Ethernet & Bridging Principles

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Ethernet as a Layer 2 technology has evolved since its first introduction elevating Ethernet to a position where it provides support for differentiated services across distributed LAN infrastructures in the enterprise domain, and beyond, where today it is being implemented within Operator's networks as a Carrier Class Layer 2 technology known as Carrier Ethernet.

This 3-hour programme provides participants intending to attend the 5-day Carrier Ethernet Services Explained course, and sit the MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional exam, the opportunity to gain a suitable level of knowledge of Ethernet, bridging and switching principles and thus improve their chance of success in the exam.

Target Audience

Those who need to increase their level of knowledge of Ethernet, bridging, and switching principles before attending the Carrier Ethernet Services Explained course and sitting the MEF-CECP exam.


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Basic Ethernet Principles (6 topics)

  • Ethernet Architecture
  • Medium Access Control & Physical Layer
  • MAC Addresses: Unicast, Multicast, Broadcast
  • MAC Frame Structure & Size
  • Ethernet PHY Media & Designations
  • Ethernet Standards Extensions

Ethernet in the LAN Environment (5 topics)

  • Ethernet & its Relationship with TCP/IP
  • Ethernet communication within the LAN
  • Methods for Extending and Optimising the LAN
  • Bridges, Switches, VLAN Principles
  • Multi-site VLAN Operation

Bridging/Switching Principles (5 topics)

  • Basic Operation
  • Bridge Protocol Data Units
  • Spanning Tree Protocol Principles & Operation
  • Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol

Bridging, Provider Bridging, and Provider Backbone Bridging (3 topics)

  • Bridging & IEEE 802.1Q (Its operation & Scaling issues)
  • Provider Bridging & IEEE 802.1ad (Q-in-Q), (Its operation & Scaling issues)
  • Provider Backbone Bridging & IEEE 802.1ah (MAC-in-MAC), (Its operation & Scaling issues)

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