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 (www.totalsem.com) 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 (www.prometric.com) or Pearson Vue (www.vue.com).
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 www.totalsem.com/forums. These groups are an excellent resource when you are studying for the exam.
Chapter 1 Networking
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!
• 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
• 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
• 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