Physical Networking Module          


This course is an introduction to the world of networking personal computers. It focuses on configuring, managing, and troubleshooting elements of the basic network infrastructure.

Course Content
  • Identify basic networking concepts, including how a network works. Content should include network access, protocol, network interface cards, full duplex, cabling twisted pair, coaxial, fiber optic.

  • Identify procedures for swapping and configuring network interface cards.

  • Identify the ramifications of repairs on the network. Content should include reduced bandwidth, loss of data, network slowdown.

  • Identify the networking capabilities of DOS and Windows including procedures for connecting to the network. Identify concepts and capabilities relating to the Internet and basic procedures for setting up a system for Internet access. Content

  • should include TCP/IP, E-mail, html, http, ftp, domain names (Web sites), ISP, and dial-up access.

  • Summarize the basics of networking fundamentals, including technologies, devices and protocols

    • Basics of configuring IP addressing and TCP/IP properties (DHCP, DNS)

    • Bandwidth and latency

    • Status indicators

    • Protocols (TCP/IP, NETBIOS)

    • Full-duplex, half-duplex

    • Basics of workgroups and domains

    • Common ports: HTTP, FTP, POP, SMTP, TELNET, HTTPS

    • LAN / WAN

    • Hub, switch and router

    • Identify Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

    • Basics class identification

  • Categorize network cables and connectors and their implementations

    • Cables

    • Plenum / PVC

    • UTP (e.g. CAT3, CAT5 / 5e, CAT6)

    • STP

    • Fiber

    • Coaxial cable

  • Connectors

    • RJ45

    • RJ11

  • Compare and contrast the different network types

    • Broadband

    • DSL

    • Cable

    • Satellite