Cisco Networking

I have not added to this blog for a while and I thought its high time I did. as you know I had my TMA from TM257 back and scored 99%, I ended up completing the Introduction to Networking and passed that with merit!

I started Routing and Switching and to be honest it has been interesting and not boring as I predicted it would be. I needed to finish chapters 1 - 4 so I could answer question 1 on TMA2 it was just to calculate my average score for the chapter exams, that was the last question I had to do as I finished the rest of the TMA a while ago.

I have now submitted my TMA nearly 2 weeks early which will give me time to concentrate on TT284, I am a bit behind with that now as I've been concentrating on TM257, but should not take me long to catch up, I will also need to start the TMA number 3 as that needs to be handed in on the 14th March. I find TT284 harder than Cisco Networking, I really don't know why I have to do this course as art of my networking degree. I don't want to become a developer my brain does not really think that way. So I need to spend more time on the TMA's for TT284 as they are harder and involve a lot of coding, or to be honest just amending code the OU have written and I need to make it work.

I am still waiting for the result of TMA 2 for TT284, I hope I have done OK I was not impressed by my report to be fair, report writing is not my forte. I will of course let you know my score good or bad.

On a personal note, my partner, our friend and I have booked tickets to go to New York in July 2019, I can't wait and I'm really looking forward to it. it would have been the first time I have been out of the country in over 20 years! so I'm a bit apprehensive but excited at the same time.

TT284, TMA 01 returned

I have not written on my blog for a while, mainly due to the reason that stage two of my studies is a lot more in-depth (as it should be). I have been enjoying both modules, I may talk more about each module later, but for now, I would like to say that I got the first TMA back today with a score of 70/100, it's not my best score I have ever had, but it's most certainly not my worst!

My tutor has given me some great feedback, it's mainly that I have not used all the course material as I should have with my report. To be fair I'm not a report writer, but I know that I need to do it as if I get a job in the IT sector as a network administrator then report writing may be a reality as I would have to write reports on proposals for implementing new technology to the existing network etc. I'm not shying away from report writing but I am not jumping up and down either!

Picture of my HTML Home page file, that I wrote for my TMA
part of my HTML code for my TMA

I'm not a natural when it comes to writing HTML code, I don't have much experience and to think that I can understand what is going on the picture and what the element names mean and do is a bit step up for me.

 

 

As for TM257, I am progressing at a steady pace, I have already completed the first TMA, I have not submitted it yet just in case there is something I remember or I have to do as well before the cut off date of the 13th December.  I have learned more about networking in the last couple of months than I have in my entire life!. It is a lot to take in and I am making good use of Packet Tracer as well as the hardware I purchased, I bought two Cisco 3560 switches and Cisco 2851 router.

picture of my comms cabinet, with two cisco 3560 switches and a Cisco 2851 router.
My network switches and router, the cabinet was given to me by my boss at work.

Here is a picture of my little setup, they don't stay on all the time, mainly because they are noisy and secondly they eat electric! as the caption says, the comms cabinet was given to me by my boss, we had two of them both of which have been sitting in our warehouse for the best part of 8 years!

 

This is all I have to say right now, however, I am quietly confident that I have done well in TMA 01 for TM257. I completed the packet tracer activity and troubleshooting the network and got that working. and I have done all the other questions. the only question I'm a bit concerned by is question 2 where I have to draw a diagram showing an encapsulated packet being used to send a web page from a web server to a client. I have done the question but I'm not sure if it is correct. Time will tell!

Have a good week  🙂