The CompTIA® Network+® (Exam N10-005) course builds on your existing user-level knowledge and experience with personal computer operating systems and networks to present the fundamental skills and concepts that you will need to use on the job in any type of networking career. If you are pursuing a CompTIA technical certification path, the CompTIA A+ certification is an excellent first step to take before preparing for the CompTIA Network+ certification.
The CompTIA® Network+® (Exam N10-005) course can benefit you in two ways. It can assist you if you are preparing to take the CompTIA® Network+® examination (Exam N10-005). Also, if your job duties include network troubleshooting, installation, or maintenance, or if you are preparing for any type of network-related career, it provides the background knowledge and skills you will require to be successful.
This course is intended for entry-level computer support professionals with a basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems to prepare for the CompTIA® Network+® (Exam N10-005), or who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of networking concepts and acquire the required skills to prepare for a career in network support or administration. A typical student taking the CompTIA® Network+® (Exam N10-005) course should have a minimum of nine months or more of professional computer support experience as a PC or help desk technician. Networking experience is helpful but not mandatory; A+ certification or equivalent skills and knowledge is helpful but not mandatory.
To ensure your success, you will need basic Windows end-user computer skills. To meet this prerequisite, you can take any one or more of the following LogicalCHOICE courses, or have equivalent experience:
- Using Microsoft® Windows® 8
- Microsoft® Windows® 8 Transition from Windows® 7
In addition, we highly recommend that you hold the CompTIA A+ certification, or have equivalent skills and knowledge. You may want to take the following LogicalCHOICE course: CompTIA® A+® Certification: A Comprehensive Approach (Exams 220-801 and 220-802)
Course-specific Technical Requirements
This course requires one computer for each student, one computer for the instructor, and one computer to function as a classroom server. Each computer will need:
- 1.4 gigahertz (GHz) (single 64–bit) processor or 1.3 GHz (dual core) processor or above.
- 4 GB of RAM or greater.
- 320 GB of hard disk or larger.
- Super VGA (SVGA) or higher resolution monitor capable of a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels, at least 256-color display, and a video adapter with at least 64 MB of memory.
- A mouse or other pointing device.
- A CD/DVD-ROM drive.
- Network adapter and cabling connecting each classroom computer.
- Network interface card and network cabling.
- A projection system for the instructor.
- Internet access.
- To support the activities in Lesson 3, the instructor should provide as many physical examples of different types of network media and connectors as possible.
- For the data backup activity in Appendix D, the instructor needs to provide an alternative backup location (such as a removable USB drive or a folder on the hard disk).
- To support the activities in Lessons 3 and 15, the instructor should provide as many physical examples of hardware tools as possible.
- For the optional cable assembly activity in Lesson 15, the instructor will need to provide students with raw cable, the appropriate connectors, the appropriate crimping tool, a cable tester, and an optional eye loupe.
This course was developed and tested on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2. During development, Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 was released. The activities in the course were not tested with the service pack, so if you choose to install it, keying activities may vary.Windows Server 2008 requires activation unless you have a volume-licensing agreement. There is a grace period for activation. If the duration of your class will exceed the activation grace period (for example, if you are teaching the class over the course of an academic semester), you must activate the installations at some point before the grace period expires. Otherwise, those operating systems will stop working before the class ends.
- Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard Edition, with sufficient licenses.
- The Microsoft Network Monitor should be installed on the Instructor and Student machines. It is available at www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=983b941d-06cb-4658-b7f6-3088333d062f&displaylang=en. Copy the NM34_x64.exe file into the Tools folder that is created during the extraction of the course data files.
- Third-party security tool: SuperScan. It is available at www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/superscan.aspx. Copy the file into the Tools folder that is created during the extraction of the course data files.