Network engineering has seen an increase in demand, and businesses are always on the lookout for engineers who can configure networks that meet their needs and provide support once theyre set up. Cisco provides a number of options both in terms of hardware and software to address these networking needs at various levels. So, If you are a novice in the field of network engineering or are simply looking to set up an efficient and cost-effective voice network for your own business, then go for this Learning Path. Packts Video Learning Paths are a series of individual video products put together in a logical and stepwise manner such that each video builds on the skills learned in the video before it. The highlights of this Learning Path are: Work with the perfect dial plan to maintain your network’s cost-effectiveness Learn how to connect the analog telephone adaptor for connecting your Cisco phone to the network Know how to validate your calls over the network Let’s take a look at your learning journey. To start with, you will explore the different hardware options over your network, and how they are brought together to create your basic connection. You will then learn to install and work with modems, routers, and analog telephones. You will also dive into implementing gateway and trunk connections with various hardware options provided by Cisco. After that, you will dive into different topologies and learn to implement each of these depending on the requirement. You will learn how to configure your network, practically manage your devices IP addresses, and work with different Cisco dial plans. Next, you will learn to set up Cisco command-line interface connections, and work with the hardware feature sets that fulfill your organization’s various needs. From there, you will explore the different software you will need for your network. You will learn to work with the Cisco Unified Communication Manager Express, Cisco Unity, and Cisco Configuration Professional Express, as well as the different file sets you will encounter on a daily basis. After that, you will learn to design your SME topology, and configure various devices for your network. You will set up your own dial plans, and also set up accounts with the help of the Cisco GUI Admin. Finally, you will learn to use Cisco Unity Connection to manage voice calls and messages over your organization’s network. On the completion of this Learning Path, you will be well versed with building, securing, and maintaining your own voice network for small to medium-sized enterprises. Meet Your Expert: We have the best works of the following esteemed author to ensure that your learning journey is smooth: Joseph Sullivan is a Professor at Joliet Junior College. Joe is a certified Cisco Netacad instructor and has received numerous Instructor Excellence Expert awards from Cisco; this is awarded to top instructors globally. He brings his field experience into the classroom and is an engineer with Motorola. In his role as a System Architect Senior Engineer for Motorola, Joe designed authentication systems for KDDI in Japan, E911 Public Safety Access Point Number portability, and enhanced Push-to-Talk services. He is also the principal innovator of two applied patents in the method and apparatus for packet discard selection and the management of paging resources associated with a push-to-talk communications. Joe is currently studying Cloud Infrastructure and continuing his work with collaboration-secure video and voice communication systems.