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Computer and Network Administration

Network Fundamentals

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  • Overview

    In this training course, you will configure a workstation to connect to a network, use a network sniffer to analyze network traffic, examine switch and router configurations, implement basic IPv4 addressing and subnetting, and explore network security solutions. You will gain an understanding of basic network functions, standards, and protocols.

  • Who Should Take This Course


    • Students should also have a basic understanding of operating a PC.
  • Why You Should Take This Course

    Upon completing the course, students will be able to meet the following objectives:

    • Know the role of networking models.
    • Discuss different network topologies.
    • Discuss the use and installation of different network media.
    • Ethernet
    • Physical vs. Logical addresses.
    • IPv4 and IPv6 addressing, private and public addresses, and subnetting.
    • Configure a workstation to properly connect to the network.
    • Discuss the operation of basic network hardware, (hub, switch, router, and firewall).
    • Understand common TCP/IP protocols, (UDP, TCP, ARP, DNS, and DHCP).
    • Analyze network traffic with a network sniffer.
    • Configure a wireless network.
    • Explore WAN Technologies
    • Understand network security threats, attacks, and countermeasures
  • Schedule
  • Course Outline

    Day 1

    Lesson 1: Intro to Networking

    Topic 1A: Goals and History of Networking
    Topic 1B: Governing Bodies / RFCs
    Topic 1C: Networking Terms
    Topic 1D: Network Topologies

    Lesson 2: Networking Models

    Topic 2A: OSI Model
    Topic 2B: TCP/IP Model

    Lesson 3: Network Media

    Topic 3A: Wired Media (Copper-Based Cables, Fiber Optic)
    Topic 3B: Connector Types
    Topic 3C: Wireless (Infrared, NFC, Bluetooth, WIFI, Cellular, Satellite)
    Topic 3D: Cabling Tools

    Lesson 4: Ethernet

    Topic 4A: Ethernet Standards
    Topic 4B: Ethernet Frame Structures
    Topic 4C: Ethernet Equipment Types, Connectors, and Ethernet Performance Issues

    Lesson 5: Physical Addressing

    Topic 5A: MAC Addresses
    Topic 5B: ARP
    Topic 5C: Local Node Data Delivery

    Day 2

    Lesson 6: Switches

    Topic 6A: Benefits of Switching
    Topic 6B: Switch Installations and Operations Overview
    Topic 6C: Switch Loop Problems
    Topic 6D: Spanning Tree Protocol Overview
    Topic 6E: Configuring Switches
    Topic 6F: VLAN Overview
    Topic 6G: Link Aggregation
    Topic 6H: Troubleshooting

    Lesson 7: Logical Addressing

    Topic 7A: IPv4 Protocol
    Topic 7B: IP Header Fields
    Topic 7C: IP Addressing
    Topic 7D: Subnetting, VLSM, CIDR notation
    Topic 7E: IPv6

    Lesson 8: Routing

    Topic 8A: Logical Segmentation
    Topic 8B: Static vs. Dynamic Routing
    Topic 8C: Routing Decision Process
    Topic 8D: Route Protocol Operation
    Topic 8E: Common Routing Protocols
    Topic 8F: Configuring Routers

    Lesson 9: Wireless Networks

    Topic 9A: WLAN Standards: IEEE & Wi-Fi Alliance
    Topic 9B: WLAN Components
    Topic 9C: SSID
    Topic 9D: Wi-Fi Channels and Speeds
    Topic 9E: WLAN Security and Performance Issues

    Day 3

    Lesson 10: TCP/IP Protocols

    Topic 10A: HTTP, HTTPS
    Topic 10B: TELNET, SSH
    Topic 10C: SMTP, POP, IMAP
    Topic 10D: SIP, RTP
    Topic 10E: TCP, UDP
    Topic 10F: ICMP, IGMP, SNMP, NetBIOS

    Lesson 11: Wide Area Networking

    Topic 11A: Evolution of WAN Technologies
    Topic 11B: Sources of WAN Solutions
    Topic 11C: Circuit Switched vs. Packet Switched WAN Solutions
    Topic 11D: Internet WANs

    Lesson 12: Network Security

    Topic 12A: Network Threats
    Topic 12B: Network-based attacks
    Topic 12C: Controls and countermeasures

  • FAQs
    Is there a discount available for current students?

    UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Online courses are excluded from this offer.

    What is the cancellation and refund policy?

    Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

    What else is included in this class?

    A year-long neXT membership which includes 365 days of…

    • Access to exclusive webinars and neXTpertise mentoring sessions covering content in and out of class
      • Sessions include exam prep, delta sessions, hot topics, version upgrades, etc
    • Discussion boards to interact with instructors and other members
    • Customized learning paths built to get you to your end goal
      • Learning paths include vidoes, blogs, quizzes, exam prep, and more

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