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MTCNA Home Lab: Class AP Identity

Getting Down to Business

The MTCNA course, as the most basic MikroTik training program, aims to provide trainees with a highly practical knowledge and skill set concerning the basics of working with MikroTik devices.


To achieve this purpose, practical training is an integral and highly significant part of this training. This practice takes place within a simulated network, and, via four simple tutorials, we're gonna teach you how to establish your home lab network.


In the first episode down below, we talk about setting up the identity of the first of two routers in this network, namely the Class Access Point, as well as the names of the interfaces you will be using on this router.

Home Lab Network Design

This home lab network is comprised of two routers - the Class Access Point (R1) and the Trainee Router (R2) - and the trainee's laptop.

 

The class access point connects to your home or office internet switch via a LAN connection and also establishes a wireless connection with the trainee router.

 

The trainee router, apart from its wireless connection with R1, has a cable connection with the trainee laptop. It is important to note that the trainee router (R2) is actually the device on which trainees will work, and the configuration of the class access point is a one-time task required as part of creating the lab network.

Down the Road...

Having set the identity of the class access point and the names of its active interfaces, we will go on to configure R1 in order to connect to the internet. Afterward, we'll establish the wireless connection between the two routers, and in the fourth and final step, we'll connect R2 to the trainee laptop and complete our network.

Required Hardware

As mentioned above, apart from your laptop, this network requires two MikroTik routers, both of which need to have at least 3 Ethernet ports and 1 wireless interface.

 

Moreover, in case you wish to use this network in order to learn about and work with the Dude monitoring utility, you will need a third MikroTik router.

 

You can refer to our Online MTCNA course page in order to review our recommended MikroTik hardware for this network. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our consultants for more information.