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Computer and Network Administration

Understanding Network Fundamentals

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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 have a basic understanding of operating a PC.

Why You Should Take This Course

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • 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.
Course Outline

1. Intro to Networking

a. Goals and History of Networking

b. Governing Bodies / RFCs

c. Networking Terms

d. Network Topologies

2. Networking Models

a. OSI Model

b. TCP/IP Model

3. Network Media

a. Wired Media (Copper-Based Cables, Fiber Optic)

b. Connector Types

c. Wireless (Infrared, NFC, Bluetooth, WIFI, Cellular, Satellite)

d. Cabling Tools

4. Ethernet

a. Ethernet Standards

b. Ethernet Frame Structures

c. Ethernet Equipment Types, Connectors, and Ethernet Performance Issues

5. Physical Addressing

a. MAC Addresses

b. ARP

c. Local Node Data Delivery

6. Switches

a. Benefits of Switching

b. Switch Installations and Operations Overview

c. Switch Loop Problems

d. Spanning Tree Protocol Overview

e. Configuring Switches

f. VLAN Overview

g. Link Aggregation

h. Troubleshooting

7. Logical Addressing

a. IPv4 Protocol

b. IP Header Fields

c. IP Addressing

d. Subnetting, VLSM, CIDR notation

e. IPv6

8. Routing

a. Logical Segmentation

b. Static vs. Dynamic Routing

c. Routing Decision Process

d. Route Protocol Operation

e. Common Routing Protocols

f. Configuring Routers

9. Wireless Networks

a. WLAN Standards: IEEE & Wi-Fi Alliance

b. WLAN Components


d. Wi-Fi Channels and Speeds

e. WLAN Security and Performance Issues

10. TCP/IP Protocols







11. Wide Area Networking

a. Evolution of WAN Technologies

b. Sources of WAN Solutions

c. Circuit Switched vs. Packet Switched WAN Solutions

d. Internet WANs

12. Network Security

a. Network Threats

b. Network-based attacks

c. Controls and countermeasures

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.

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