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CompTIA Network+ Crash Course

Get Ready to Crush the CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Exam

Kevin Wallace

CompTIA’s Network+ certification is one of the most popular certifications in the IT industry. Attainment of this certification not only lets hiring managers know that you’re comfortable working with modern networks, but it also enhances and updates your current skill set.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • Discuss fundamental networking concepts (e.g. devices, protocols, wide area network (WAN) technologies, and cabling).
  • Understand local area network (LAN) technologies such as: VLANs, trunking, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), and wireless LANs.
  • Explain network addressing and routing including: IPv4, IPv6, RIP, OSPF, EIGRP, BGP, and route redistribution.
  • Learn advanced networking concepts (e.g. unified communications, virtualized devices, and network security).
  • Discuss network maintenance and monitoring best practices, including: Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), wireless monitoring, power management, disaster recovery, and CompTIA’s 7-step troubleshooting framework.
  • Master strategies for preparing for an IT certification exam and for mentally preparing for the exam.

This training course is for you because...

  • This training prepares certification candidates for CompTIA’s Network+ (N10-007) exam.
  • This training equips network professionals with the fundamental skills required to work with modern network technologies.

Prerequisites

  • Since this is an introductory-level course in networking, the only prerequisites are a basic knowledge of what a network is and a desire to learn more.

Materials, downloads, or Supplemental Content needed in advance

  • This training covers the core topics in the Network+ curriculum. To round out the remaining topics in the curriculum, attendees will be required to view assigned sections of the CompTIA Network+ Complete Video Course, available on Safari.
  • Although not required, attendees will benefit by working through the exercises available in Pearson’s Network+ Lab Simulator, available at http://bit.ly/netplussim

Resources

  • If an attendee works with Cisco gear, they could benefit from viewing the CCNA Routing and Switching (200-125) Complete Video Course (available on Safari here: https://sunburn.in/?page=library/view/ccna-routing-and/9780134580715/), because many of the topics overlap with this live training.

Common Misunderstandings

  • Many network professionals are intimidated by certification exams. However, this training not only gives you the knowledge to be successful on your exam, but it also includes a module on exam preparation strategies and best practices to follow on the day of your exam.

About your instructor

  • Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 No. 7945 (Collaboration and Route/Switch), is a Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI No. 20061), and he has earned multiple Cisco professional and associate-level certifications in the Route/Switch, Collaboration, Security, Design, and Data Center tracks. With Cisco experience dating back to 1989, Kevin has been a Network Design Specialist for the Walt Disney World Resort, an instructor of Cisco courses for Cisco Learning Partners (CLPs), and a Network Manager for Eastern Kentucky University. Currently, Kevin produces video courses and writes books for Cisco Press/Pearson IT Certification (http://kwtrain.com/books). Also, he owns and operates Kevin Wallace Training, LLC (http://kwtrain.com), a provider of self-paced training materials that simplify networking topics. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, and he lives in central Kentucky with his wife (Vivian) and two daughters (Sabrina and Stacie).

Schedule

The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Segment 1: Protocols and Reference Models (30 Minutes)

  • Instructor will discuss network ports, protocols, protocol data units (PDUs), and the maximum transmission unit (MTU).

Segment 2: Network Devices (30 Minutes)

  • Attendees will understand the purpose and operation of multiple network devices.

Segment 3: Network Topologies and Categories (30 Minutes)

  • Instructor will provide examples of multiple network topologies and network types.

Segment 4: Network Services (60 Minutes)

  • Attendees will understand the purpose and operation of VPNs, DHCP, NAT, SDN, and the IoT.

Segment 5: WAN Technologies (40 Minutes)

  • Instructor will contrast various WAN technologies, including: DSL, Cable, PPP, PPPoE, Leased Lines, MPLS, and Metro-Ethernet.

Segment 6: Cables and Connectors (30 Minutes)

  • Attendees will be able to select appropriate cabling for a given design scenario.

Segment 7: Ethernet Switches (90 Minutes)

  • Instructor will explain the operation of VLANs, Trunks, and Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).

Segment 8: Network Addressing (90 Minutes)

  • Instructor will describe three types of network addresses (i.e. MAC addresses, IPv4 addresses, and IPv6 addresses).
  • Attendees will be able to perform subnet calculations to achieve given network design goals.

Segment 9: Routing (30 Minutes)

  • Instructor will contrast various routing protocols, including: RIP, OSPF, EIGRP, and BGP.

Segment 10: Unified Communications (40 Minutes)

  • Attendees will understand the requirements of sending voice and video over an IP network.

Segment 11: Virtualization (30 Minutes)

  • Instructor describes the benefit and provides an example of virtualization.
  • Attendees will be able to describe Storage Area Network (SAN) and Cloud technologies.

Segment 12: Network Security (30 Minutes)

  • Instructor will identify common network threats.
  • Attendees will be able to describe approaches to combat common network threats.

Segment 13: Network Monitoring and Management (20 Minutes)

  • Instructor will identify multiple tools and protocols for monitoring network devices.

Segment 14: Network Best-Practices (20 Minutes)

  • Attendees will learn best practices for managing their network’s wiring and power, and have an understanding of disaster recovery options.

Segment 15: Network Troubleshooting (40 Minutes)

  • Attendees will learn CompTIA’s 7-step framework for troubleshooting any network issue.
  • Instructor will demonstrate multiple command line interface (CLI) troubleshooting utilities.

Segment 16: Final Preparation (20 Minutes)

  • Instructor will explain the procedure of registering for the Network+ certification exam.
  • Attendees will be equipped with study strategies and a collection of best practice recommendations for their exam day.