Includes fundamental concepts and vocabulary.
Introduction to network topologies and cabling components. Constructing a network layout.
Primary cable types with a brief wireless networking overview .
Network Interface Cards (NICs).
The interface between the network media and the computing device. Issues covered here include the PC Buss and the principles of NIC configuration.
The concept of a layer model is critical to any understanding of network operation. This unit presents the International Standards Organization (ISO) seven layer Open System Interconnect (OSI) Model. Learn it. Know it.
|Communications and Protocols||
Packets and Protocols
How data is put on and taken off the network media.
Major architectures: Ethernet, Token Ring, and FDDI. Also includes other architectures such as Appletalk and ARCNet.
The network as a system.
Services that a network needs to provide. Issues dealing with Network Operating Systems (NOSs).
Complex environments issues with particular emphasis on Novell/NT integration.
Prominent network administration issues.
Including creating/managing accounts for users and groups, managing network performance, implementing and maintaining security.
|Wide Area Networks||
Connecting geographically separated networks.
Issues include public lines and devices used to facilitate data communications.
|WAN Links||This unit continues on with issues associated with creating Wide Area Networks (WANs) by joining separate LANs.|
Network Management Issues
Problem prevention. Troubleshooting.