networking-essentials-4e-complete : Pearson: Networking Essentials, 4/E (Course & Lab)

Pearson: Networking Essentials, 4/E (Course & Lab)
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Networking Essentials: Fourth Edition

Getting Started

Introduction to Computer Networks

  • Downloading a graphics card driver for Windows 7
  • Identifying the network topology
  • Identifying network topologies
  • Identifying a network topology
  • Identifying OSI layer functions
  • Identifying connectionless communication
  • Describing OSI layers
  • Identifying application layer protocols
  • Identifying OSI layers
  • Identifying the topology
  • Connecting cable internet access for your network
  • Connecting a new workstation to the Internet
  • Installing a NIC
  • Determining reference point maximum distances
  • Identifying internetworking devices
  • Connecting a wireless router to the laptop
  • Identifying the network device
  • Creating a network manually
  • Identifying devices used in an internetwork
  • Identifying internetworking devices
  • Identifying network infrastructure devices
  • Replacing a faulty NIC
  • Identifying NICs
  • Identifying network devices
  • Connecting a workstation to the LAN and configuring IPv4 properties
  • Assembling components to complete the workstation
  • Preparing a temporary server for the network/Internet connection
  • Identifying types of cable

Physical Layer Cabling: Twisted Pair

  • Connecting patch cables between the patch panel and switch ports
  • Terminating a cable with an RJ-45 plug

Physical Layer Cabling: Fiber Optics

  • Identifying types of cable
  • Identifying fiber connectors
  • Identifying components of an optical fiber
  • Identifying common fiber optic connectors
  • Identifying the device for Ethernet segment communication
  • Identifying Ethernet standards
  • Identifying Fast Ethernet standards

Wireless Networking

  • Identifying 802.11 standards
  • Understanding wireless technology
  • Connecting a system to a wireless network
  • Adding counters in the Performance Monitor
  • Identifying wireless acronyms
  • Identifying wireless protocols
  • Configuring a wireless client

Interconnecting the LANs

  • Using a switch to interconnect the networking devices
  • Connecting a hub to a switch
  • Identifying components of a Cisco 2800 series router
  • Identifying network symbols
  • Identifying data transmission type


  • Identifying TCP/IP protocol layers
  • Identifying TCP/IP layers
  • Identifying TCP utilities
  • Identifying FTP commands
  • Identifying abbreviations for various Internet layer protocols
  • Identifying TCP/IP troubleshooting tools
  • View a TCP connection using Network Monitor
  • Identifying protocols
  • Configuring a Local Area Connection's TCP/IP Version 4 properties
  • Identifying IPv4 protocol
  • Identifying Internet protocols and their standards

Introduction to Router Configuration

  • Viewing driver details and the install date of a keyboard

Introduction to Switch Configuration

  • Avoiding redundant paths within ports
  • Configuring monitoring tools
  • Connecting a workstation to the Ethernet and to the Internet

Routing Protocols

  • Identifying Interior Gateway Protocols (IGPs)
  • Configuring Windows Update Services

Internet Technologies: Out to the Internet

  • Checking system performance
  • Identifying networking components
  • Identifying WAN bandwidth features
  • Identifying T-carrier line transmission speeds
  • Identifying client and server
  • Creating a dial-up connection
  • Checking properties of and deleting a dial-up connection
  • Identifying the network types
  • Connecting computers and a printer to the Internet
  • Identifying remote access methods
  • Identifying the POTS terms
  • Identifying speed of bandwidth technologies
  • Identifying DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) variations
  • Connecting computers on a SOHO network to the Internet
  • Configuring a DHCP role in Server 2012
  • Installing Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012
  • Configuring Windows logs
  • Configuring a DHCP role with error notification
  • Identifying network protocol features


  • Identifying uses of a network analyzer
  • Troubleshooting errors occurring on a server
  • Troubleshooting a network problem
  • Diagnosing a network problem

Network Security

  • Identifying network and mail protocols
  • Identifying strategies for password protection
  • Identifying the steps of IP address spoofing
  • Identifying types of attacks
  • Identifying types of Denial of Service attacks
  • Connecting systems to the Internet through a router
  • Identifying network device log information
  • Installing the AVG antivirus and scanning a drive
  • Learning about Cisco IOS firewall
  • Learning about Cisco Intrusion Prevention System
  • Identifying a back-to-back firewall
  • Identifying firewall techniques
  • Identifying hardware firewall features
  • Examining advanced Windows Firewall settings
  • Identifying VPN protocols
  • Providing a remote connection to a server on a client computer
  • Identifying network security threats
  • Identifying security-threats
  • Identifying the diameter protocol features
  • Comparing authentication systems
  • Identifying encryption methods
  • Evaluating security practices
  • Configuring a new server
  • Configuring a client system to get event logs

Cloud Computing and Virtualization

  • Identifying cloud computing categories

Codes and Standards

  • Learning about change management software

Appendix A: Network+ Exam Supplement

Exam Information

CompTIA Network+ is a globally recognized, foundational-level credential designed for IT professionals, IT network practitioners. CompTIA Network+ exam contains topics that are mostly generic and can apply to networking equipment regardless of vendor. The Network+ exam was designed to test the skills of network technicians with 18 to 24 months of experience in the field. It tests areas of networking technologies such as the definition of a protocol, the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model and its layers, and the concepts of network design and implementation.

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Career Prospects


  • IT Cable Installer
  • Network Installer
  • Network Technician
  • Helpdesk Technician
  • Network Administrator
Exam FAQs
What is the exam registration fee?
USD 277

Pricing and taxes may vary from country to country.

What is the format of the exam?
Multiple choice and Performance-based questions.
How many questions are asked in the exam?
The exam contains 90 questions questions.
What is the duration of the exam?
90 minutes
What is the passing score?
720 (On a scale of 900)
What is the exam's retake policy?

Network+ examination, CompTIA's retake policy is:

  • CompTIA does not require a waiting period between the first and second attempt to pass such examination. However, if you need a third or subsequent attempt to pass the examination, you shall be required to wait for a period of at least fourteen calendar days from the date of your last attempt before you can retake the exam.
  • If a candidate has passed an exam, he/she cannot take it again without prior consent from CompTIA.
  • A test result found to be in violation of the retake policy will not be processed, which will result in no credit awarded for the test taken. Repeat violators will be banned from participation in the CompTIA Certification Program.
  • Candidates must pay the exam price each time they attempt the exam. CompTIA does not offer free re-tests or discounts on retakes.

Table of Content

Here's What you will Learn

Lesson 1: Networking Essentials: Fourth Edition

Lesson 2: Getting Started

  • Organization of the Text

Lesson 3: Introduction to Computer Networks

  • Introduction
  • Network Topologies
  • The OSI Model
  • The Ethernet LAN
  • Home Networking
  • Assembling an Office LAN
  • Testing and Troubleshooting A LAN
  • Summary

Lesson 4: Physical Layer Cabling: Twisted Pair

  • Introduction
  • Structured Cabling
  • Unshielded Twisted-Pair Cable
  • Terminating CAT6/5E/5 UTP Cables
  • Cable Testing and Certification
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet Over Copper
  • Troubleshooting Cabling Systems
  • Summary

Lesson 5: Physical Layer Cabling: Fiber Optics

  • Introduction
  • The Nature of Light
  • Fiber Attenuation and Dispersion
  • Optical Components
  • Optical Networking
  • Safety
  • Summary

Lesson 6: Wireless Networking

  • Introduction
  • The IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Standard
  • 802.11 Wireless Networking
  • Bluetooth, WiMAX, RFID, and Mobile Communications
  • Securing Wireless LANs
  • Configuring a Point-To-Multipoint Wireless LAN: A Case Study
  • Summary

Lesson 7: Interconnecting the LANs

  • Introduction
  • The Network Bridge
  • The Network Switch
  • The Router
  • Interconnecting LANs with the Router
  • Configuring the Network Interface—Auto-Negotiation
  • Summary

Lesson 8: TCP/IP

  • Introduction
  • The TCP/IP Layers
  • Number Conversion
  • IPv4 Addressing
  • Subnet Masks
  • CIDR Blocks
  • IPv6 Addressing
  • Summary

Lesson 9: Introduction to Router Configuration

  • Introduction
  • Router Fundamentals
  • The Console Port Connection
  • The Router's User Exec Mode (Router>)
  • The Router's Privileged Exec Mode (Router#)
  • Summary

Lesson 10: Introduction to Switch Configuration

  • Introduction
  • Introduction to VLANs
  • Introduction to Switch Configuration
  • Spanning-Tree Protocol
  • Network Management
  • Power over Ethernet
  • Summary

Lesson 11: Routing Protocols

  • Introduction
  • Static Routing
  • Dynamic Routing Protocols
  • Distance Vector Protocols
  • Configuring RIP And RIPv2
  • Link State Protocols
  • Configuring the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Routing Protocol
  • Hybrid Protocols: Configuring the Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
  • Summary

Lesson 12: Internet Technologies: Out to the Internet

  • Introduction
  • The Line Connection
  • Remote Access
  • Metro Ethernet/Carrier Ethernet
  • Network Services—DHCP and DNS
  • Internet Routing—BGP
  • Analyzing Internet Data Traffic
  • Summary

Lesson 13: Troubleshooting

  • Introduction
  • Analyzing Computer Networks
  • Analyzing Computer Networks—FTP Data Packets
  • Analyzing Campus Network Data Traffic
  • Troubleshooting the Router Interface
  • Troubleshooting the Switch Interface
  • Troubleshooting Fiber Optics—The OTDR
  • Troubleshooting Wireless Networks
  • Summary

Lesson 14: Network Security

  • Introduction
  • Intrusion (How an attacker gains Control of a Network)
  • Denial of Service
  • Security Software and Hardware
  • Introduction to Virtual Private Network
  • Wireless Security
  • Summary

Lesson 15: Cloud Computing and Virtualization

  • Introduction
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud Computing
  • Summary

Lesson 16: Codes and Standards

  • Introduction
  • Safety Standards and Codes
  • Industry Regulatory Compliance
  • Business Policies and Procedures
  • Summary

Lesson 17: Appendix A: Network+ Exam Supplement

  • 1.0 Network Architecture
  • 2.0 Network Operations
  • 3.0 Network Security
  • 4.0 Troubleshooting
  • 5.0 Industry standards, practices, and network theory

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