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Making TCP/IP Work

Explore the complexities of making TCP/IP work with this course covering TCP and UDP, netstat, Wireshark and much more.

19 videos  //  172 minutes of training

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Course description

Understanding the nature of TCP/IP is important, but now you have to make it work. Dive deeper into the use of TCP/IP with this course covering TCP and UPD, web servers, FTP, netstat, securing email and much more. You’ll look at handy tools and even get to grips with the protocol analyzer Wireshark, which can help a troubleshooter organize their data much more efficiently.

Course syllabus

TCP and UDPDuration: 7:22

In this episode, Mike discusses TCP (connection-based) and UDP (connectionless) protocols.

ICMP and IGMPDuration: 6:08

In this episode, Mike explains the importance of two of the fundamental protocols used in the Internet Protocol Suite, ICMP and IGMP.

Handy ToolsDuration: 6:43

Explore the various tools that can get quick answers when troubleshooting a network latency issue.

Introduction to WiresharkDuration: 10:37

In this episode, Mike goes through a captured data stream using the Wireshark tool.

Introduction to netstatDuration: 8:49

In this episode, Mike demonstrates uses for the powerful netstat command.

Web ServersDuration: 11:52

In this episode, Mike discusses Web servers and some of the requirements and protocols used.

FTPDuration: 11:48

In this episode, Mike discusses the venerable file transfer protocol.

Email Servers and ClientsDuration: 9:28

In this must-see episode for all aspiring spammers out there, Mike explains the various protocols used in sending and receiving e-mail.

Securing EmailDuration: 5:47

Historically, securing email was a bit complicated. In this episode, Mike explains the various email protocols and the evolution to STARTTLS.

Telnet and SSHDuration: 9:16

In this episode, Mike looks at the remote connection protocol called telnet, as well as methods for encrypting telnet connections via SSH.

Network Time ProtocolDuration: 1:59

In this brief episode, Mike reveals the secret importance of NTP.

Network Service ScenariosDuration: 9:33

In this episode, Mike works though some known issues for network service problems.

Understanding DNSDuration: 12:10

This episode begins an overview of the DNS system, which resolves domain names to IP addresses.

Applying DNSDuration: 18:56

In this episode, Mike works with DNS and discusses the various record types that are available, what their purpose is, and how they can be used.

The HOSTs FileDuration: 3:45

Take a look back in time at the earliest method for resolving IP addresses: the HOSTS file.

Net CommandDuration: 8:12

In this episode, Mike explores the venerable and still very useful net command to show things such as user names, shared network resources, mapping network drives and more.

Windows Name ResolutionDuration: 11:22

In this episode, Mike looks at ways Windows machines figure out names of other computers on the network, through processes like NetBIOS and LLMNR.

Dynamic DNSDuration: 5:25

In this episode, Mike explains how dynamic DNS works.

DNS TroubleshootingDuration: 13:13

In this video, Mike shows you what to do if you suspect you're having issues with DNS.

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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