Network+: Networking Fundamentals

COURSE OUTLINE:

Description The CompTIA Network+® (2009 Objectives) course builds on your existing user-level knowledge and experience with personal computer operating systems and networks to present fundamental skills and concepts that you will use on the job in any type of networking career. If you are pursuing a CompTIA technical certification path, the CompTIA A+ certification is an excellent first step to take before preparing for the CompTIA Network+ certification. Course Objective: You will identify and describe all the major networking technologies, systems, skills, and tools in use in modern PC-based computer networks, and learn information and skills that will be helpful as you prepare for the CompTIA Network+ certification examination, 2009 objectives (exam number N10-004).

Audience
This course is intended for entry-level computer support professionals with basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems, who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of networking concepts and skills to prepare for a career in network support or administration, or to prepare for the CompTIA Network+® (2009 Objectives) exam (exam number N10-004). A typical student in the CompTIA Network+® (2009 Objectives) course should have nine months or more of professional computer support experience as a PC technician or help desk technician. Network experience is helpful but not required; A+ certification or the equivalent skills and knowledge is helpful but not required.

Prerequisites
CompTIA A+ certification, or the equivalent skills and knowledge, is helpful but not required.

Learning Objectives
Lesson 1: Network Theory

  • Networking Terminology
  • Network Building Blocks
  • Standard Network Models
  • Physical Network Topologies
  • Logical Network Topologies
  • Network Categories
Lesson 2: Network Communications Methods
  • Transmission Methods
  • Media Access Methods
  • Signaling MethodsLesson 3: Network Data Delivery
    • Data Addressing and Delivery
    • Delivery Techniques
    Lesson 4: Network Media and Hardware
    • Bounded Network Media
    • Unbounded Network Media
    • Noise Control
    • Network Connectivity Devices
    • Wiring Distribution Components
    Lesson 5: Network Implementations
    • The OSI Model
    • Ethernet Networks
    • Token Ring Networks
    • Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) Networks
    • Wireless Technologies and Standards
    Lesson 6: Networking with TCP/IP
    • Families of Protocols
    • The TCP/IP Protocol
    • IP Address Basics
    • Custom IP Addresses
    • The IP Version 6 Protocol
    • The TCP/IP Protocol Suite
    Lesson 7: TCP/IP Services
    • IP Address Assignment Methods
    • Host Name Resolution
    • TCP/IP Utilities
    • TCP/IP Upper-Layer Services
    • TCP/IP Interoperability Services
    Lesson 8: Local Area Network Infrastructure
    • Bridges and Switches
    • IP Routing
    • Static IP Routing
    • Dynamic IP Routing
    • Control Data Movement with Filters and VLANs
    Lesson 9: WAN Infrastructure
    • WAN Switching Technologies
    • WAN Transmission Technologies
    • WAN Connectivity Methods
    • Voice Over Data Systems
    Lesson 10: Network Security
    • Computer Security Basics
    • Authentication
    • Data Encryption
    • Protect Network Traffic with IP Security (IPsec)
    • Internet Security
    • Local Security
    • Common Threats
    • Threat Mitigation Techniques
    • Intrusion Detection and Prevention
    • Educate Users
    Lesson 11: Remote Networking
    • Remote Network Architectures
    • Remote Access Networking Implementations
    • Virtual Private Networking
    • Remote Control Computing
    Lesson 12: Disaster Recovery
    • Examine Configuration Management Documentation
    • Plan for Disaster Recovery
    • Fault Tolerance Methods
    • Data Backup
    Lesson 13: Network Data Storage
    • Enterprise Data Storage
    • Network-Attached Storage (NAS)
    • Storage Area Network (SAN) Implementations
    • Clustering
    Lesson 14: Network Operating Systems
    • UNIX and Linux Operating Systems
    • Apple Mac OS X
    • Microsoft Operating Systems
    • Novell Open Enterprise Server
    Lesson 15: Network Management
    • Monitoring Tools
    • Network Baselining
    • Network Optimization
    Lesson 16: Network Troubleshooting
    • Troubleshooting Models
    • TCP/IP Troubleshooting Utilities
    • Hardware Troubleshooting Tools
    • Common Connectivity Issues