Networking Essentials 6e


This course includes
Hands-On Labs
AI Tutor (Add-on)

The Networking Essentials 6e course and lab cover the basics of computer networks to advanced concepts in Ethernet networks; router configuration; TCP/IP networks; routing protocols; local, campus, and wide area network configuration; network security; wireless networking; optical networks; Voice over IP; the network server; and Linux networking. The labs are cloud-based, device-enabled, and can easily be integrated with an LMS. The Networking Essentials 6e course and lab also provide knowledge on the areas such as network security and hardening, cloud networking, virtualization, 5G, and other recent advances in wireless technology, infrastructure management, and current hardware and devices.


14+ Lessons | 320+ Exercises | 260+ Quizzes | 530+ Flashcards | 530+ Glossary of terms


100+ Pre Assessment Questions | 100+ Post Assessment Questions |

Hands-On Labs

20+ LiveLab | 20+ Video tutorials | 01:13+ Hours

Here's what you will learn

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Lessons 1: Introduction

  • About This eBook

Lessons 2: Introduction to Computer Networks

  • Introduction
  • Network Topologies
  • The OSI Model
  • The Ethernet LAN
  • Home Networking
  • Assembling an Office LAN
  • Testing and Troubleshooting a LAN
  • Summary
  • Questions and Problems

Lessons 3: Physical Layer Cabling: Twisted-Pair

  • Introduction
  • Structured Cabling
  • Twisted-Pair Cable
  • Terminating Twisted-Pair Cables
  • Cable Testing and Certification
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet over Copper
  • Troubleshooting Cabling Systems
  • Summary
  • Questions and Problems

Lessons 4: Physical Layer Cabling: Fiber Optics

  • Introduction
  • The Nature of Light
  • Fiber Attenuation and Dispersion
  • Optical Components
  • Optical Networking
  • Safety
  • Troubleshooting Fiber Optics: The OTDR
  • Summary
  • Questions and Problems

Lessons 5: Wireless Networking

  • Introduction
  • The IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Standard
  • 802.11 Wireless Networking
  • Bluetooth, WiMAX, RFID, and Mobile Communications
  • Configuring a Point-to-Multipoint Wireless LAN: A Case Study
  • Troubleshooting Wireless Networks
  • Summary
  • Questions and Problems

Lessons 6: Interconnecting the LANs

  • Introduction
  • The Network Bridge
  • The Network Switch
  • The Router
  • The Console Port Connection
  • Interconnecting LANs with the Router
  • Interconnecting LANs and WANs
  • Summary
  • Questions and Problems

Lessons 7: TCP/IP

  • Introduction
  • The TCP/IP Layers
  • Number Conversion
  • IPv4 Addressing
  • Subnet Masks: Subnetting and Supernetting
  • Supernetting, CIDR Blocks, and VLSM
  • IPv6 Addressing
  • Summary
  • Questions and Problems

Lessons 8: Introduction to Router Configuration

  • Introduction
  • Router Fundamentals
  • The Router’s User EXEC Mode (Router>)
  • The Router’s Privileged EXEC Mode (Router#)
  • Configuring the Network Interface: Auto-negotiation
  • Troubleshooting the Router Interface
  • Summary
  • Questions and Problems

Lessons 9: Introduction to Switch Configuration

  • Introduction
  • Introduction to VLANs
  • Introduction to Switch Configuration
  • VLAN Subinterfaces
  • Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Power over Ethernet
  • Troubleshooting the Switch Interface
  • Summary
  • Questions and Problems

Lessons 10: Routing Protocols

  • Introduction
  • Static Routing
  • Dynamic Routing Protocols
  • Distance Vector Protocols
  • Configuring RIP and RIPv2
  • Link-State Protocols
  • Configuring the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Routing Protocol
  • Advanced Distance Vector Protocol: Configuring Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
  • Internet Routing with Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
  • IPv6 Routing
  • Summary
  • Questions and Problems

Lessons 11: Managing the Network Infrastructure

  • Introduction
  • Domain Name and IP Address Assignment
  • IP Address Management with DHCP
  • Scaling a Network with NAT and PAT
  • Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Network Management Protocols
  • Analyzing Network Traffic
  • Network Analyzer: Wireshark
  • Analyzing Computer Networks: FTP Data Packets
  • Troubleshooting IP Networks
  • Summary
  • Questions and Problems

Lessons 12: Network Security

  • Introduction
  • Intrusion: How Attackers Gain Control of a Network
  • Denial-of-Service
  • Security Software and Hardware
  • Managing Network Access
  • Router Security
  • Switch Security
  • Wireless Security
  • Remote Access and VPN Technologies
  •  Physical Security
  • Summary
  • Questions and Problems

Lessons 13: Cloud Computing and Virtualization

  • Introduction
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud Computing
  • Enterprise Storage
  • Summary
  • Questions and Problems

Lessons 14: Codes and Standards

  • Introduction
  • Safety Standards and Codes
  • Industry Regulatory Compliance
  • Business Policies, Procedures, and Other Best Practices
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • Summary
  • Questions and Problems

Hands-on LAB Activities

Introduction to Computer Networks

  • Assembling Components to Complete the Workstation
  • Using the ping Utility

Physical Layer Cabling: Twisted-Pair

  • Connecting Patch Cables between the Patch Panel and Switch Ports

Wireless Networking

  • Connecting a Wireless Router to a Laptop

Interconnecting the LANs

  • Connecting a Hub to a Switch

Introduction to Router Configuration

  • Using the Basic Router Configuration

Introduction to Switch Configuration

  • Configuring VLAN
  • Using the Basic Switch Configuration

Routing Protocols

  • Configuring Static and RIP Routing
  • Configuring RIPv2 Routing
  • Configuring OSPF
  • Configuring EIGRP
  • Configuring IPv6 Static Routes

Managing the Network Infrastructure

  • Configuring Network Address Translation
  • Configuring Port Address Translation
  • Capturing a Packet Using Wireshark

Network Security

  • Configuring Outbound Rules for a Firewall
  • Configuring Inbound Rules for a Firewall

Cloud Computing and Virtualization

  • Creating a Virtual Switch

Codes and Standards

  • Configuring a Default Domain Password Policy
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