About the Course
The Network curriculum is precisely aligned to CompTIA’s Network+ curriculum. The primary goal of this curriculum is getting students certification ready. This course is the immediate follow up course to IT Fundamentals. The course will start with a general overview of how a network works by analyzing the different network layers and protocols in each layer. There will be an emphasis on both security and implementation. Students will learn about the various network topologies and the physical devices (cables, routers, switches) that make up these networks. Additionally, wireless networks and cloud computing are also analyzed. Finally, there will be some hands–on projects involving network installations.
We examine the 7 layers of the OSI network model and take a deeper dive into the functionalities of each layer.
Students will install the Cisco Packet Tracer on their computers so that they can simulate network traffic without needing specialized networking equipment.
OSI Model Hardware Components
Students will explore the core hardware of a network including routers, switches, hubs, and ethernet cables and examine their characteristics.
The IP Address
Students will study the various versions of the IP address and the role it plays in the digital world.
Network layout and topology take center stage as students examine what type of network topology configuration is suited for various situations.
Students explore various media and network connectors. In particular, we pay attention to their speeds.
Students will use Cisco Packet Tracer to deploy various environments and then observe network traffic.
Students will study various routing protocols and algorithms that are used to carry traffic from one end to another in a network.
The main focus is to examine quality of service issues within a network. Students will draft a plan of action to respond to connectivity issues within a network.
Students will look at various software issues with networking such as DNS issues, switching loops, and bad port numbers.
Students will use tools such as Wireshark and to examine and log network activity.
Students will look at proper Wi-Fi configurations and examine how to set up secure Wi-Fi connections.
Students will examine large numbers of protocols from TCP/IP, SMTP, FTP, and others. Students are expected to know the most essential protocols of the Internet.
We examine how to set up various networking devices such as network printers, scanners, and other devices.
We help students prepare for the CompTIA Network+ exam.
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