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A901E: Cisco ASR 901 Essentials

This instructor-led course introduces you to the features and functions of the Cisco® ASR 901 Series platform. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs, you will gain an understanding of the major aspects of the platform, including hardware, software,Layer 2 services, and management features. This training is based on Cisco IOS® Software Release 15.2(2)SNG for the Cisco ASR 901.

Course Objectives

After completing this course the student should be able to:

  • List and describe features, benefits, and functions of Cisco ASR 901 Series routers
  • Describe each of the hardware components and perform hardware maintenance on the Cisco ASR 901
  • List and describe the architecture, features, and functions of the hardware elements of the fixed-configuration Cisco ASR 901 router
  • Explain the Cisco ASR 901 operating system and functionality
  • Install software on a Cisco ASR 901 Series router
  • Configure Ethernet interfaces on the Cisco ASR 901 router using the Cisco o Ethernet Virtual
  • Circuit command line interface
  • Configure T1/E1controllers and serial and MLPPP interfaces on the Cisco ASR 901 router

Course Content

  • Using the Cisco ASR 901 for IP RadiAccess Network Backhaul
  • Existing RadiAccess Network Backhaul
  • Next-Generation IP RadiAccess Network Backhaul
  • Placement of the Cisco ASR 901 in the IP RAN Backhaul Solution
  • Hardware Overview and Maintenance of the ASR 901
  • Cisco ASR 901 Placement and Function in the IP RAN Solution
  • Cisco ASR 901 Chassis and Common Equipment
  • Performing Hardware-Related Monitoring Tasks
  • Cisco ASR 901 Hardware Maintenance and Field Replacement
  • ChassisPortNumbering Scheme
  • Establishing Connectivity tthe Backhaul Circuit
  • Establishing Connectivity Within the Cell Site
  • Software Overview and Configuration
  • Cisco ASR 901 Cisco IOS Software Overview
  • Logging intthe Cisco ASR 901
  • Displaying the Configuration and Locating Important System Files
  • Generating and Installing Software Licenses
  • Performing Basic System and Interface Commands
  • Performing Cisco IOS Command Line Tips and Tricks
  • Applying Cisco IOS Configuration Scripts
  • Performing Software Upgrades
  • Configuring Ethernet Interfaces on the Cisco ASR 901
  • Enabling Ethernet Interfaces
  • Overview of the Cisco Ethernet Virtual Circuit Framework
  • Configuring Ethernet Interfaces Using the Ethernet Virtual Circuit CLI
  • Comparing EVC CLI tTraditional Layer 2 and Layer 3 CLI
  • Ethernet Configuration Example for IP RAN Backhaul
  • Verifying Ethernet Interface Configuration
  • Configuring Cisco Discovery Protocol and Link Layer Discovery Protocol
  • Configuring Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Configuring Link Aggregation and Redundancy Using Port Channels
  • Configuring TDM Interfaces on the Cisco ASR 901
  • Enabling T1/E1 Serial Ports for First Time Use
  • Selecting T1/E1 Clocking
  • Configuring and Verifying T1/E1 Controllers
  • Configuring and Verifying Serial Interfaces
  • Configuring and Verifying Multilink PPP
  • Performing Loopback and Bit Error Rate Testing


  • Performing Hardware Discovery and Initial Cisco ASR 901 Configuration
  • Installing Cisco ASR 901 Licenses and Performing Software Upgrades
  • Configuring Ethernet Interfaces Using the Ethernet Virtual Circuit Command Line Interface
  • Configuring T1/E1 Controllers, Network Clocking, Serial Interfaces, and Multilink PPP
  • Configuring TDM Local Switching, Performing Loopback and Bit Error Rate Testing

Target Audience

This course is for technical professionals whneed tknow how timplement Cisco ASR 901 Series routers in their 3G or 4G mobile backhaul network environment.

The following are considered the primary audience for this course:

  • Technical support personnel
  • System engineers

Course Duration

3 days

Suggested Pre-requisites

The knowledge and skills that a student must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Attend the Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices (ICND) course or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of Cisco IOS Software commands
  • Knowledge of Layer 2 IEEE switching and related protocols

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