CompTIA® Network+ Certification Prep

Gain skills and confidence in your ability to build and service networks as you prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification. This course will teach you everything you need to take and successfully pass the CompTIA Network+ certification exam (N10-007).
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6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting  August 18, 2021
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This course will teach you everything you need to take and pass the CompTIA Network+ certification exam (N10-007). You will learn about the OSI seven-layer model, protocol suites, modern network operating systems, network hardware, cabling standards, remote connectivity, Internet connections, cloud computing, network security, network troubleshooting, and more.

What you will learn

  • The OSI seven-layer model to understand and troubleshoot networks
  • Network connections such as cable types and wireless
  • Explore the Ethernet in detail
  • How major device types function
  • How protocols work together and what resources they require
  • How routers create interconnecting networks
  • Internet security and the threats to your network
  • How to design and implement both wired and wireless SOHO networks
  • Network troubleshooting and top network hardware faults

How you will benefit

  • Discover how Comp TIA Network + can fit into a network tech career
  • Be prepared to pass the Comp TIA Network + certification exam

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led online course
  • 6 Weeks access
  • 24 course hours

In Lesson 1, you will examine the purpose of IT certifications, with specific emphasis on CompTIA Network+ and how it fits into the career of a network tech. You will 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 will examine two different models that technicians use to troubleshoot networks: the OSI seven-layer model and the TCP/IP model.

In this lesson, you will 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.

In Lesson 3, you will jump into network topologies and standards, exploring Ethernet in detail. You will 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.

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

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

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

Lesson 7 is about virtualization, a process of using software to handle jobs traditionally serviced with hardware. You will learn about VLANs and virtual computing and how complex networks use these technologies to accomplish specific goals.

In Lesson 8, you will examine the many forms of remote connectivity, ways to interconnect a local computer or network with distant computers. You will explore everything from older-style dial-up and T-1 lines to the latest satellite and fiber connections.

In this lesson, you will explore the many aspects of network security. You will examine threats to your network, from social engineering to cracking encryption. Then you will look at the many ways the good guys combat the bad guys through authentication and authorization standards and protocols.

In Lesson 10, you will start to put together everything you've learned so far in this course. You will get the scoop on designing and implementing both wired and wireless SOHO networks. You will also explore categories of requirements, unified communication, specialized network devices, and industrial control systems.

In Lesson 11, you will roll up your sleeves and plunge into network troubleshooting. You will look first at the CompTIA Network+ troubleshooting model and then examine top network hardware faults. You will explore network hardware tools and finish the lesson with a discussion on troubleshooting WAN issues.

In this final lesson, you will look at a variety of practical concerns in network management, including emergency procedures, safety, segmentation, and network configuration and monitoring.

Scott Jernigan, an A+ and Network+ Certified Technician, holds a Master of Arts degree in Medieval History. He teaches A+ Certification and PC hardware classes. He has taught at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, Lucent Technologies in Baltimore, MD, and at the United Nations in New York City. Jernigan has also edited numerous computer books, including the best-selling All in One A+ Certification Exam Guide and the Network+ Certification Exam Guide.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course. Proficiency with Windows and the CompTIA A+ certification is strongly recommended, but not required.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.