CDP is a very useful protocol. It is a fantastic tool for searching the details about the directly connected devices. However, being Cisco propriety, it only works if the connected device is a Cisco device. It works by sending messages including of details about the host, devices, network, IOS, ports, etc. to be able to troubleshoot or map a network.

CDP provides us with very important information that is quite useful if we do not have a complete diagram or have incomplete documentation about the network.

By using CDP we can find out the following information:

  • Hostname of the remote devices
  • Local and remote interfaces on which the devices are connected
  • Type of device and the platform
  • IP address of the connected devices
  • Version of IOS running

In this lab, you will be required to find information about directly connected devices. To find complete information and details of all the devices, you have to use telnet because CDP can only provide information about directly connected devices. In the below lab, ‘device0’ does not have a direct link to all Cisco devices. And finally, we have to disable the CDP on fast Ethernet 0/5 interface of the router 5 – which is connected with the ISP router – because we do not want to pass our internal network information to the internet service provider (ISP).

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Lab Tasks

1. Use CDP commands to find out Cisco devices 1 to 5
2. Find out their IPs and interfaces on which they are connected.
3. Disable CDP on interface FastEthernet 0/1 of device 5

(YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO ACCESS SWITCH 0 THROUGH CONSOLE CONNECTION)

(USE TELNET TO ACCESS DEVICE 1)

(TELNET PASSWORD – cisco)

(Privileged mode password – cisco)

Lab Configuration

Task 1

Router#show cdp neighbors

Router#show cdp neighbors detail
Task 2

From Switch 0

local interface       –      Remote interface and IP address

1.    FastEthernet 0/1            FastEthernet 0/1- 192.168.1.100

2.    FastEthernet 0/2            FastEthernet 0/0- 192.168.1.3

3.    FastEthernet 0/3            FastEthernet 0/0- 192.168.1.4

From Switch 1

4.    FastEthernet 0/2            FastEthernet 0/0- 192.168.1.45/24

5.    FastEthernet 0/3            FastEthernet 0/0- 192.168.1.43/24

Task 3

Router(config)#interface fastethernet 0/1

Router(config-if)#no cdp enable