Certification Network NET

Course Overview

Network+ validates the knowledge and skills of networking professionals.

It is an international, vendor-neutral certification that recognizes a technician’s ability to describe the features and functions of networking components and to install, configure and troubleshoot basic networking hardware, protocols and services.


A typical candidate should have CompTIA A+ certification or equivalent knowledge, though A+ certification is not required. In addition to A+ certification level knowledge, candidates are encouraged to have at least nine months of work experience in network support or administration.


Domain 1.0 – Media and Topologies – 20%

1.1 Recognize the following logical or physical network topologies given a diagram, schematic or description:

  • Star
  • Bus
  • Mesh
  • Ring

1.2 Specify the main features of 802.2 (Logical Link Control), 802.3 (Ethernet), 802.5 (token ring), 802.11 (wireless), and FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) networking technologies, including:

  • Speed
  • Access method (CSMA / CA (Carrier Sense Multiple Access/Collision Avoidance) and CSMA / CD (Carrier Sense Multiple Access / Collision Detection))
  • Topology
  • Media

1.3 Specify the characteristics (For example: speed, length, topology, and cable type) of the following cable standards:

  • 10BASE-T and 10BASE-FL
  • 100BASE-TX and 100BASE-FX
  • 1000BASE-T, 1000BASE-CX, 1000BASE-SX and 1000BASE-LX
  • 10 GBASE-SR, 10 GBASE-LR and 10 GBASE-ER

1.4 Recognize the following media connectors and describe their uses: RJ-11 (Registered Jack) RJ-45 (Registered Jack) F-Type ST (Straight Tip) SC (Subscriber Connector or Standard Connector) IEEE 1394 (FireWire) Fiber LC (Local Connector) MT-RJ (Mechanical Transfer Registered Jack) USB (Universal Serial Bus)

1.5 Recognize the following media types and describe their uses: Category 3, 5, 5e, and 6 UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) Coaxial cable SMF (Single Mode Fiber) optic cable MMF (Multimode Fiber) optic cable

1.6 Identify the purposes, features and functions of the following network components: Hubs Switches Bridges Routers Gateways CSU / DSU (Channel Service Unit / Data Service Unit) NICs (Network Interface Card) ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) adapters WAPs (Wireless Access Point) Modems Transceivers (media converters) Firewalls

1.7 Specify the general characteristics (For example: carrier speed, frequency, transmission type and topology) of the following wireless technologies: 802.11 (Frequency hopping spread spectrum) 802.11x (Direct sequence spread spectrum) Infrared Bluetooth

1.8 Identify factors which affect the range and speed of wireless service (For example: interference, antenna type and environmental factors).

Domain 2.0 – Protocols and Standards – 20%

2.1 Identify a MAC (Media Access Control) address and its parts.

2.2 Identify the seven layers of the OSI (Open Systems Interconnect) model and their functions.

2.3 Identify the OSI (Open Systems Interconnect) layers at which the following network components operate: Hubs Switches Bridges Routers NICs (Network Interface Card) WAPs (Wireless Access Point)

2.4 Differentiate between the following network protocols in terms of routing, addressing schemes, interoperability and naming conventions: IPX / SPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange / Sequence Packet Exchange) NetBEUI (Network Basic Input / Output System Extended User Interface) AppleTalk / AppleTalk over IP (Internet Protocol) TCP / IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol)

2.5 Identify the components and structure of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses (IPv4, IPv6) and the required setting for connections across the Internet.

2.6 Identify classful IP (Internet Protocol) ranges and their subnet masks (For example: Class A, B and C).

2.7 Identify the purpose of subnetting.

2.8 Identify the differences between private and public network addressing schemes.

2.9 Identify and differentiate between the following IP (Internet Protocol) addressing methods: Static Dynamic Self-assigned (APIPA (Automatic Private Internet Protocol Addressing))

2.10 Define the purpose, function and use of the following protocols used in the TCP / IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) suite: TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) UDP (User Datagram Protocol) FTP (File Transfer Protocol) SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol) SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) POP3 / IMAP4 (Post Office Protocol version 3 / Internet Message Access Protocol version 4) Telnet SSH (Secure Shell) ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) ARP / RARP (Address Resolution Protocol / Reverse Address Resolution Protocol) NTP (Network Time Protocol) NNTP (Network News Transport Protocol) SCP (Secure Copy Protocol) LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) IGMP (Internet Group Multicast Protocol) LPR (Line Printer Remote)

2.11 Define the function of TCP / UDP (Transmission Control Protocol / User Datagram Protocol) ports.

2.12 Identify the well-known ports associated with the following commonly used services and protocols: 20 FTP (File Transfer Protocol) 21 FTP (File Transfer Protocol) 22 SSH (Secure Shell) 23 Telnet 25 SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) 53 DNS (Domain Name Service) 69 TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol) 80 HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) 110 POP3 (Post Office Protocol version 3) 119 NNTP (Network News Transport Protocol) 123 NTP (Network Time Protocol) 143 IMAP4 (Internet Message Access Protocol version 4) 443 HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure)

2.13 Identify the purpose of network services and protocols (For example: DNS (Domain Name Service), NAT (Network Address Translation), ICS (Internet Connection Sharing), WINS (Windows Internet Name Service), SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), NFS (Network File System), Zeroconf (Zero configuration), SMB (Server Message Block), AFP (Apple File Protocol), LPD (Line Printer Daemon) and Samba).

2.14 Identify the basic characteristics (For example: speed, capacity and media) of the following WAN (Wide Area Networks) technologies: Packet switching Circuit switching ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) T1 (T Carrier level 1) / E1 / J1 T3 (T Carrier level 3) / E3 / J3 OCx (Optical Carrier) X.25

2.15 Identify the basic characteristics of the following internet access technologies: xDSL (Digital Subscriber Line) Broadband Cable (Cable modem) POTS / PSTN (Plain Old Telephone Service / Public Switched Telephone Network) Satellite Wireless

2.16 Define the function of the following remote access protocols and services: RAS (Remote Access Service) PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) SLIP (Serial Line Internet Protocol) PPPoE (Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet) PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) VPN (Virtual Private Network) RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol)

2.17 Identify the following security protocols and describe their purpose and function: IPSec (Internet Protocol Security) L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol) SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) 802.1x 2.18 Identify authentication protocols (For example: CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol), MS-CHAP (Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol), PAP (Password Authentication Protocol), RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service), Kerberos and EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol)).

Domain 3.0 Network Implementation – 25%

3.1 Identify the basic capabilities (For example: client support, interoperability, authentication, file and print services, application support and security) of the following server operating systems to access network resources: UNIX / Linux / Mac OS X Server Netware Windows Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol)

3.2 Identify the basic capabilities needed for client workstations to connect to and use network resources (For example: media, network protocols and peer and server services).

3.3 Identify the appropriate tool for a given wiring task (For example: wire crimper, media tester / certifier, punch down tool or tone generator).

3.4 Given a remote connectivity scenario comprised of a protocol, an authentication scheme, and physical connectivity, configure the connection. Includes connection to the following servers: UNIX / Linux / MAC OS X Server Netware Windows Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol)

3.5 Identify the purpose, benefits and characteristics of using a firewall.

3.6 Identify the purpose, benefits and characteristics of using a proxy service.

3.7 Given a connectivity scenario, determine the impact on network functionality of a particular security implementation (For example: port blocking / filtering, authentication and encryption).3.8 Identify the main characteristics of VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks).3.9 Identify the main characteristics and purpose of extranets and intranets.

3.10 Identify the purpose, benefits and characteristics of using antivirus software.

3.11 Identify the purpose and characteristics of fault tolerance: Power Link redundancy Storage Services

3.12 Identify the purpose and characteristics of disaster recovery: Backup / restore Offsite storage Hot and cold spares Hot, warm and cold sites Domain

4.0 Network Support – 35%

4.1 Given a troubleshooting scenario, select the appropriate network utility from the following: Tracert / traceroute ping arp netstat nbtstat ipconfig / ifconfig winipcfg nslookup / dig

4.2 Given output from a network diagnostic utility (For example: those utilities listed in objective 4.1), identify the utility and interpret the output.

4.3 Given a network scenario, interpret visual indicators (For example: link LEDs (Light Emitting Diode) and collision LEDs (Light Emitting Diode)) to determine the nature of a stated problem.

4.4 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a client accessing remote network services, identify the cause of the problem (For example: file services, print services, authentication failure, protocol configuration, physical connectivity and SOHO (Small Office / Home Office) router).

4.5 Given a troubleshooting scenario between a client and the following server environments, identify the cause of a stated problem: UNIX / Linux / Mac OS X Server Netware Windows Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol)

4.6 Given a scenario, determine the impact of modifying, adding or removing network services (For example: DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), DNS (Domain Name Service) and WINS (Windows Internet Name Service)) for network resources and users.

4.7 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a network with a particular physical topology (For example: bus, star, mesh or ring) and including a network diagram, identify the network area affected and the cause of the stated failure.

4.8 Given a network troubleshooting scenario involving an infrastructure (For example: wired or wireless) problem, identify the cause of a stated problem (For example: bad media, interference, network hardware or environment).

4.9 Given a network problem scenario, select an appropriate course of action based on a logical troubleshooting strategy. This strategy can include the following steps:

  • Identify the symptoms and potential causes
  • Identify the affected area
  • Establish what has changed
  • Select the most probable cause

5. Implement an action plan and solution including potential effects

6. Test the result

7. Identify the results and effects of the solution

8. Document the solution and process



Duration : 5 days
Regular Rate : $2 225
Preferential Rate : $1 875
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