Essentials of Networking Course

Keep your machines talking to each other with this course on the essentials of networking, including hubs and switches, WANs and routers, structured cabling and more.

1 hour, 10 minutes

Course description

An isolated machine is likely to be safer, but the foundation of today’s technology is communication. Make sure your machines are talking to each other — safely — with this course on the essentials of networking, covering hubs and switches, WANs and routers, cables and connectors, structured cabling, network card troubleshooting and much more!


Network Card Troubleshooting

Video - 00:09:00

Good techs know a few simple tools and procedures to get networks back up and running quickly.
Structured Cabling

Video - 00:11:00

While CompTIA doesn’t want you to be a cable installer, a good tech understands structured cabling and can work with installers.
Crimping Cables

Video - 00:10:00

CompTIA doesn’t expect you to prove you can crimp your own cables, but it does expect you to understand the crimping process.
Cables and Connectors

Video - 00:11:00

Networking uses many different types of cables and connectors, and a good tech should recognize those types.
WANs and Routers

Video - 00:09:00

To understand Wide Area Networks, it’s critical to understand routers and how they use logical addressing.

Video - 00:07:00

Hexadecimal numbering uses a base-16 system that’s very convenient for IT techs, and it’s important to look at a hex value and understand the equivalent binary value.
Hubs vs. Switches

Video - 00:05:00

Whether hubs or switches, a good tech understands the function and features of these boxes in our LANs.
Introduction to Networking

Video - 00:08:00

You’ll never understand the power of the Internet without first starting at the most basic form of networking: the Local Area Network (LAN).

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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