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  • Note: There is only one CompTIA Network+ exam.
  • Note: Point out the note on the bottom of page 3 of the text and remind the students to check for changes to the exam and the passing score. The Total Seminars Web site ( gives up-to-date information on changes to the exam.
  • Per the note on Page 4: You cannot take the exam over the Internet, but you can register online through either Prometric ( or Pearson Vue (
  • Note: International prices vary, and students outside the United States should check the CompTIA Web site for international pricing. All prices are subject to change.
  • Per the note on the top of Page 7, as you go through the text, you may need to skip back to previous chapter to get the Historical/Conceptual information you need for a later chapter. The note on the bottom of Page 7 points out that Total Seminars has helpful discussion groups at These groups are an excellent resource when you are studying for the exam.

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  • CompTIA Network+ in a Nutshell Chapter One
  • Objectives• Describe the importance of CompTIA Network+ certification• Illustrate the structure and contents of the CompTIA Network+ certification exam• Plan a strategy to prepare for the exam
  • Who Needs CompTIA Network+?I just want to Learn about Networks!
  • What is CompTIANetwork+ Certification?
  • • An industry-wide, vendor-neutral certification – Developed by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) – Passing shows a basic competency in the physical support of networking systems – Passing shows a knowledge of conceptual aspects of networking
  • • Demonstrates knowledge equivalent to a network technician with nine months of networking experience• Requires one computer-based, multiple- choice exam• Widely recognized throughout the IT industry
  • What is CompTIA?
  • • A nonprofit industry trade association• Members include computer resellers, value-added resellers, distributors, manufacturers, and training companies
  • • Founded in 1982• Offers certifications for a variety of computer industries• A+, Network+, I-Net+, Security+, and more
  • CompTIA Network+was revised in 2009
  • How do I become CompTIA Network+ certified?
  • • Pass one computer-based, multiple-choice exam – No prerequisites or networking experience – No special training course or materials required
  • • CompTIA recommends: – Nine months network tech experience – CompTIA A+ certification knowledge
  • What Is the Test Like?
  • • One Hundred multiple-choice questions• Ninety-minute time limit• Minimum pass score of 720 on a scale of 100-900• Objectives organized into CompTIA Network+ Domains
  • This table lists the domains, and the percentage of the test each represents.CompTIA Network+ Domain Percentage1.0 Network Technologies 20%2.0 Network Media and Topologies 20%3.0 Network Devices 17%4.0 Network Management 20%5.0 Network Tools 12%6.0 Network Security 11%
  • • More About the Exam – Practical questions involving • Real-life troubleshooting scenarios • Hardware and software failures • “What do you do next?” • “What is the most likely problem?”
  • • More About the Exam (cont.) – Know how to install and configure a PC to connect to a network using these skills and knowledge: • Install and test a network card • Configure drivers • Load all network software • Know different topologies, standards, and cabling • Know the OSI seven-layer model • Know the protocol suites – especially TCP/IP
  • How do I take the test?
  • • Go to an Authorized Testing Center – Prometric: 888-895-6116 ( – Pearson VUE: 877-551-7587 ( – More info on centers at
  • How much does the test cost?
  • • Price fixed by CompTIA• At publication time, $239 (U.S.) for non-CompTIA members• You can save money by purchasing an exam voucher through CompTIA member companies
  • • When registering: – Need Social Security number (or international equivalent) – Pay by credit card or unique voucher number – International prices vary
  • How to Pass theCompTIA Network+ Exam
  • • Keep it simple! – Read the book – Practice the questions at the end of chapters – Take practice tests on the CD in the back of the book – Review any topics you missed
  • • Obligate yourself – Schedule the exam – Determine necessary study time – Call Prometric or Pearson VUE or register for the exam online• Set aside the right amount of study time
  • Table 1.1 Determining How Much Study Time You Need Amount of Experience/Study Time (in hours)Type of Experience None Once or Twice On Occasion Quite a BitInstalling a SOHO wireless network 4 2 1 1Installing an advanced wireless network 2 2 1 1 (802.1X, RADIUS, etc.)Installing structured cabling 3 2 1 1Configuring a home router 5 3 2 1Configuring a Cisco router 4 2 1 1Configuring a software firewall 3 2 1 1Configuring a hardware firewall 2 2 1 1Configuring an IPv4 client 8 4 2 1Configuring an IPv6 client 3 3 2 1Working with SOHO WAN connection 2 2 1 0 (DSL, cable)Working with an advanced WAN connection 3 3 2 2 (Tx, OCx, ATM)Configuring a DNS server 2 2 2 1Configuring a DHCP server 2 1 1 0Configuring a Web application server 4 4 2 1 (HTTP, FTP, SSH, etc.)Configuring a VLAN 3 3 2 1Configuring a VPN 3 3 2 1Configuring a dynamic routing protocol 2 2 1 1
  • • Study for the test – Historical/Conceptual: not on the test, but greatly aids understanding – Test-specific: topics fit within the CompTIA Network+ certification domains