Almost every business has some sort of computer network. Lots of tech jobs now require some basic knowledge of how networks work.

We have released a free 9-hour course that will prepare you to configure, manage, and troubleshoot both wired and wireless computer networks.

Industry veteran and college instructor Brian Ferrill – who has held a variety of network and security certifications – teaches this course.

This course will teach you about:

  • networking concepts
  • network infrastructure
  • network operations
  • network security
  • and network troubleshooting

It will also give you an understanding of enterprise technologies, including cloud and virtualization technologies.

And by the end of the course, you will even be ready to take the CompTIA Network+ exam. Passing this exam will give you an industry-recognized certification that verifies you have acquired essential knowledge and skills related to computer networking.

Here are some of the topics covered in this course:

  • Intro to Network Devices
  • Networking Services and Applications
  • DHCP in the Network
  • Introduction to the DNS Service
  • Introducing Network Address Translation
  • WAN Technologies
  • Network Cabling
  • Network Topologies
  • Network Infrastructure Implementations
  • Introduction to IPv4
  • Introduction to IPv6
  • Special IP Networking Concepts
  • Introduction to Routing Concepts
  • Introduction to Routing Protocols
  • Basic Elements of Unified Communications
  • Virtualization Technologies
  • Storage Area Networks
  • Basic Cloud Concepts
  • Implementing a Basic Network
  • Analyzing Monitoring Reports
  • Network Monitoring
  • Supporting Configuration Management
  • The Importance of Network Segmentation
  • Applying Patches and Updates
  • Configuring Switches
  • Wireless LAN Infrastructure
  • Risk and Security Related Concepts
  • Common Network Vulnerabilities
  • Common Network Threats
  • Network Hardening Techniques
  • Physical Network Security Control
  • Firewall Basics
  • Network Access Control
  • Basic Forensic Concepts
  • Network Troubleshooting Methodology
  • Troubleshooting Connectivity with Utilities
  • Troubleshooting Connectivity with Hardware
  • Troubleshooting Wireless Networks
  • Troubleshooting Copper Wire Networks
  • Troubleshooting Fiber Cable Networks
  • Network Troubleshooting Common Network Issues
  • Common Network Security Issues
  • Common WAN Components and Issues
  • The OSI Networking Reference Model
  • The Transport Layer Plus ICMP
  • Basic Network Concepts
  • Introduction to Wireless Network Standards
  • Introduction to Wired Network Standards
  • Security Policies and other Documents
  • Introduction to Safety Practices
  • Rack and Power Management
  • Cable Management
  • Basics of Change Management
  • Common Networking Protocols

You can watch the full course on the YouTube channel (9-hour watch).