Course Description

Networking can be a complex topic, especially for those new to the IT field. This course introduces the essentials of networking, helping students gain a solid foundation for networking concepts needed for careers in information technology. Topics include data communications, telecommunications, LANs, WANs, network operating systems, wiring topologies, and communications protocols.

Course Outline

  • Network Functions and Standards
    • Standards Organizations
    • Internet Organizations
    • OSI Model Overview
    • TCP/IP Model
  • Local Signaling Media
    • Serial Cabling Specifications
    • Twisted-Pair Cabling Specifications
    • Fiber Optic Cabling Systems
    • Wireless Networking Systems
  • Ethernet
    • Ethernet Standards
    • Ethernet Version II Frame Structure
  • Switching
    • Switch Operation Overview
    • Switch Configuration
    • Spanning Tree Algorithm Overview
    • VLAN Overview
  • Logical Addressing
    • Binary Numbering
    • Dotted Decimal Notation
    • Logical Address Types
    • Class-Based Addressing
    • Reserved Addresses
    • Private Addresses
    • Network Masking
    • Classless Addressing
  • Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
    • ARP Process
    • ARP Cache
    • Gratuitous ARP
    • Proxy ARP
  • Network Layer Process
  • Subnetting
  • Routing
    • Static Links vs. Dynamic Routing
    • Routing Protocol Operation
  • WAN Overview
    • WAN Circuit-Switching
    • WAN Packet-Switching
  • Host-to-Host Handling
    • Process Identification
    • Connectionless Function
    • Connection-Based Functions
  • Supporting Processes
    • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
    • Domain Name System
    • ICMP Overview
  • NetBIOS and NetBEUI
    • NetBIOS Services
    • NetBIOS vs. NetBEUI
    • NetBIOS over TCP/IP
  • Wireless LANs
    • Wireless LAN Standards


There are no prerequisites for this course.


12 Hours | 2 Days or 4 Nights

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Networking Essentials
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5:30PM to 8:30PM
Feb 21, 2023 to Mar 02, 2023
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Rate non-credit $1,050.00
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