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SRTP (Secure Real-Time protocol), as the name suggests, is a secure RTP, or in simple terms, encrypted RTP. SRTP can be implemented in both CUCM or CME environments. There are a lot of things involved which we need to prepare before going forward. The goal of this post is to provide an understanding of implementing this protocol, but it cannot be considered as a complete guide because there is so ... Read more

Recently I have started learning Python. Is it because the sky is falling? Have I handed my CCIE and CCDE plaque back to Chuck Robbins? Not yet…   People that know me know that I have a big hunger for learning things. I’ve been on the networking side for 10 years now, and I decided that I wanted to learn coding to be able to interact better with developers and system ... Read more

The networking industry is a constantly evolving field that needs more and more talented people to start filling roles that are opening up. Even with this, it seems that without experience, it is still hard to break into the industry. This poses a very unique situation out there for people just starting their careers, but there are ways that, with some outside-the-box thinking, breaking into the ... Read more

Cisco Live US 2016 is in the books, and what a great event it was! Like every year, it’s a crazy intense week, and my week was filled with attending sessions, meeting people, doing interviews, and a lot more. I was happy to see a big gathering of both people from Cisco and Cisco VIP’s this year. From the Cisco side, I got to meet Karlo Bobiles for the first time. Matt and Brett were ... Read more

DMVPN Overview  Dynamic Multipoint Virtual Private Network (DMVPN) is a cost-efficient, scalable technology used to connect multiple sites together. DMVPN is a solution that comprises three main technologies: Multipoint GRE tunnels NHRP IPsec.   I will not focus on DMVPN configuration but rather on how Multipoint GRE tunnels and NHRP rely on the next-hop value in the routing table to ... Read more

What is “virtual” – not reality?   This idea could launch a philosophical discussion. It harkens back to Rene Descartes proving his very being with the proclamation: "I think, therefore I exist" (“Cogito, ergo sum”) and laying the groundwork for further proof of the surrounding material world and the necessary connectivity of "things" (or metaphysics).   ... Read more

Introduction In today’s networks, it is almost impossible to find a network professional who has never been in touch with fiber-based links between switches, routers, or other network devices. The widespread use of fibers makes a lot of sense, since a single strand of fiber can provide very high capacity.   Some of the first commercial fiber links were deployed in the mid-1970’s ... Read more

Hi guys,   I hope you all are well. In this blog, I would like to share with you a real world scenario I came across last week from a customer who had the following requirements:   Users have to connect to the LAN through AnyConnect SSL VPN on a non-default port; AnyConnect users have to authenticate through the existent Active Directory/LDAP server in the LAN; AnyConnect clients have ... Read more

Advanced STP features is perhaps one of the most commonly misunderstood topics in any Cisco certification level studies. From what I have found, the features are somewhat unclearly documented and some information available out there is even plain wrong. This post describes the operation of PortFast, BPDU guard, and BPDU filter in detail.   PortFast  The PortFast feature was originally ... Read more

Elvin Arias

Why Telnet Is Bad

Posted by Elvin Arias Feb 19, 2016

Remote network connection is critical for managing the enterprise network devices. Accessing the routers and switches is vital for the network administrators in order to execute daily operational tasks, which include (but are not limited to): Creating and removing VLANs. Adding and removing interfaces. Shutting down or enabling interfaces. Routing configuration, e.g. adding or removing static ... Read more

Hi all, This is my first blog, I hope readers will find of value in it. I’m going to be concise and focus on the topic without overwhelming you with lots of explanations, hopefully it will light and welcoming to read.   Today I’m going to talk about NAT exemption. As we know NAT plays a very important role in our networks today. And there are different of types and a bunch of ... Read more

The networking industry is moving at a rapid pace. How does one keep up with all the changes and decide which resources should be used to stay updated? How can one focus on certification studies while staying updated on new technologies?   The above questions are very valid at this time as we see Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) mentioned in almost ... Read more

Jared

VLANs - It's All a Game of Tag

Posted by Jared Nov 12, 2015

A long time ago in an industry that has rapidly changed, there was the local-area network (LAN).  The LAN was a single broadcast domain where all devices would hear broadcast traffic.  As LANs grew and broadcasts increased, traffic became congested, security threats grew, and segmentation was needed.  The LAN needed to be divided.  In the old days, one could run new ... Read more

Too fast Too furious - who doesn't like speed, especially when we talk about the internet or network connectivity? But the real question is, which is better to have: fast speed or more bandwidth? Although these terms are inter-related, they're not same. As an internet or network user, "fast speed" means a faster rate of data communications. That sounds good, because who doesn't want a fast ... Read more

When I was first getting into IP subnetting, I learned that subnetting was the process of taking an existing network and breaking it up into smaller networks.  When learning subnetting, there were usually 2 questions asked.  I saw these 2 questions in books, worksheets, even interviews. 1) How many hosts do you need in your network? 2) How many networks do you need in your ... Read more

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