CompTIA Network+ Certification (N10-006) FastTrack Study Guide


ALL you need to qualify with CompTIA’s latest Network+ certification exam

  • Published January 2015, prepares for N10-006
  • Fully-integrated with Professor Messer’s training videos
  • CompTIA CAQC approved with an outstanding 5/5 Procert Labs score
  • Over 200 exam practice questions included
  • Available as Skillpipe eBook with instant activation

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This Skillpipe eBook is for anyone wishing to qualify with the latest CompTIA Network+ Certification exam (N10-006). CompTIA Network+ is aimed at IT professionals with job roles such as network administrator, network technician, network installer, help desk technician and IT cable installer.

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What should you know?

Ideally, you should have successfully achieved CompTIA A+ certification and have around 9-12 months’ experience of networking support or IT administration. It is not necessary that you pass the A+ exams before completing Network+ certification, but it is recommended.

Regardless of whether or not you have passed CompTIA A+, it is recommended that you have the following skills and knowledge before starting this course:

  • Configure and support PC, laptop, mobile (smartphone/tablet), and print devices
  • Know basic network terminology and functions (such as Ethernet, TCP/IP, switches, routers)
  • Configure and manage users, groups, and shared resources in a simple SOHO network
  • Understand the use of basic access control measures, such as authentication, security policy, encryption, and firewalls

Module 1: Topologies and Infrastructure

  • Topologies and the OSI Model • Key Features of Networks • Clients and Servers • Network Topologies • The OSI Model • Physical Layer • Data Link Layer • Network Layer • Transport Layer • Upper Layers • OSI Model Summary
  • Ethernet • Transmission Media • Signaling and Modulation • Media Access Control • Ethernet Frames • Legacy Ethernet Standards • Modern Ethernet Standards • MAC Addressing • Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) • Protocol Analyzers
  • Hubs, Bridges, and Switches • Hubs and Bridges • Switches • Managing Switches • Switch Interface Configuration • Virtual LANs (VLAN) • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Infrastructure and Design • Network Infrastructure Implementations • Planning an Enterprise Campus Network • Planning a SOHO Network • Planning an Industrial Control System • TCP/IP Protocol Suite

Module 2: Addressing and Routing

  • Internet Protocol • Internet Protocol Address Format • Subnet Masks • ipconfig / ifconfig • IP Routing Basics • ICMP and ping
  • IPv4 Addressing • IPv4 Addressing Schemes • Subnetting and Classless Addressing • Planning an IPv4 Addressing Scheme • Public Internet Addressing • Multicast and IGMP
  • DHCP and APIPA • IPv4 Address Autoconfiguration • Configuring DHCP • Labs • Configuring DHCP Clients and Servers
  • IPv6 Addressing • IPv6 Address Format • IPv6 Addressing Schemes • IPv6 Address Autoconfiguration • Migrating to IPv6
  • Routing • Routing Basics • Routing Algorithms and Metrics • Routing Protocols • Administrative Distance and Route Redistribution • IPv4 and IPv6 Internet Routing • High Availability Routing • Installing and Configuring Routers • Routing Troubleshooting Tools

Module 3: Troubleshooting and Management

  • Transport Protocols • Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) • User Datagram Protocol (UDP) • TCP/IP Ports • netstat
  • Name Resolution • Host Names and FQDNs • Domain Name System (DNS) • Configuring DNS Servers • nslookup and nbtstat
  • Troubleshooting • Troubleshooting Procedures • Identifying the Problem • Establishing a Probable Cause • Establishing a Plan of Action • Troubleshooting Connectivity Issues • Troubleshooting Configuration Issues • Troubleshooting Internetworking • Troubleshooting Services
  • Applications and Services • TCP/IP Services • Web Services (HTTP / HTTPS) • File Transfer Services (FTP / TFTP / SMB) • Email Services (SMTP / POP / IMAP) • Voice Services (VoIP and VTC) • Real-time Services Protocols • Quality of Service • Packet Shapers • Load Balancers • Multilayer Switches
  • Management and Monitoring • Performance Monitoring • Network Monitoring Utilities • Logs • Analyzing Performance Metrics • Simple Network Management Protocol • Remote Administration Tools
  • Cloud and Virtualization • Virtualization Technologies • Storage Area Networks (SAN) • Cloud Computing

Module 4: Installation

  • Network Sites • Wiring Distribution • Rack Systems • Safety and ESD • Power Management • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) • Physical Security Controls • Fire Prevention and Suppression
  • Installing Cable • Twisted Pair Cable (UTP / STP / ScTP) • Twisted Pair Connectors • Wiring Tools and Techniques • Cable Testing and Troubleshooting • Other Copper Cable Types • Fiber Optic Cable and Connectors • Interface and Media Converters • Troubleshooting Fiber Cable Issues
  • Installing Wireless Networks • Wireless Standards (IEEE 802.11) • Wireless Network Topologies • Wireless Site Design • Site Surveys and Antenna Placement • Troubleshooting Wireless Links
  • WAN Technologies • Wide Area Networks (WAN) • Telecommunications Networks • Modern Telecommunications Networks • Packet Switched WAN Services • Local Loop Services • Wireless WAN Services
  • Remote Access • Remote Access Services (RAS) • Virtual Private Networks (VPN) • PPTP and SSL VPNs • IP Security (IPsec) • Remote Access Servers • Installing Remote Access Links • Troubleshooting WAN Issues

Module 5: Security

  • Vulnerabilities and Threats • Security Basics • Social Engineering • Network Reconnaissance • Wireless Security • Network Attack Strategies • Denial of Service
  • Security Appliances • Network Segmentation • Zones and Access Control Lists (ACL) • Network Address Translation (NAT) • Basic Firewalls • Advanced Firewalls • Proxies and Gateways • Anti-malware Software • Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)
  • Authentication • Authentication Technologies • Cryptographic Hash Functions • NTLM and Kerberos • RADIUS and TACACS+ • PAP, CHAP, and EAP • Wi-Fi Authentication • Endpoint Security • Network Access Control • Mobile Device Management • Troubleshooting Authentication and ACLs
  • Incident Response • Business Continuity Concepts • Disaster Recovery Planning • IT Contingency Planning • Training • Incident Response Procedures • Forensic Procedures • Collection of Evidence
  • Change and Configuration Management • Change and Configuration Management • Documentation • Procedures and Standards • Employee Policies • Patch Management • Backup Plans and Policies