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Cisco packet tracer practice : Cabling a Simple Network

In this post i'm going to share a practice file on  Cabling a Simple Network. This aystem and the packet tracer files is actually provided by cisco.


Objectives
  • Develop an understanding of the basic functions of Packet Tracer.
  • Create a simple network using two hosts.
  • Observe the importance of using the correct cable type to connect PCs.
Hint: To ensure that the instructions always remain visible during an activity, click the "Top" check box in the lower left-hand corner of this instruction window.
Note: This activity begins with a blank workspace. The workspace is where you place and connect network devices.

Step 1: Create a network diagram with two PCs
The bottom left-hand corner of the Packet Tracer screen displays nine icons that represent device categories or groups, such as Routers, Switches, or End Devices. 
Move your cursor over the device categories to show the name of the category in the box centered between the rows of devices. To select a device, first select the device category. Once the device category is selected, the options within that category appear in the box next to the category listings. Select the device option that is required.
  1. Select End Devices from the options in the bottom left-hand corner.
  2. Drag and drop two generic PCs (PC-PT) onto the Logical Workspace.
  3. Select Connections from the bottom left-hand corner.
  4. Choose a Copper Straight-Through cable type.
  5. Click the first host, PC0, and assign the cable to the FastEthernet connector.
  6. Click the second host, PC1, and assign the cable to the FastEthernet connector.
  7. The red dots indicate an incorrect cable type. Click the red X on the right-hand side of Packet Tracer. This will allow you to delete the Copper Straight-Through cable.
  8. Move the cursor to the cable and click the cable to delete it.
  9. Choose a Copper Cross-Over cable type.
  10. Click the first host, PC0, and assign the cable to the FastEthernet connector.
  11. Click the second host, PC1, and assign the cable to the FastEthernet connector. The green dots at both ends of the cable indicate the correct cable type.

Step 2: Configure host names and IP addresses on the PCs
  1. Click PC0. A PC0 window will appear.
  2. From the PC0 window, select the Config tab.
  3. Change the PC Display Name to PC-A.
  4. Select the FastEthernet tab on the left.
  5. Type the IP address 192.168.1.1 and subnet mask 255.255.255.0 in the IP Configuration section.
  6. Close the PC-A configuration window by selecting the x in the upper right-hand corner.
  7. Click PC1. A PC1 window will appear.
  8. From the PC1 window, select the Config tab.
  9. Change the PC Display Name to PC-B.
  10. Select the FastEthernet tab on the left.
  11. Type the IP address 192.168.1.2 and subnet mask 255.255.255.0 in the IP Configuration section.
  12. Close the PC-B configuration window by selecting the x in the upper right-hand corner.

Step 3: Create a network diagram with two PCs and a hub
In Step 1, two computers were connected using a Copper Cross-Over cable type. This type of connection is a simple way to interconnect two computers. Use a hub to connect two or more computers.
  1. Begin this new configuration by using the red X on the right side of Packet Tracer to delete the Copper Cross-Over cable type connecting PC-A to PC-B.
  2. Select Hubs from the options in the bottom left-hand corner.
  3. Drag and drop a generic hub (Hub-PT) onto the Logical Workspace.
  4. Select Connections from the bottom left-hand corner.
  5. Choose a Copper Cross-Over cable type.
  6. Click the first host, PC-A, and assign the cable to the FastEthernet connector.
  7. Click the hub, Hub0, and select a connection port, Port 0, to connect to PC-A.
  8. The red dots indicate the wrong cable type. Click the red X on the right-hand side of Packet Tracer and delete the Copper Cross-Over cable.
  9. Choose a Copper Straight-Through cable type.
  10. Click the first host, PC-A, and assign the cable to the FastEthernet connector.
  11. Click the hub, Hub0, and click Port 0 to connect to PC-A.
  12. Click the Copper Straight-Through cable type again.
  13. Click the second host, PC-B, and assign the cable to the FastEthernet connector.
  14. Click the hub, Hub0, and click Port 1 to connect to PC-B.

Step 4: Replace the hub by a switch
In Step 3 you created a network with a hub. While this network is functional, its performance could be improved by using a switch instead of a hub. Replace the hub by a switch.
  1. Select the hub and click on the red X located on the right side of Packet Tracer. This will remove the hub and the cables connected to it.
  2. Select Switches from the options in the bottom left-hand corner.
  3. Drag and drop a 2950-24 switch onto the Logical Workspace.
  4. Select Connections from the bottom left-hand corner.
  5. Choose a Copper Straight-Through cable type.
  6. Click the first host, PC-A, and assign the cable to the FastEthernet connector.
  7. Click the switch, Switch0, and select a connection port, FastEthernet0/1, to connect to PC-A. After about one minute two green dots should appear on both sides of the Copper Straight-Throughcable. This indicates the correct cable type has been used.
  8. Click the Copper Straight-Through cable type again.
  9. Click the second host, PC-B, and assign the cable to the FastEthernet connector.
  10. Click the switch, Switch0, and click FastEthernet0/2 to connect to PC-B.
  11. Click the Check Results button at the bottom of this instruction window to verify that the topology is correct.

Your completion percentage should be 100 percent.

Packet tracer file download link :  Cabling a Simple Network
Cabling a Simple Network
 
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