Copy or write down your password (this will be a one time temporary password) and click "Get RDP File".
  9. A message box will pop up, click "Connect" and paste in your temporary password.
  10. You're in! If you want to access your student account "Z" drive, type "Y" and enter your credentials. I recommend using this drive because there is no internet access when working remotely, therefore no way to access your saved projects if you're working on them from home.
  11. If you are using Boson, remember when opening Boson to change the version to "CCNP 8.0" then click "Connect".

Networking 1 - Connecting routers and hosts with multiple networks

This is pretty much what the entire Networking 1 midterm consists of. This guide is a tutorial I made for myself to remember all the steps when setting up a very basic network. This covers turning on router interfaces, assigning IP addresses and subnet masks to interfaces on routers and hosts, assigning static routes, and gives some basic tips on troubleshooting when none of it works. For what was required in the class, it is thorough.

** To anyone that actually does networking, or knows alot about it, keep in mind that this was prepared for a Networking 1 class. I realize that much of this is not how real world networks are actually set up and that this is purely the basics. This class was designed to give students the basic knowledge of how networks and Cisco equipment works.

The tutorial can be downloaded here.

Networking 1 - Final To Do List

I wrote this quick guide to keep me straight when I was doing the Networking 1 final. Between subnetting, welcome banners, descriptions, routes, and plenty of other things, there is a lot to remember. This is not a comprehensive guide, this is more or less a checklist to go through to try to keep everything in order.

You can download the "to-do list" here.

Access Lists Format

Line # Deny/Permit Protocol (TCP, UDP, IP) Source IP - Any = all addresses / Host = 1 specific address Source Inverse Mask Source Port # - EQ # Destination IP - Any = all addresses / Host = 1 specific address Destination Inverse Mask Destination Port # - EQ #