The Fundamentals of Networking

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


To describe basic networking concepts, topologies, the OSI model, and the media used to physically connect a network

Target Audience

Network engineers, network architects, internetworking engineers, LAN and WAN administrators, systems administrators, systems managers, intranet administrators. Network support staff and anybody interested in learning the fundamentals of computer networks.


A basic understanding of computing and internetworking technologies; achievement of i-Net+ and A+ certification is recommended but not required; experience in network support or administration is desirable

Expected Duration

215 min.

Course Objectives

The Fundamentals of Networking

  • identify the primary components of a network and distinguish between the two main network architectures.
  • distinguish between the main types of networks
  • distinguish between the OSI reference model and the TCP/IP stack.
  • distinguish between common network categorizations and identify the characteristics of data encapsulation.
  • identify the major components of a network PC and list the resources required to install a NIC.
  • identify the functions, features, and operation of network devices used at different layers of the OSI model.
  • distinguish between different network topologies
  • match network devices to their functions and distinguish between different network topologies.
  • differentiate between types of network media.
  • recognize the types of cable connectors used in modern networks.
  • determine the most appropriate network tool to use in a given scenario.
  • determine the appropriate network media and connectors to use in a given scenario.