CompTIA® Network+ Certification Prep

CompTIA®  Network+ Certification Prep

Kent State University Ashtabula

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Instructor-Led Course
Hours: 24
Duration of Access: 6 weeks
Start Dates: Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 21, Feb 18
6,753 Students
have taken this course.

Syllabus

A new session of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

Week 1

Wednesday - Lesson 01

In Lesson 1, we'll examine the purpose of IT certifications, with specific emphasis on CompTIA Network+ and how it fits into the career of a network tech. We'll explore how networks work in general, covering such essential concepts as servers and clients, Ethernet, switches, and LANs. In the last two sections of the lesson, you'll examine two different models technicians have used to troubleshoot networks successfully: the OSI seven-layer model and the TCP/IP model.

Friday - Lesson 02

In this lesson, you'll learn about all kinds of network connections, such as cable types—coaxial, twisted-pair, and fiber—and wireless options. It should be fun and informative and carry you deeper into the CompTIA Network+ journey.  

Week 2

Wednesday - Lesson 03

Here in Lesson 3, we'll jump into network topologies and standards, exploring Ethernet in detail. You'll get a shorter look at some other standards that used to matter as well, including the star topology, so you won't be surprised by them on the CompTIA Network+ exam.  

Friday - Lesson 04

Network hardware enables networking devices—nodes—to connect together into a network. In Lesson 4, we'll cover all the major device types, such as switches, routers, and wireless access points, teaching how they function in modern networks.

Week 3

Wednesday - Lesson 05

Most modern networks use TCP/IP, so it's essential knowledge for competent techs. In Lesson 5, we'll delve into the protocol suite, discussing the many protocols included, how they work together, and what resources they require. We'll also discuss the addressing and naming conventions used in TCP/IP networks and how computers get named.

Friday - Lesson 06

In Lesson 6, we'll delve into interconnecting networks, such as the Internet. Routers are the primary tools used for the job, so we'll explore how they work and the routing protocols they use.

Week 4

Wednesday - Lesson 07

In Lesson 7, I'll explain the many sides of virtualization, a process of using software to handle jobs traditionally serviced with hardware. We'll cover VLANs and virtual computing, and I'll describe how complex networks use these technologies to accomplish specific goals.

Friday - Lesson 08

In Lesson 8, we'll examine the many forms of remote connectivity, ways to interconnect a local computer or network with distant computers. We'll discuss everything from older-style dial-up and T-1 lines to the latest satellite and fiber connections.

Week 5

Wednesday - Lesson 09

In this lesson, we'll discuss the many aspects of network security. We'll examine threats to your network, from social engineering to cracking encryption. Then we'll look at the many ways the good guys combat the bad guys through authentication and authorization standards and protocols.

Friday - Lesson 10

In Lesson 10, we'll start to put together everything you've learned so far in this course. You'll get the scoop on designing and implementing both wired and wireless SOHO networks. We'll also discuss specialized network devices and network configuration management.

Week 6

Wednesday - Lesson 11

In Lesson 11, we'll roll up our sleeves and plunge into network troubleshooting. We'll look first at the CompTIA Network+ troubleshooting model and then examine top network hardware faults. We'll finish the lesson with a discussion on network hardware tools.

Friday - Lesson 12

In this final lesson, we'll complete the network troubleshooting we began in Lesson 11, though this time we'll focus on software tools. You'll learn about essential network utilities to help you fix, maintain, and optimize your network.


Review

I am relatively new to this field and was surprised (and at first intimidated)to see people with many years of experience enrolled. However the class had something good for us all, be it updating or refreshing old skills or building brand new knowledge. Hats off to the instructor for a job well done. Thanks.

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