George Mason University
What you will learn
- Compare common network types, topologies, and architectures
- Characteristics and uses of networking hardware and tools
- How to install and configure wired and wireless networks
- TCP/IP functionality and protocols
- IP addressing concepts, including subnetting and VLANs
- Cloud computing, virtualization, and remote access systems and methods
- Tools and practices for monitoring network performance and health
- Network safety and security threats and how to mitigate them
- Explain how to troubleshoot and recover from network problems
- Identify the purposes of network policies and documentation
How you will benefit
- Course is aligned to the CompTIA Network+
- Optional hands-on learning activities with simulations and live virtual machine labs
- Opportunity to practice on multiple-choice questions to prepare you for your Network+ certification exam
How the course is taught
- Self-paced, online course
- 6 Months to complete
- Open enrollment, begin anytime
- 110 course hours
- Introduction to CompTIA
- Introduction to Networking
- Infrastructure and Documentation
- Wireless Networking
- Network Architecture
- Wide Area Networking
- Risk Management
- Security in Network Design
- Performance and Recovery
- Final Exam
Linda Matthews has years of experience both in the classroom teaching technical material and, in the field, solving a myriad of technical issues.
Linda possesses the background to engage deeply with cybersecurity through teaching and intellectual focus. For the past eight years, she has lived with this vast and fascinating body of knowledge. Now, she regularly trains individuals in several of the most popular security courses from CompTIA and Microsoft.
Linda has a strong love for teaching and igniting the spark that can set students on a most worthwhile and fulfilling path.
Sara Perrott has been working in the information technology field for 20+ years and has devoted the last 10 of those to focusing on cybersecurity. She is a published author and a former college professor, and she is passionate about teaching the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Sara has a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from Western Governors University Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Security from the University of Phoenix.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
To complete the Network+ certification exam:
CompTIA recommends obtaining the CompTIA A+ Certification and a minimum of 9 to 12 months of hands-on experience working in a junior network administrator/network support technician job role.
- This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
- Labs included in this program are not supported on mobile devices (i.e., phones and tablets).
- Please note that a Windows environment is required to complete some course assignments.
- A motherboard capable of client-side virtualization:
- A 64-bit CPU
- UEFI firmware
- Hardware virtualization support in UEFI
- PC: Windows 10 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Chromebook 113 or later
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Microsoft Word. To complete your assignments, you may need Microsoft Word 2003 or higher, or an equivalent word-processing program, such as OpenOffice, which is available to download for free.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. (Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.)
- Access to copper Ethernet cable-making tools and equipment:
- RJ-45 connectors
- A crimping tool
- Cat5, Cat5e, or Cat6 cable to practice on
- A reliable high-speed Internet connection
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following digital textbook for this course is accessed via links in the course lessons:
- CompTIA Network+ Guide to Networks, 9th Edition (eBook)
The average CompTIA Network+ salary is $91,460 annually, according to ZipRecruiter, which equates to approximately $44.00 an hour.
According to LightCast, $61,600 is the average salary across all jobs requiring Network+ qualification. CompTIA notes that a network system analyst can earn $92,740 annually, followed by a network administrator at $86,340 annually, and a network support specialist at $67,510.
CompTIA Network+ annual salaries can reach as high as $144,000 and as low as $28,500. Still, the majority of Network+ salaries currently range between $52,000 (25th percentile) to $90,000 (75th percentile), with top earners (90th percentile) making $123,000 annually across the U.S. Pay is based on skill level, location, and years of experience.
After obtaining your CompTIA Network+ certification, you are qualified for jobs such as a network administrator, IT consultant, network field engineer, computer technician, help desk technician, system engineer, network support specialist, and network analyst.
The CompTIA Network+ certification is a vendor-neutral program that equips IT professionals to work with different types of networks rather than just one vendor's solution. This certification covers both wired and wireless networks, making it unique in the IT certification market. By studying for and passing the Network+ exam, you will acquire skills in networking concepts such as network protocols, passive optical networks, network attenuation, network address translation, and ad hoc networks, which will make you more desirable to hiring managers. Earning this certification will prepare you for an entry-level IT job with a competitive salary and enhance your résumé.
The CompTIA Network+ certification is an entry-level certification that is widely recognized by the information technology industry. It is vendor-neutral, which means that technicians who achieve this certification are prepared to work in IT infrastructure. They gain essential networking knowledge and skills that are necessary for their roles.
According to CompTIA, those who earn the Network+ certification demonstrate they possess network troubleshooting, network cabling, configuration, subnetting, and network operation skills. Furthermore, they understand emerging technologies, such as those related to virtualization and the cloud.
The CompTIA Network+ exam voucher price is $358.00. With your enrollment in this course, you will receive an exam voucher for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.
Yes. Once you complete your online coursework, you can move forward to take the certification exam. CompTIA certification testing is administered by third-party vendors such as Prometric and Virtual University Enterprises (VUE), two leading providers of technology-based testing. Both offer a network of computer-based testing centers with thousands of locations worldwide. Proctor fees are not included as part of this course.
The CompTIA Certification exams typically update every few years. Please check with an Enrollment Representative to confirm the version listed in the description is current or if a new version is upcoming.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
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The majority of labs can be done using the online lab system. A lab scheduling link is included.
Learning networking at home is easy when you enroll in an online course like those offered by ed2go. With a virtual interactive lab environment and one-on-one interaction with your instructor, our complete online training is a great way to fit networking classes into your busy schedule.