This course is intended for entry-level computer support professionals with a basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems to prepare for the CompTIA® Network+® (Exam N10-005), or who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of networking concepts and acquire the required skills to prepare for a career in network support or administration. A typical student taking up the CompTIA® Network+® (Exam N10-005) course should have a minimum of nine months or more of professional computer support experience as a PC or help desk technician. Networking experience is helpful but not mandatory; A+ certification or equivalent skills and knowledge is helpful but not mandatory.
The CompTIA® Network+® (Exam N10-005) course is designed to help you prepare for the N10-005 exam. Taking this course and using this student guide will help you prepare for the certification. You should also refer to the exam objectives to see how they map to the course content.
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Hardware and Software Requirements
This course requires one computer for each student, one computer for the instructor, and one computer to function as a classroom server. Each computer will need:
- 1.4 gigahertz (GHz) (single 64–bit) processor or 1.3 GHz (dual core) processor or above.
- 4 GB of RAM or greater.
- 320 GB of hard disk or larger.
- Super VGA (SVGA) or higher resolution monitor capable of a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels, at least 256-color display, and a video adapter with at least 64 MB of memory.
- A mouse or other pointing device.
- A DVD-ROM drive.
- Network adapter and cabling connecting each classroom computer.
- Network interface card and network cabling.
- A projection system for the instructor.
- Internet access.
- To support the activities in Lesson 3, the instructor should provide as many physical examples of different types of network media and connectors as possible.
- For the data backup activity in Lesson 14, the instructor needs to provide a blank floppy disk for each student, or use an alternative backup location (such as a removable jump drive or a folder on the hard disk).
- To support the activities in Lessons 3 and 15, the instructor should provide as many physical examples of hardware tools as possible.
- For the optional cable assembly activity in Lesson 15, the instructor will need to provide students with raw cable, the appropriate connectors, the appropriate crimping tool, a cable tester, and an optional eye loupe.
Each computer requires the following software:
- Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard Edition, with sufficient licenses.
- The Microsoft Network Monitor should be installed on the Instructor and Student machines. It is available at www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=983b941d-06cb-4658-b7f6-3088333d062f&displaylang=en. Copy the NM34_x64.exe file into the Tools folder that is created during the extraction of the course data files.
- Third-party security tool: SuperScan. It is available at www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/superscan.aspx. Copy the file into the Tools folder that is created during the extraction of the course data files.
At Course Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- identify the basic network theory concepts.
- identify the major network communications methods.
- describe network media and hardware components.
- identify the major types of network implementations.
- identify the components of a TCP/IP network implementation.
- identify TCP/IP addressing and data delivery methods.
- identify the major services deployed on TCP/IP networks.
- identify the components of a LAN implementation.
- identify the infrastructure of a WAN implementation.
- identify the components of a remote network implementation.
- identify the major issues and methods to secure systems on a network.
- identify the major issues and technologies in network security.
- identify network security threats and attacks.
- identify the tools, methods, and techniques used in managing a network.
- describe troubleshooting of issues on a network.
To ensure your success, you will need basic Windows end-user computer skills. To meet this prerequisite, you can take any one or more of the following Element K courses, or have equivalent experience:
- Introduction to Personal Computers: Using Windows XP
- Windows XP Professional: An Introduction
- Introduction to Personal Computers: Using Windows 7
- Microsoft® Windows® 7: Level 1
- Microsoft® Windows® 7: Level 2
In addition, we highly recommend that you hold the CompTIA A+ certification, or have equivalent skills and knowledge. You may want to take the following Element K course: CompTIA® A+® Certification: A Comprehensive Approach for All 2009 Exam Objectives ((Windows® 7)) (Comprehensive)