1. Network Overview

  • Defining a Network
    - Reasons to Use a Network
  • Network Components
    - End Devices
    - Operating Systems
    - Network Infrastructure
    - Network Types
    - Network Services

2. Network Functions and Standards

  • Generic Network Functions
  • Standards Organizations
    - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    - Common WAN Serial Interface Standards
  • Internet Organizations
    - Internet Standards Process
  • OSI Model Overview
    - Layer 1: Physical Layer
    - Layer 2: Data Link Layer
    - Layer 3: Network Layer
    - Layer 4: Transport Layer
    - Layer 5: Session Layer
    - Layer 6: Presentation Layer
    - Layer 7: Application Layer
  • TCP/IP Model

3. Local Signaling Media

  • Serial Cabling Specifications
    - Media Interface Specifications
    - DCE and DTE Specifications
  • Twisted-Pair Cabling Specifications
    - Cable Runs
    - Seven Keys to Successful UTP Wiring
  • Fiber Optic Cabling Systems
    - Fiber Optic Cabling Types
  • Wireless Networking Systems
    - Wireless Network Preparation

4. Ethernet

  • Network Overview
    - Network Interface Cards
    - MAC Addresses
    - NIC Drivers
    - CSMA/CD Operation
    - Ethernet Collision Domain
  • Ethernet Connectivity Standards
    - 10 Mbps Ethernet Connectivity Options
    - 100 Mbps Ethernet Connectivity Options
    - Gigabit Ethernet Overview
    - 10 Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity Options
  • Ethernet Version II Frame Structure
    - Ethernet Type Field
    - IEEE 802.3 with 802.2 Frame Format
    - Captured Frame Displayed by a Protocol Analyzer
  • Ethernet Equipment Overview
    - Ethernet Ports and Connectors
    - Half-Duplex and Full-Duplex Operation
    - Ethernet Hubs
    - Ethernet Switches
    - Integrating 10, 100, and 1,000 Mbps and 10 Gbps Ethernet
  • Ethernet Performance Issues

5. Switching

  • Switching Overview
    - Current Switch Installations
  • Switch Operation Overview
    - The Learning Process
    - The Flooding Process
    - The Forwarding and Filtering Process
    - Switch Loop Problems
  • Switch Configuration
    - Port Security
  • Spanning Tree Algorithm Overview
    - STA Root Switch Election
    - STA Path Selection
    - Spanning Tree Timers
    - STA Self-Healing Ability
  • VLAN Overview
    - VLAN Configuration
    - VLAN Operation
    - VLANs on Multiple Switches
  • Switch Troubleshooting

6. Logical Addressing

  • Logical Address Overview
  • Binary Numbering
    - Converting Binary to Decimal
    - Converting Decimal to Binary
    - Conversion Practice
  • Dotted Decimal Notation
  • Logical Address Types
  • Class-Based Addressing
    - Network-Specific Addresses
  • Reserved Addresses
  • Private Addresses
  • Network Masking
  • Classless Addressing

7. Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)

  • Address Resolution Overview
  • ARP Process
    - ARP Messages
  • ARP Cache
    - ARP Command
  • Gratuitous ARP
  • Proxy ARP
  • ARP Restrictions

8. Subnetting

  • Subnetting Overview
    - Communication Between Hosts
    - IP Address and Mask
  • Subnetting Basics
    - Subnet Rules
    - Subnetting Decisions
    - Four Key Addresses
  • Case Study
    - Masking for Subnets
    - Masking for Interfaces
    - Headquarters Addressing
    - WAN Addressing

9. Routing

  • Routing Overview
    - Logical Segmentation
  • Static Links vs. Dynamic Routing
  • Router Configuration Overview
    - Routing Protocols
    - Routing Metrics
  • Routing Protocol Operation
    - Routing Information Protocol
    - RIP Routing Tables
    - Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
    - Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
    - Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)

10. WAN Overview

  • WAN Overview
    - Telecommunications Infrastructure
    - Connection Types: PVC and SVC
    - WAN Technologies
  • WAN Circuit-Switching
    - Wide Area Transmission Rates
    - SONET
    - Leased Lines
  • WAN Packet-Switching
    - Packet-Switching Networks
    - Metro/Carrier Ethernet
    - X.25 Overview
    - Frame Relay Overview

11. Network Layer Process

  • Network Layer Processes Overview
  • Logical Addressing
    - Network Loop Handling
    - Routing Decision-Making
    - Path Control
    - Multicast Management
  • Communication Flexibility
    - Multiplexing
    - Data Length Management
  • Quality of Service
    - Data Receipt Verification
  • Diagnostics
    - Logical Error Reporting

12. Session Handling

  • Session Handling Overview
  • Process Identification
    - Application Port Numbering
    - Temporary Ports
    - Port Address Translation
  • Connectionless Functions
    - Connectionless Support
  • Connection-Based Functions
    - Connection Handshake
    - Connection Shutdown

13. Supporting Processes

  • Supporting Processes Overview
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
    - Four-Step IP Addressing Process
  • Domain Name System (DNS)
    - Top-Level Domains
    - Country Domains
    - Dynamic DNS
  • ICMP Overview
    - The ping Command
    - Variation Reports

14. Net BIOS and Net BEUI

  • A Historical Perspective
    - What is NetBIOS?
    - NetBIOS Services
    - NetBIOS vs. NetBEUI
    - NetBIOS over TCP/IP
  • Server Message Block
    - SMB Security
  • NetBIOS Limitations
    - The net Commands
    - The nbtstat Command

15. Security

  • Network Security Overview
    - Network Security Assessment
    - Attack Types
    - Hackers and Attackers
    - Authentication
    - Encryption
    - Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Content Filtering
    - Firewalls
    - Personal Firewalls
    - Packet Filters
    - Proxy Servers
    - Stateful Inspection Firewalls
  • Security Levels
    - Single-Layer Protection
    - Double-Layer Protection
    - Triple-Layer Protection
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
  • Develop a Security Plan
    - Vulnerability Assessment

16. User and Manager Processes

  • User and Manager Processes Overview
  • Terminal Emulation
  • File Transfer
    - Connection-Based File Transfer
    - Connectionless File Transfer
  • E-Mail
    - Sending E-Mail
    - Retrieving E-Mail
  • Web Browsing
    - Uniform Resource Locator
  • Network Management

17. Wireless LANs

  • Wireless LAN Overview
    - Wireless LAN Components
    - Wireless Design Issues
  • Wireless LAN Standards
    - IEEE 802.11a
    - IEEE 802.11b
    - IEEE 802.11g
  • Wireless Security
    - Basic Security Steps
    - Wired Equivalent Privacy
    - Wi-Fi Protected Access
  • Non-Standard Solutions

18. Instant Messaging

  • Instant Messaging Overview
    - Integrated Communications
    - Presence Awareness
    - Security Issues
  • Standards
    - SIMPLE
    - XMPP

19. Networking Advances

  • Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)
    - IPv6 Addressing
    - Internet2
  • Voice over IP (VoIP)
    - Uses for VoIP
    - Why VoIP Instead of Traditional Voice?
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Video over IP