Network+ Certification Prep Course
5-day training seminar, $3095


This hands-on Network+ training course is designed to enhance your networking skills and knowledge while preparing for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. CompTIA's Network+ certification is the premier vendor-neutral networking certification. This course consists of CompTIA Authorized Quality Curriculum (CAQC) to ensure all test objectives are met by the training material used.

During the training an unofficail exam will be conducted to test and reinforce participant's knowledge. Instructor led training will be followed by labs using multi-vendor equipment from Cisco, Juniper, SMC and others to reinforce essential networking skills gained during the course. In addition to preparing participants for Network+ certification exam, this network training course also complies with Department of Defense Directive 8570.1

This network training course leads to Network+ certification and includes:

  • CompTIA Press Network+ Student Manual
  • Network+ assessment test questions
  • Comprehension exercises and study digest
  • Network+ Study Guide
  • Network+ exam voucher

What You Will Learn

  • How to prepare for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam
  • Practice exam questions
  • Basic components and characteristics of a network
  • Host-to-network and network-to-network connections
  • LAN wiring components and conventions
  • Differentiate between wired networking devices
  • How to configure your workstation, switch, and router
  • TCP/IP communications protocols basics
  • Practical overview of IP subnetting and how it works
  • Wireless networking components
  • Common security threats and mitigation techniques
  • Securing systems and network devices
  • Controlling access to the network
  • Monitoring network resources
  • Troubleshooting the network

Who Should Participate

IT professionals who need a solid foundation in networking and individuals interested in pursuing CompTIA's Network+ certification.


1. Network Basics

  • Network concepts
    • Networking models
    • Local area network
    • Basic network types
    • Peer-to-peer model
    • Client/server model
    • Segments and backbones
    • Network wiring
    • Fiber optic
    • Twisted pair
    • Coaxial
    • Serial
    • Duplex
    • Wireless LAN
    • Network protocols
  • Network architectures
    • Network designs
    • Point-to-point vs. point-to-multipoint
    • Packet vs. circuit-switching networks
    • Ethernet
    • Ethernet networks
    • Token Ring networks
    • Wireless LANs
    • WAN bandwidth technologies
    • WAN mesh topology
  • The OSI model
    • The OSI model applied to local area networking

2. Wired Computer-To-Computer Connections

  • Wired network connections
    • Fiber optic wired connections
    • Twisted pair connections
    • Terminating CATx-to-RJ-45 connectors
    • Coaxial connections
    • Terminating coax-to-BNC connectors
    • Plenum wiring
  • Network interface cards and modems
    • Computer network connection
    • NIC selection
    • Addressing
    • MAC addresses
    • IP addresses
    • Character-based names
    • Domain Name System
    • NetBIOS
    • Port addresses
    • Modems
    • Riser cards
    • Softmodems
    • When a modem isn't a modem
    • Model installation
    • Dial-up connection creation
    • Dial-up connection object management

3. Network-To-Network Connections

  • Network-to-network connection components
    • Network Access Points (NAPs)
    • Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
    • How an ISP works
    • LAN installation components
    • Telecommunications room
  • LAN wiring
    • Network cable installation
    • Telecommunications room equipment
    • Using a punchdown tool
  • LAN wiring tests
    • LAN tests

4. Wired Internetworking Devices

  • Basic internetworking devices
    • Internetworking devices
    • Repeaters
    • Bridges
    • Heterogeneous (translating) bridges
    • Encapsulating bridges
    • A learning (transparent) bridge
    • Bridge routing management
    • Additional filtering and intelligence
    • Local and remote bridges
    • Layer 2 switches
    • Bridges vs. switches
    • Routers
    • About routers
    • Router features
    • Types of routers
    • Routing tables
    • Routing examples
    • Brouters
    • Bridges vs. routers
    • Ethernet hubs
    • Token Ring Multi-Station Access Unit
    • Media converters
    • Firewalls
  • Specialized internetworking devices
    • Higher-level switches
    • IDS and IPS
    • Traffic shaper
    • Multifunction network devices

5. Wired Communication Standards

  • The TCP/IP protocol suite
    • IEEE Network interface layer protocols
    • Internet layer protocols
    • Transport layer protocols
    • TCP
    • Network monitor
    • UDP
    • TCP vs. UDP
    • Application layer protocols
    • Telnet
    • NTP
    • E-mail messaging protocols
  • TCP/IP
    • IPv4
    • IPv6
    • TCP/IP configuration parameters
    • Subnet masks
    • IPv6 subnets
    • Default gateway
    • DNS
    • WINS
    • Static TCP/IP parameters
    • DHCP and DHCPv6
  • DHCP servers
    • Installing a DHCP server
    • IPv6 scopes

6. Wireless Networking

  • Wireless network devices
    • Wireless communications
    • Wireless LAN components
  • Wireless networking standards
    • Standards
    • Wireless protocols
  • Wireless configuration
    • WLAN security risks
    • WLAN security components
    • Transmission encryption
    • Wireless access point configuration
    • Wireless clients

7. Security Threats and Mitigation

  • Security threats
    • Viruses, worms, and Trojan horses
    • Social engineering
    • Phishing
    • Denial of Service (DoS) attacks
    • Distributed DoS attacks
    • Man-in-the-middle attacks
    • Spoofing
  • Threat mitigation
    • Security policies
    • Human resources policy
    • Incident response policy
    • Change management
    • Configuration management documentation
    • Education
    • Communication
    • User awareness
    • Types of training

8. Security Practices

  • Operating systems
    • Antivirus software
    • Spyware
    • Securing the operating system
    • Windows Update
    • Patch management
    • Other updates
    • Windows Firewall
  • Devices
    • Firewalls and proxy servers
    • Security zones
    • DMZ configurations
    • Traffic filtering
    • Network Access Control (NAC)
    • Virtual private network
    • Security issues
    • Built-in management interfaces
    • Physical attack susceptibility
    • Overcoming device weaknesses
    • Intrusion detection and prevention
    • NIDS
    • HIDS
    • Physical access control
    • Surveillance

9. Network Access Control

  • Authentication
    • Usernames and passwords
    • Authentication factors
    • Authentication protocols
    • Identification and authentication
    • Identity proofing
    • Single sign-on
    • Kerberos
    • The Kerberos process
    • Kerberos security weaknesses
    • CHAP
    • EAP
    • PPPoE
    • Mutual authentication
  • Public key cryptography
    • Cryptography overview
    • Encryption
    • Public key cryptography overview
    • Asymmetric cryptography
    • Public key infrastructure
    • Setup and initialization
    • Administration of issued keys and certificates
    • Certificate cancellation and key history
    • Securing public key management systems
  • Remote access
    • Remote network access
    • RADIUS
    • Diameter
    • LDAP and remote access
    • Terminal Access Controller Access Control System (TACACS)
    • 802.1x
    • VPN security
    • VPN protocols
    • IPsec
    • Secure shell (SSH)
    • VPN solutions
  • Wireless security
    • Wireless networking
    • Wireless networking security
    • Wireless networking vulnerabilities
    • Wi-Fi scanners

10. Monitoring

  • Monitoring resources
    • Windows computers
    • Performance monitor
    • Performance monitor configuration
    • Data Collector Sets (DCS)
    • Viewing Data Collector Ser reports
    • Reliability Monitor
    • Remote Desktop
  • Event Viewer
    • Remote logs
    • Event forwarding
    • Subscriptions
    • Device and application logging

11. Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting basics
    • Information gathering
    • Identify the affected area
    • Determine if anything has changed
    • Establish the most probable cause
    • Determine if escalation is necessary
    • Create an action plan
    • Implement a solution and test the result
    • Identify the results of the solution and its effects
    • Document the problem and the solution
    • Problem and resolution tracking
    • Hardware toolkit
    • Software toolkit
  • Troubleshooting the network
    • Troubleshooting wired connections
    • Testing the physical network
    • Troubleshooting wireless network connections
    • Troubleshooting TCP/IP
    • Ipconfig
    • UNIX Ifconfig
    • Using Ipconfig to display TCP/IP settings
    • Ping and basic TCP/IP connectivity
    • NSLookup
    • Tracert
    • Windows Network Diagnostics
  • Troubleshooting scenarios
    • Remote Desktop troubleshooting
    • Inability of a user to access a shared resource
    • Preventing illegal attempts to access an account
    • Connectivity issues
    • Network problems relating to adding or removing services

Appendix A

  • CompTIA Network+ objectives map

Appendix B

  • CompTIA Network+ acronyms

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Lab 1: Number Systems

  • Learn to use several software tools to convert numbers between the decimal, binary, and hexadecimal number systems.

Lab 2: Easter-Egg Hunt

  • Carefully examine the lab equipment used in the classroom. Find and identify a variety of common network building blocks like hubs, switches, routers, MAUs, cabling, etc.

Lab 3: Build a Simple Network

  • Design and build a simple network for the classroom.

Lab 4: Student Workstation Configuration

  • Reload a fresh copy of Windows XP Professional on your student PC (via Ghost). Attach it to the network, share your disk drive with your neighbors, and check the results.

Demo 1: Installing Classroom Gateway Router

Lab 5: Configure Workstation Default Gateway

Lab 6: Ping and ARP

  • Examine the ARP cache on your workstation. Ping others and observe the effect on the ARP cache. Analyze the network traffic associated with a simple ping.

Lab 7: Installing a Switch

  • Reset the switch to the factory defaults. Using the console interface, perform an initial switch configuration. Use the switch's web interface to configure SNMP, port mirroring, and a VLAN. Examine the switching table and watch Spanning Tree in operation.

Lab 8: Common TCP/IP Applications

  • Consider the use of common tools such as ftp, telnet, tftp, and ssh.

Lab 9: Voice over IP

  • Experiment with Voice over IP. Learn the key concepts and terminology of this now common use of your network.

Lab 10: Installing a Router

  • Configure your Cisco router to connect your private subnet to the classroom backbone network. Enable the RIP routing protocol.

Lab 11: Subnet Calculations

  • Perform a variety of exercises with IP addresses and masks. Identify address classes. Learn to calculate the available addresses on subnets. Learn to choose an appropriate subnet mask.

Lab 12: Network Security Concerns

  • Consider how to secure the classroom network and how that applies to the real world.

Demo 2: Virtual Private Networking
Demo 3: Baselining and Monitoring the Network
Demo 4: Logging

Lab 13: Simple Network Management Protocol

  • Reinforce your understanding of the components of SNMP using commonly available network management tools.

Lab 14: Network Troubleshooting

  • Work with a variety of common troubleshooting tools and discuss the techniques used isolate problems.

Demo 5: Traffic Shaping Options

Lab 15: Bluetooth Networking

  • Have a little fun with Bluetooth and consider its networking capabilities.

Lab 16: Remote Control

  • Use VNC to take remote control of your neighbor's workstation.

Lab 17: Convert Workstations to Wireless and DHCP

  • Remove your workstation from the wired network and make the needed configuration changes.

Registration Fees

Both classroom training and virtual (online) training formats are available.

The per student registration fee for the classroom session is $3095, and includes the seminar, course materials, and morning and afternoon refreshments.

The registration fee for virtual training session is $2595.

Classoom training begins at 8:30 AM each day and concludes at 4:30 PM unless otherwise directed. Please arrive early on the first day to sign-in and meet fellow attendees. If you register less than one week in advance of a class, please bring your confirmation letter. Business casual attire is appropriate. For information on virtual training session start and stop times, refer to the course schedule below.

Register securely online with confidence or please call (708) 246-0320.

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