CompTIA Network+

Blended & eLearning

  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Principal Areas of Study
  • Assessment & Award
  • Career/Academic Progression
  • Resources & Lab Tasks

The CompTIA Network+ ® course has been designed to prepare learners for a challenging career in the computer industry and with excellent opportunities for progression.  It will provide individuals with technical competency and critical knowledge of media and topologies, protocols, standards, network implementation and network support. 

The Network+ course includes: Mentoring, Real Labs, Practice Exams & E-Book

The Benefits of this highly Valued Qualification   

  • A Career Path with diverse and lucrative career tracks in one of the world's fastest-growing fields
  • CompTIA Network+ enables IT Professionals to provide proof of their professional achievement. 
  • Provides the skills and knowledge to grow in the job and assume greater responsibilities.   
  • It  provides individuals with technical competency and critical knowledge of media and topologies, protocols, standards, network implementation and network support.
  • Provides IT Professionals and support staff with the foundation-level skills they need to install, operate, manage, maintain and troubleshoot a corporate network.  
  • Having proof of your skills and knowledge gives you the edge over other candidates when applying for a job.
  • Provides preparation for the CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam

It is recommended for CompTIA Network+ candidates to have the following:

CompTIA A+ certification or equivalent knowledge, though CompTIA A+ certification is not essential.
Have at least 9 to 12 months of work experience in IT networking.
Mature learner with relevant life/work experience

Those who successfully complete this course will have the knowledge and skills required to implement defined network architecture with basic network security.  It will also provide the skills to configure, maintain, and troubleshoot network devices using appropriate network tools and understand the features and purpose of network technologies. Learners will also be able to make basic solution recommendations, analyse network traffic, and be familiar with common protocols and media types.

Module Units

Unit 1: Introducing Computer Networks

  • Foundation Topics: Defining a Network
  • Networks Defined by Geography
  • Networks Defined by Topology
  • Networks Defined by Resource Location
  • Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory
  • Memory Tables Answer Key
  • Define Key Terms
  • Review Questions

Unit 2: Dissecting the OSI Model

  • Foundation Topics: The Purpose of Reference Models
  • The OSI Model
  • The TCP/IP Stack
  • Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory
  • Memory Tables Answer Key
  • Define Key Terms
  • Review Questions

Unit 3: Identifying Network Components

  • Foundation Topics: Media
  • Network Infrastructure Devices
  • Specialized Network Devices
  • Virtual Network Devices
  • Voice over IP Protocols and Components
  • Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory
  • Memory Tables Answer Key
  • Define Key Terms
  • Review Questions

Unit 4: Understanding Ethernet

  • Foundation Topics: Principles of Ethernet
  • Ethernet Switch Features
  • Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory
  • Memory Tables Answer Key
  • Define Key Terms
  • Review Questions

Unit 5: Working with IP Addresses

  • Foundation Topics: Binary Numbering
  • IPv4 Addressing
  • Assigning IPv4 Addresses
  • Subnetting
  • IP Version 6
  • Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory
  • Memory Tables Answer Key
  • Define Key Terms
  • Review Questions

Unit 6: Routing Traffic

  • Foundation Topics: Basic Routing Processes
  • Sources of Routing Information
  • Routing Protocol Characteristics
  • Routing Protocol Examples
  • Address Translation
  • Multicast Routing
  • Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory
  • Memory Tables Answer Key
  • Define Key Terms
  • Review Questions

Unit 7: Introducing Wide-Area Networks

  • Foundation Topics: WAN Properties
  • WAN Technologies
  • Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory
  • Memory Tables Answer Key
  • Define Key Terms
  • Review Questions

Unit 8: Connecting Wirelessly

  • Foundation Topics: Introducing Wireless LANs
  • Deploying Wireless LANs
  • Securing Wireless LANs
  • Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory
  • Memory Tables Answer Key
  • Define Key Terms
  • Review Questions

Unit 9: Optimizing Network Performance

  • Foundation Topics: High Availability
  • QoS Technologies
  • Case Study: SOHO Network Design
  • Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory
  • Memory Tables Answer Key
  • Define Key Terms
  • Review Questions

Unit 10: Using Command-Line Utilities

  • Foundation Topics: Windows Commands
  • UNIX Commands
  • Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory
  • Memory Tables Answer Key
  • Define Key Terms
  • Review Questions

Unit 11: Managing a Network

  • Foundation Topics: Maintenance Tools
  • Configuration Management
  • Monitoring Resources and Reports
  • Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory
  • Memory Tables Answer Key
  • Define Key Terms
  • Review Questions

Unit 12: Securing a Network

  • Foundation Topics: Security Fundamentals
  • Defending Against Attacks
  • Remote Access Security
  • Firewalls
  • Virtual Private Networks
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention
  • Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory
  • Memory Tables Answer Key
  • Define Key Terms
  • Review Questions

Unit 13: Troubleshooting Network Issues

  • Foundation Topics: Troubleshooting Basics
  • Physical Layer Troubleshooting
  • Data Link Layer Troubleshooting

Network Layer Troubleshooting

  • Wireless Troubleshooting
  • Summary
  • Review All the Key Topics
  • Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory
  • Memory Tables Answer Key
  • Define Key Terms
  • Review Questions

Unit 14: Final Preparation

  • Tools for Final Preparation
  • Pearson Cert Practice Test Engine and Questions
  • End-of-Chapter Review Tools
  • Suggested Plan for Final Review and Study
  • Summary

Test Details

Number of Questions: 100
Type: Multiple Choice
Length of Test: 90 Minutes
Passing Score: 720 of 900           
Exam Code: N10-005

Study for the exam at your own pace with online access to interactive training. E-learning courses feature audio segments, lesson activities, and access to additional resources to provide an interesting and effective training process.

Assessment
You can purchase a voucher for your exam or you can pay with a credit card when you register to take the test at one of CompTIA's testing partners. Vouchers are available from the CompTIA Marketplace.
Local Students may take the CompTIA Network+ Examination at Dorset College Prometric Testing Centre

Awards
On successful completion of the on-line examination students are awarded:
CompTIA Network+ Certificate

The Aim of the CompTIA Network+ course is to enable learners to become competent network administrators, who can work skilfully in real time network environments.  It will provide the skills and knowledge with excellent academic or further professional training opportunities.

Skills Measured

Networking Concepts Network Hardware & Software Network Installation and Configuration
LAN/WAN Protocols Network Connections Network Media and Topologies
The OSI reference model Network Management. Network Security

Having proof of your skills and knowledge gives you the edge over other candidates when applying for a job. CompTIA Network+ certification is proof of your professional achievement, providing you with a solid credential leading to better job opportunities and a well defined career path.

The Job Roles

This valuable qualification provides Employers with a means to identify those qualified individuals who have the appropriate skills to do the job.  
Network Administrator Network Technician Network Installer
Help Desk Technician System Administrator Technician

Expert Instructor-Led Training using only the IT industry’s finest instructors. This elearning course provides a personal learning experience that gives you all the benefit of hands-on training with the flexibility of doing it around your schedule 24/7.  Unlike a live class, you can study at your own pace.

Interactive Exercises
The courseware includes real world, interactive exercises that always focus on real world scenarios and skill-set development.

The CompTIA Network+ course includes: Mentoring, Real Labs, Practice Exams & E-Book

LAB Tasks
Online labs to supplement your training. Labs simulate real-world, hardware, software & command line interface environments and can be mapped to any text-book, course & training.

Networking Concepts

  • Compare the layers of the OSI and TCP/IP models.
  • Classify how applications, devices, and protocols relate to the OSI model layers.
  • Explain the purpose and properties of IP addressing.
  • Explain the purpose and properties of routing and switching.
  • Explain the function of common networking protocols.
  • Summarize DNS concepts and its components.
  • Given a scenario, implement the following network troubleshooting methodology
  • Identify virtual network components.

Network Installation and Configuration

  • Given a scenario, install and configure routers and switches.
  • Given a scenario, install and configure a wireless network.
  • Explain the purpose and properties of DHCP.
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot common wireless problems.
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot common router and switch problems.
  • Given a set of requirements, plasn and implement a basic SOHO network

Network Media and Topologies

  • Categorize standard media types and associated properties.
  • Categorize standard connector types based on network media.
  • Compare and contrast different wireless standards.
  • Categorize WAN technology types and properties.
  • Describe different network topologies.
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot common physical connectivity problems.
  • Compare and contrast different LAN technologies.
  • Identify components of wiring distribution.

Network Management

  • Explain the purpose and features of various network appliances.
  • Given a scenario, use appropriate hardware tools to troubleshoot connectivity.
  • Given a scenario, use appropriate software tools to troubleshoot connectivity
  • Given a scenario, use the appropriate network monitoring resource to analyze traffic.
  • Describe the purpose of configuration management documentation.
  • Explain different methods and rationales for network performance optimization.

Network Security

  • Given a scenario, implement appropriate wireless security measures.
  • Explain the methods of network access security.
  • Explain methods of user authentication.
  • Explain common threats, vulnerabilities, and mitigation techniques.
  • Given a scenario, install and configure a basic firewall.
  • Categorize different types of network security appliances and methods.

Other Resources

Practice Test
Course include full length practice test sets designed to test your knowledge under real exam conditions. Each course has a number of test sets consisting of hundreds of items to ensure you are 100% prepared before taking your certification exam.

Exercises, Quizzes & Flashcards
Exercises, quizzes and flashcards prepare you for your exams differently and more effectively than the traditional exam preps on the market. You will have practice quizzes, flashcards and exercises after each module to ensure you are confident on the topic you have completed before proceeding. This will allow you to gauge your effectiveness before moving to the next module in your course.