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Introduction to Networking (1 day)

This is an overview for both technical and non-technical professionals new to the networking environment. It covers the core networking concepts and components and introduces common hardware and software standards.

This course is a highly efficient way of gaining networking awareness and vocabulary. Equally, it provides the technical specialist with the grounding necessary to do further work in the networking field, and is commonly used as a starter course before moving on to other networking courses.

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Learning Objectives

During this course you will:

  • Learn how to Connect a PC to a Network
  • Learn how to interrogate the PC and Network to identify simple problems
  • Learn about the various equipment used in Networking
  • Gain an understanding of the protocols and communication techniques used by Networks
  • Learn about the Internet Addressing protocols
  • Learn How to connect Local Networks together


Delegates should be familiar with MS Windows desktop and command line operations

Course Content

Chapter 1 - Network Concepts

  • Standalone PCs
  • Networked PCs
  • Local Area and Wide Area Networks
  • LAN Topologies
  • LAN Components
  • Data Transmission
  • Data Segments and Frames
  • Addressing
  • Data Transmission over Copper
  • Data Transmission over Fibre
  • Data Transmission over Wireless
  • A Basic Frame

Chapter 2 - LAN Standards

  • DIX Ethernet
  • IEEE Standards
  • Communication Protocols
  • Open System Interconnection
  • OSI 7-layer model
  • Layered Protocols
  • Network Layers

Chapter 3 - Network Hardware

  • Media Types - Cable
  • Media Types - Wireless
  • Categories of UTP
  • Connectors
  • Network Interface Card
  • MAC Address

Chapter 4 - Ethernet Principles

  • DIX & IEEE
  • 802.3 Thick & Thin Ethernet
  • Media Access - CSMA/CD
  • CSMA/CD Collision Domain

Chapter 5 - Hardware Components

  • Repeaters
  • Hubs

Chapter 6 - Other Types of LAN

  • 802.3 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet
  • 802.3 Fibre Optic Ethernet
  • 802.5 Token-Ring Networks
  • Media Access - Token Passing
  • 802.5 Copper Token-Ring
  • 802.5 Fibre Token-Ring

Chapter 7 - Extending Beyond LAN Segments

  • Bridged Networks - Ethernet
  • Bridged Networks - Token-Ring
  • Bridges & Collision Domains
  • Switched Networks
  • Advantages of Switches
  • Switches and VLANS
  • Routers

Chapter 8 - Internet Protocol Addressing

  • IP Addressing
  • IP Address Classes
  • IP Address Ranges
  • The Default Gateway
  • Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
  • Connecting Hosts
  • IP Address Problems
  • The Subnet Mask
  • Default Subnet Masks
  • Using Subnet Masks
  • Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP)
  • Domain Name Service (DNS)

Chapter 9 - Network Software

  • Network Operating Systems
  • Peer to Peer Networks
  • Client/Server Model
  • Servers and Clients
  • Workstation Client Software
  • DNS
  • Network Applications
  • Microsoft Windows Servers
  • Novell NetWare
  • UNIX/Linux
  • Intranets
  • Web Servers
  • Browsers

Chapter 10 - Network Administration & Control

  • Security
  • Logging In
  • Login Security
  • Logging Out
  • Firewalls
  • Data Encryption
  • Avoiding Data Loss
  • Resource Management
  • Network Monitoring

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