Data Communications & Networking

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This 40 hour course provides the student with an understanding of the need for, and characteristics of, networks. This is is done in terms of the topologies and wiring standards that make networking possible. Students gain insight and perspective on key building blocks that enable networking. The course begins with a look at the Ethernet protocol used in the Local Area Network (LAN) environment and provides an overarching coverage of various network devices used to transport data. This includes a sound introduction to the OSI and TCP/IP Models and the Internet Protocol. The course also introduces the student to the IP address and contrasts the differences between IPv4 and IPv6 addressing schemes. We also provide an introduction to the IP subnetting process that culminates in a review of important IP routing concepts. The course provides instruction on key concepts surrounding Local Area Networks, switching principles and the application of Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN), including a contrast of the differences between wired and wireless Local Area Network architecture. Finally, the course provides a high-level look at Wide Area Networks (WAN) technologies in the enterprise environment today. We define key terms and we discuss the digital carrier system,transmission, broadband and protocol concepts that have an impact on Wide Area Network implementation. The course culminates in a demonstration of key principles discussed in a simulated IP routing environment.

This course is intended as a pre-requisite course for individuals with no background in communications and networking. It provides an excellent knowledge base that will carry you into our Net+ Certification course, as well as other training courses relating to neworking technologies.

We offer on-site training for classes of 10 or more people. Learn more about private courses for 10 or more students.

Duration: 48 hours