FSNE: Routing and WANs (CCNA)


Here we will cover everything related to routing needed for the CCNA. We’ll start with an awesome video of Jacob breaking down a Cisco 2811 and we will perform many labs on router configuration and static and dynamic routing.




  • Welcome (1 min)
    • Welcome to the Routing Fundamentals module!
IP Routing - 45 minutes


  • Inside a Cisco 2800 Router (15 min)
    • In this video we break down and rebuild a Cisco Integrated Services Router: the Cisco 2811 ISR.
  • How Routers Route (11 min)
    • Let’s dive into routing and start really learning how routers route.
  • Labs: Inter-VLAN Routing (11 min)
    • Making sure that we all know the most essential piece of setting up a routed network – configuring an IP address on a router 🙂
  • First Hop Redundancy Protocols (8 min)
    • Ensure end users can still access the network when a gateway router fails.
WANs - 41 minutes


  • WAN Connectivity (22 min)
    • This is where we learn about the different types of Wide Area Network connections available to us.
  • Lab: Configuring Serial Interfaces (19 min)
    • Let’s do a lab on setting up serial connections!
Static Routing - 105 minutes


  • Introduction to Static Routing (7 min)
    • We can statically set a route on a router to manually tell it how to route packets. Let’s find out how it’s done!
  • Lab: Implementing Static Routing (13 min)
    • And now, let’s actually do it!
  • Host, Floating and Fully Defined Static Routes (31 min)
    • There is more than one way to configure a static route. Back up your dynamic routing protocol with static routes.
  • Lab: Configure Floating and Host Static Routes (27 min)
    • Let’s practice configuring floating and host static routes.
  • Route Summarization (27 min)
    • We can really make our routers run like well oiled machines by maintaining our network design and hierarchy. We can also summarize routes to make our routing tables smaller – let’s check it out!
Dynamic Routing - 73 minutes


  • Introduction to Dynamic Routing (13 min)
    • Dynamic Routing is equally as important as Static Routing, although it can be a little more involved. Let’s start breaking it down!
  • Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) (6 min)
    • Let’s take a look at the most popular link-state routing protocol in use today – OSPF.
  • Labs: Configure Single Area OSPF (34 min)
    • Let’s configure routers to share routes using single-area OSPF.
  • Administrative Distance (5 min)
    • Administrative distance is one of those things that a lot of people hear about. Now, you will know exactly what it is!
  • Routing Loops (15 min)
    • Routing loops, we can’t live with ’em and we can’t live without ’em. Let’s learn exactly what routing loops are once and for all.


Guidance and Motivation


The program is created by engineering veterans who worked at Cisco, Arista Networks, top VARs, and in the U.S. Air Force. The founders have trained over 1000+ engineers for the military and built this curriculum from the ground up in order to make you job and mission-ready!

Over 40+ years of combined industry experience have been poured out into our Full Stack Network Engineering program to take anyone from Zero to Engineer in 14 to 24 weeks.

Terry Kim

Founder and CEO of NexGenT – I’ve worked in the IT industry for 15+ years before starting this company and have been fortunate enough to work for some amazing companies such as Cisco Systems, Arista Networks, and Dimension Data as a Network Architect/Systems Engineer. And my mission is to help you level up in Information Technology!

Jacob Hess

I’m a Network Engineer, Entrepreneur, and Air Force veteran who is passionate about computer networking, education, and high performance teams. I enjoy people, teaching, learning, business, and cutting edge technology.

Bill Goodwin

20 years in the computer networking industry that has included campus enterprise and Service Provider backbone support.  Headed up the problem management team overseeing troubleshooting for all high profile issues at AT&T.  Began teaching Cisco networking as a Cisco Netacad Instructor in 2007.  My focus is to get students CCNA certified.

John Meersma

I am a Network, Collaboration, and Automation Engineer with a passion for helping others become their technical best. I have worked with and taught technology for over twenty years. Learning Cisco and becoming certified change my life. I am committed to helping others do the same.