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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 Outline

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).

Target Student: 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.

Delivery Method: Instructor led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.

  Performance-Based Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • identify the basic components of network theory.
  • identify the major network communications methods.
  • identify network data delivery methods.
  • list and describe network media and hardware components.
  • identify the major types of network implementations.
  • identify the components of a TCP/IP network implementation.
  • identify the major services deployed on TCP/IP networks.
  • identify the components of a LAN implementation.
  • identify the components of a WAN implementation.
  • identify major issues and technologies in network security.
  • identify the components of a remote network implementation.
  • identify major issues and technologies in disaster recovery.
  • identify major data storage technologies and implementations.
  • identify the primary network operating systems.
  • explore tools, methods, and techniques used in managing a network.
  • describe how to troubleshoot network issues.
  Course Content


Lesson 1: Network Theory

Topic 1A: Networking Terminology

Topic 1B: Network Building Blocks

Topic 1C: Standard Network Models

Topic 1D: Physical Network Topologies

Topic 1E: Logical Network Topologies

Topic 1F: Network Categories


Lesson 2: Network Communications Methods

Topic 2A: Transmission Methods

Topic 2B: Media Access Methods

Topic 2C: Signaling Methods


Lesson 3: Network Data Delivery

Topic 3A: Data Addressing and Delivery

Topic 3B: Delivery Techniques


Lesson 4: Network Media and Hardware

Topic 4A: Bounded Network Media

Topic 4B: Unbounded Network Media

Topic 4C: Noise Control

Topic 4D: Network Connectivity Devices

Topic 4E: Wiring Distribution Components


Lesson 5: Network Implementations

Topic 5A: The OSI Model

Topic 5B: Ethernet Networks

Topic 5C: Token Ring Networks

Topic 5D: Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) Networks

Topic 5E: Wireless Technologies and Standards


Lesson 6: Networking with TCP/IP

Topic 6A: Families of Protocols

Topic 6B: The TCP/IP Protocol

Topic 6C: IP Address Basics

Topic 6D: Custom IP Addresses

Topic 6E: The IP Version 6 Protocol

Topic 6F: The TCP/IP Protocol Suite


Lesson 7: TCP/IP Services

Topic 7A: IP Address Assignment Methods

Topic 7B: Host Name Resolution

Topic 7C: TCP/IP Utilities

Topic 7D: TCP/IP Upper-Layer Services

Topic 7E: TCP/IP Interoperability Services


Lesson 8: Local Area Network Infrastructure

Topic 8A: Bridges and Switches

Topic 8B: IP Routing

Topic 8C: Static IP Routing

Topic 8D: Dynamic IP Routing

Topic 8E: Control Data Movement with Filters and VLANs


Lesson 9: WAN Infrastructure

Topic 9A: WAN Switching Technologies

Topic 9B: WAN Transmission Technologies

Topic 9C: WAN Connectivity Methods

Topic 9D: Voice Over Data Systems


Lesson 10: Network Security

Topic 10A: Computer Security Basics

Topic 10B: Authentication

Topic 10C: Data Encryption

Topic 10D: Protect Network Traffic with IP Security (IPsec)

Topic 10E: Internet Security

Topic 10F: Local Security

Topic 10G: Common Threats

Topic 10H: Threat Mitigation Techniques

Topic 10I: Intrusion Detection and Prevention

Topic 10J: Educate Users


Lesson 11: Remote Networking

Topic 11A: Remote Network Architectures

Topic 11B: Remote Access Networking Implementations

Topic 11C: Virtual Private Networking

Topic 11D: Remote Control Computing


Lesson 12: Disaster Recovery

Topic 12A: Examine Configuration Management Documentation

Topic 12B: Plan for Disaster Recovery

Topic 12C: Fault Tolerance Methods

Topic 12D: Data Backup


Lesson 13: Network Data Storage

Topic 13A: Enterprise Data Storage

Topic 13B: Network-Attached Storage (NAS)

Topic 13C: Storage Area Network (SAN) Implementations

Topic 13D: Clustering


Lesson 14: Network Operating Systems

Topic 14A: UNIX and Linux Operating Systems

Topic 14B: Apple Mac OS X

Topic 14C: Microsoft Operating Systems

Topic 14D: Novell Open Enterprise Server


Lesson 15: Network Management

Topic 15A: Monitoring Tools

Topic 15B: Network Baselining

Topic 15C: Network Optimization


Lesson 16: Network Troubleshooting

Topic 16A: Troubleshooting Models

Topic 16B: TCP/IP Troubleshooting Utilities

Topic 16C: Hardware Troubleshooting Tools

Topic 16D: Common Connectivity Issues

 Appendix A: Mapping Network+ Course Content to the CompTIA Network+ Exam Objectives

 Appendix B: Additional IP Addressing and Subnetting Practice

 Appendix C: CompTIA Network+ Acronyms
Prerequisites & Certificates

Basic Windows skills and a fundamental understanding of computer concepts are required. CompTIA A+ certification, or the equivalent skills and knowledge, is helpful but not required.

Certificates offered

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Student cancellations and/or rescheduling of public courses made within TEN (10) business days or less of the course start date will be charged at 100% of the full value.
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