Mission Statement

If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.

–Albert Einstein

The truest test to determine whether you know something or not is to try to explain it to someone else. Often, it’s in the process of explaining it to another that you finally master it yourself. I’ve found this to be true throughout my networking career. It has caused me to embrace new technologies and concepts with a mindset of learning them to teach them to someone else.

That is what I want to do with this blog. I’ve learned a lot in my networking career, and in an effort to truly master what I’ve learned, I would like to share it with the world.

However, I want to do more than simply paraphrase the countless other resources on the Internet. I want to teach networking in a way that is practical and applicable. In a way that is easy to understand, and (more importantly), easy to pass on.

The internet is full of entry level articles meant to provide 30,000 foot views of concepts or technologies.

The internet is also full of engineering level documents that were written by engineers and for engineers, which sometimes require engineering degrees to comprehend.

The intent of this blog is to bridge that gap.

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Having reviewed most of your site, I can say you have succeeded in your mission.

I only wish I had found your site earlier, because your explanations and illustrations make networking principles accessible to people from networking engineers to laypersons that are setting up a router or vlan-aware switch at home.

Your comment, “Often, it’s in the process of explaining it to another that you finally master it yourself.” is very true.

Thank you for all the time you have invested in making this website, the animated illustrations, and your youtube videos.

This site is where I now direct people to when they have networking questions.