Cisco Routers (2811)

I'm by no means a communications guy but I need to learn some networking basics for my own benefit.  I need to learn about
 Cisco Routers and how the serial, fast ethernet, and VLAN interfaces work. As well as how the IP routing tables are read and how they work.  Doe anyone know of a great website or book where I can find useful, understandable information for a rookie such as myself?? Any help would be appreciated, many thanks in advance.
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Craig_200XCommented:
I would say:

WWW.CISCO.COM

using the search engine on that site will show you the DEFINITIVE guide to configuration of all cisco equipment (free!)  and if you have a CCO Partner account you can access lab simulators (free)!

Ex.
 
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps708/products_configuration_guide_chapter09186a008007e711.html


I think that site IS the horses mouth. All secondary info is derived from there.
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miloudiCommented:
Hi,

This is a dood kick start hopefully.
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miloudiCommented:
i meant good, damn me....
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cattytownCommented:
Support for the earlier suggestion - the Cisco web site is very good.

As you specifically mentioned routing tables, I'll take a few moments to talk about an often overlook aspect of routing. It is possible that a packet may hit on two entries in the routing table.

Eg there is a route to 192.168.0.0 255.255.0.0 and one to 192.168.10.0 255.255.255.0. A packet wil be routed according to the longest match, in this case the second of the two.

Paul.
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mattacukCommented:
All of those topics are covered in the Cisco Press CCNA selfpaced kit by Wendell Odom,

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1587200953/qid=1144105023/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_3_1/203-0779056-9108747

I read the book, and passed the exam. I belive this would be an excellent resource for you.
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Craig_200XCommented:
Just curious as to the reasoning there was no split? I did suggest the site first no?
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