Basic Cisco WAN Design Considerations

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


To identify the general technologies used in campus switching design and the various campus network design models

Target Audience

Network engineers, network system analysts, and maintenance personnel responsible for designing small to medium-sized and enterprise networks; individuals seeking the Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) certification and those individuals targeting towards the Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) certification


The knowledge and skills contained in the Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices (ICND) and CCNA Basics learning paths; a good foundation in the principles and concepts of networks and computers; familiarity with internetworking technologies

Expected Duration

180 min.

Course Objectives

Basic Cisco WAN Design Considerations

  • identify the functions of the WAN and determine the role of the WAN in the enterprise edge network.
  • identify the methodologies and key considerations for planning and designing WANs.
  • identify the methodologies used for selecting hardware and software components of WANs.
  • choose a WAN solution and optimize that solution in a given scenario.
  • identify application requirements, characterize WAN access technologies for remote access, and identify various backup options for providing alternative paths for remote access given a specific scenario.
  • recognize how to establish a WAN communication between two dispersed Enterprise Edge networks and identify current and emerging technologies that provide connectivity in a WAN.
  • identify the features, functions, and benefits of cable and wireless technologies.
  • recognize various connectivity options available to users in geographically dispersed locations and show how the Internet can be used as an alternative to failed WAN connections.
  • select the optimal WAN transport option and the most appropriate WAN backup strategy in a given scenario.