In the workplace scenario that follows, you will see the importance of a WAN and its relation to local area networks (LANs). You will also work with a tool that simulates and test network configurations, and that assignment, along with the information in the scenario, will be useful in putting together your final Cisco Network Proposal.
Wide Area Networking
Kamehameha Institute started in a single location with one desktop computer. As the organization grew, additional workstations and servers were added to and networked to form a local area network (LAN).
Now that the company has expanded to multiple locations that are geographically dispersed, it has formed a wide area network (WAN). A WAN is made up on two or more LANs connected via a router in a large geographical area.
As the network administrator, you need to ensure that the routers are configured in such a way that the traffic destined for each local network is delivered appropriately, as well as traffic intended for the remote locations.
As this week’s scenario shows, understanding how remote locations are optimally networked is important, since many firms are spread across multiple sites.
As a network engineer for Kamehameha Institute, you will need to become familiar with the Packet Tracer simulation tool from Cisco. Packet Tracer is used to simulate and test network configurations. This allows you to work out and improve upon the settings before implementing them.
Using the diagram and configuration information from your first task, create a Packet Tracer simulation.
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