CompTIA Network+ N10-006: Network Architecture Part 1

Network administrators, network technicians, network installers, helpdesk technicians, IT cable installers, and any other professional working with computer networks


Expected Duration
188 minutes

Networks are the basic interconnections for all computers from home computer systems, to multinational businesses, to the Internet. In order to understand how networks function, you need to start at the beginning and learn the fundamental building blocks of networks and how data travels from one point to another. This course introduces the concepts involved with network architecture including network devices, network services, network models, network cabling, network topologies and the different WAN technologies available. You’ll also learn about the basics of configuring network services such as DHCP and DNS. This course is one of a series in the SkillSoft learning path that covers the objectives for certification exam CompTIA Network+ N10-006.


Network Devices

  • start the course
  • recognize the function of network repeaters such as hubs, switches, and routers
  • recognize the function of network firewalls and content filters
  • recognize the function of intrusion detection systems (HIDS/IDS) and intrusion prevention systems (IPS)
  • recognize the function of network load balancers and packet shapers
  • recognize the function of wireless and wired access points, analog modems, and VPN concentrators

Network Services

  • distinguish between the three usage scenarios for virtual private networks (VPN)
  • describe the common protocols and frameworks used for VPN communication
  • describe remote access servers and how TACACS, TACACS+, and RADIUS are used for authentication and access control
  • describe how web services are deployed and used
  • describe converged networks with voice and data
  • describe the function of network interface cards and controllers and where they are used on all network devices

Configuring Network Services

  • configure basic DHCP services in Windows Server
  • configure a Windows DNS server
  • describe the function of proxy servers and reverse proxies
  • describe the function and usage scenarios for network address translation
  • describe the use of port forwarding in NAT scenarios

WAN Technologies

  • describe Frame Relay and ATM data link layer WAN protocols
  • describe the T-carrier and E-carrier digital transmission systems and their use in providing WAN services
  • describe the characteristics of fiber WAN protocols
  • describe the characteristics of consumer and SOHO WAN protocols and technologies
  • describe wireless WAN technologies and the scenarios for their usage
  • describe switching schemes and technologies used for WAN communications

Network Cabling

  • describe copper network cable connector types and their usage
  • describe copper network cable types and their usage and characteristics
  • describe fiber network cable connector types and their usage
  • describe fiber network cable types and their usage and characteristics
  • describe the use of media converters in fiber networks
  • describe the various tools for working with network cabling and their uses

Network Topologies

  • describe bus and ring network topologies and their use and characteristics
  • describe mesh and star network topologies and their use and characteristics
  • describe point-to-point and point-to-multipoint network topologies
  • describe client-server and peer-to-peer network models

Practice: Basic Concepts of CompTIA Network+ 2014

  • understand the basic concepts of network architecture and to recognize the basics of configuring network services





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