N+ Network

Students will learn the skills and knowledge to help prepare them to take the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

None; however, the certification exam is targeted for computer technicians with 18 to 24 months in the IT field. A+ certification or equivalent knowledge is also recommended.

Lesson objectives help students become comfortable with the course, and also provide a means to evaluate learning. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• Describe the purpose of networking protocols and networking in general.
• Identify features of various network operating systems and the clients used to access them.
• Describe the OSI networking model and its relationship to networking components.
• Describe the network components relating to the Physical layer of the OSI model.
• Describe the function of the Data Link layer of the OSI model.
• Explain how data is transmitted over a network.
• Describe the function of the Network layer of the OSI model.
• Describe the function of the Transport layer of the OSI model.
• Describe the function of the Session layer of the OSI model.
• Explain the fundamental concepts of the TCP/IP protocol suite.
• Explain the use of TCP/IP addresses and subnets.
• Access and use a TCP/IP network.
• Describe the requirements for remote network access.
• Explain the need for and ways to implement network security and fault tolerance.
• Describe the types of information that need to be gathered prior to installing or updating a network operating system.
• Explain ways to monitor and manage a network.
• Describe a systematic approach for troubleshooting network problems.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Basic Network Knowledge
• Network and Internetwork Concepts
• Network Topologies
• Networking Strategies

Lesson 2: Servers and Clients
• Network Operating System Basics
• Network Clients
• Directory Services

Lesson 3: Introduction to the OSI Model
• Introduction to the OSI Model
• Families of Protocols

Lesson 4: The Physical Media
• Data-transmission Media
• Unbounded Media
• Signaling
• Signal Transmissions

Lesson 5: The Data Link Layer
• Data Link Layer Considerations
• Media Access Control (MAC) and Logical Link Control (LLC)
• IEEE 802 Specifications

Lesson 6: Data Transmission
• Introduction to Network Connection Devices
• Network Adapters
• Putting Data on the Cable
• Network Topologies
• Bridges

Lesson 7: The Network Layer
• Addresses
• Internetwork Connection Devices

Lesson 8: The Transport Layer
• Transport Layer Addressing Issues
• The Transport Layer Segmenting Process
• Transport Layer Connection Services

Lesson 9: The Session Layer
• Dialog Control Modes
• Managing the Session

Lesson 10: TCP/IP Fundamentals
• What is TCP/IP?
• The TCP/IP Protocol Suite

Lesson 11: IP Addressing, Subnetting, and Supernetting
• IP Addressing
• Interior Gateway Protocols
• Introduction to Subnetting
• Supernetting

Lesson 12: Accessing and Using a TCP/IP Network
• Configuring Clients for TCP/IP Networks
• TCP/IP Suite Utilities
• Using TCP/IP Suite Utilities to Check Network Connectivity

Lesson 13: Remote Access Protocols
• Remote Access Protocols
• Examining Remote Connection Options
• Dial-up Networking

Lesson 14: Network Security and Fault Tolerance
• Security Models
• Password Security
• Data Encryption
• Firewalls and Proxy Servers
• System Fault Tolerance
• Backing Up Data

Lesson 15: Preparing for Network Installation
• Planning and Gathering Information
• Environmental Issues
• Networking Components and Connectors
• Compatibility Issues

Lesson 16: Maintaining the Network
• Network Documentation
• Backup Strategies
• Virus Protection
• Patches and other Software Updates

Lesson 17: Troubleshooting the Network
• Exploring Troubleshooting Models
• Identifying Troubleshooting Tools

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