Essential Peripherals Course

Update your knowledge of essential peripherals with this course on USB, optical media, Thunderbolt and more.

1 hour, 14 minutes

Course description

There’s more to a workstation setup than just a tower, monitor and keyboard. In this course, you’ll take your knowledge of essential peripherals to the next level with in-depth focus on optical media, USB devices, Thunderbolt ports and the Lightning standard, audio, scanners, expansion cards and more.


Using Expansion Cards

Video - 00:08:00

One of the most powerful features of a PC is the ability to install expansion cards that add abilities our system may lack.
Readers and Scanners

Video - 00:08:00

From flatbed scanners to barcode readers and card readers, scanning devices make our users' lives easier and more convenient.
Sight and Sound

Video - 00:07:00

Make sure you know how to get sound devices and cameras installed and working properly.
Keyboards and Mice

Video - 00:08:00

Keyboards and mice are often some of the most ignored peripherals on our systems; change that by understanding how to install and fully configure these important devices.
Thunder and Lightning

Video - 00:06:00

A good tech recognizes when Thunderbolt and Lightning technologies are used, their unique connectors, and the benefits/weaknesses they have compared to USB.
Configuring USB

Video - 00:07:00

For those USB devices that don’t work fresh out of the box, it’s important to have a proper USB configuration process.
Understanding USB

Video - 00:11:00

Dig into the USB standards to learn things like why are there USB “A” and USB “B” connectors and why modern systems still provide older USB connectors.
USB Standards

Video - 00:10:00

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface is the main peripheral interface these days, and it's important to be aware of different USB standards and USB connectors.
Optical Media

Video - 00:10:00

There’s several different optical standards and it’s critical to know that a certain optical drive supports a certain optical technology.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek," is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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