Articles written by Ethan Banks

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4 Types of VPNs and When to Use Them

Virtual private networks (VPNs) are a straightforward idea. The trick comes in knowing what type of VPN to use when. Let’s consider…

Ethan BanksJan 20, 2015
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Setting Up a Redundant Internet Connection With BGP

One of the most critical network links in any organization is the link to the Internet. Here’s how to configure a redundant Internet…

Ethan BanksDec 2, 2014

Does That Network Need a 10Gbps Ethernet Uplink?

You might be tempted to upgrade your network to 10Gbps Ethernet because it’s faster. And faster is better, right? But it’s a good…

Ethan BanksNov 11, 2014
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Networking Basics: OSPF Protocol Explained

OSPF is one of the few network protocols you can count on being available just about anywhere. Learn the principles of OSPF protocol, and…

Ethan BanksNov 4, 2014
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Wiring Closet Switch: Key Configuration Elements

In this second instalment on wiring closet switches, Ethan Banks talks you through a few key configuration elements that can help you…

Ethan BanksSep 9, 2014
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Wiring Closet Switch: Physical Location and Connectivity Options

Don’t neglect your wiring closet switch — it’s a critical network element that connects your users to the rest of your IT…

Ethan BanksAug 26, 2014
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Network Basics: Enterprise WAN Router

WAN routers perform a critical function in an organization’s network infrastructure. Learn how to run them well in this intro to WAN…

Ethan BanksJun 18, 2014
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Network Basics: Spanning Tree

For new networkers, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) can be intimidating. But don’t worry! In this easy-to-understand intro, Ethan Banks…

Ethan BanksJun 9, 2014
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Network Basics: Configuring Interfaces

As a network administrator, you'll likely configure interfaces more than any other thing. Learn how to do it right and stay in control of…

Ethan BanksJun 5, 2014

Network Basics: Access Lists

Learn common uses for access lists (ACLs), the different kinds of lists, and how to implement ACLs effectively.

Ethan BanksMay 20, 2014
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Network Basics: An Introduction to EIGRP

There are many different routing protocols to choose from, but folks in a predominantly Cisco network environment often choose Enhanced…

Ethan BanksMay 5, 2014
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