Becoming An IT Pro: Network Cabling, Racks & Tools Course

Master the basic fundamentals of network cabling, racks, tools and troubleshooting. Learn the standards, uses and more!
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Published 6/2016 English

Course Description

Course review from Henry C: "The course is very informative and easy to follow. The instructor's voice is clear and easy to understand."

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Do you need to master the fundamentals of network cabling? Are you changing careers and now you will work client side with networks? Maybe you struggle with understanding how the cabling works in an office environment?

With this course, You WILL learn and master the fundamentals of:

  • Cabling 
  • Cable Standards
  • Racks
  • Tools
  • Troubleshoot efficiently.

This course dives in to standard of cabling, wire colors, length maximums and more. You will then learn about the different rack styles and how they fit into the network cabling world. Lastly you go over network cabling tools. These tools will help you be a more efficient troubleshooting and technician.

During the course, you are immersed with lectures using PowerPoint slides and talking head videos. After each lecture, there is a demo video, and a quiz to help you cement the lessons.

When you enroll in this course:

  • You will learn the skills to be an effeciant and succesful IT Technician
  • You will have multiple queizes that will help you cement the information you learned
  • You will be able to identify cabling and the standards used
  • You will be able to Troubleshoot more effectively

How Do I Know?

This course is modeled after an exercise I go through with all my new hires. I teach them everything in this course, so I know they can handle networking tasks without supervision. Modeled in this course are the processes that we go over. 

Finishing this course, you will have a firm understanding of:

  • Types of cabling
  • Cabling standards
  • Racks
  • Tools for cabling
  • How to troubleshoot common cabling issues.

This course DOES NOT deal with Hubs, Bridges, Switches, Routers or configuration of this type of equipment. 

YOU BENEFIT from learning from an  I.T. Professional, with over 11 years of experience. I am an I.T. Manager, and this course is modeled around an exercise I conduct with all of my new hires. You get me, on video, going over in more depth, than what I do, in the office with my directs! You also get to watch and re-watch, where they better have taken great notes, since I don't repeat myself!

Troubleshooting cabling issues is a very basic requirement for an I.T. Professional. Learning this skill will put you ahead of others starting in the field. Knowing what a tool is, what it looks like, and how to use it properly is critical when systems are not functioning, or down because of some wiring issue. We cover all the standard tools, including; wire strippers, punch down tool, wire crimper, tone generator and probe, as well as a cable tester.  You LEARN how to strip cable, punch cable down, terminate ends with a crimper, tone out cables, and test cables.

Content and Overview

Remember, this course is based on an exercise I do with all my new direct reports. I take them through this exercise so that I can trust them to be able to handle basic cabling issues. You will learn from an I.T. Manager with over 11 years experience. During the hour course, you will go through 7 high-level lectures, and experience 19 demos. You will take 5 quizzes that range from 4-10 questions each to help cement your understanding of the materials. I am never far away, if you have a question, you can post in the Q&A section, and I will get back to you! The best part is, you get to return to any video in the course, whenever you want! There is an exercise, that has you identifying what tools you have in your office, you can find those, and then re-watch that tools video, so you can see work with the tool while watching.

What are the requirements?

  • Students will not need anything prior to this course. The course walks them through all the basics of networking.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify the different types of network cabling, racks, and tools. Student will be able to use the networking tools to troubleshoot cabling issues.

What is the target audience?

  • This Network Basics Course is for those that are new to IT, or have been promoted and need to grasp the basics of Networing.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction: Who Am I, What Will You Learn, Introduce Yourself
01:07

Welcome to Networking Basics Course. 

00:34

Introduce yourself to your fellow students. Name, Why this course, Goals

Section 2: Cabling
00:34

Introduction to the cabling section

06:20

After this lecture, you will be able to identify the different styles of cables, the different standards, and connectors. Included in this lecture is CAT5, CAT5E, CAT6, 568A & B Standards, RJ11 and RJ45 Connectors, as well as the different color pairs, and their uses.

02:13

After this demo, you will be able to identify what type of cabling, and what all the markings mean. Included in this demo is the cabling spool, footage markings, standards markings and what they mean.

00:55

After this demo, you will be able to identify a jack, and what standard is used. Included in this demo we give a 360 degree turn of a cat6 jack, we discuss the colors and standards.

01:20

After this demo, you will be able to identify what a surface mount jack does, and what it looks like. Included in the demo, we take apart 2 sourface mount boxes, talk about the jacks already on the box, the standard used, color pairs and how to mount it.

00:58

After this demo, you will be able to identify all the styles of faceplates, what they do, and where they are used. Included in this demo we talk about single, dual and multi port faceplates. We talk discuss function, color and connections.

00:48

After this demo, you will be able to identify the different style of cube hardware

10 questions

Cabling Quiz to reinforce what we learned in this section

01:04

Here it is, your exercise to make sure you know how to do what we learned in these sections. Included in the exercise, you are asked to find out what the standard is at your company for cabling, jacks, and punch down standards. If you are not working, you are asked to determine what standards would you use in a company, cable, color, jack and jack color, connectors etc.

Section 3: Racks
00:29

Introduction of what you will learn in this section: Racks.

03:11

After completing this lecture, you will be able to identify the different types of racks, what they do, how they are mounted, and hardware that connects to them. Included in the lecture, we discuss network racks, server racks, screws, hex connectors, patch panels and server rails.

01:55

In this demo, we discuss a patch panel. We go over the front and back of the patch. How it connects to a rack, and the punch down standards.

10 questions

Networking Rack quiz to reinforce what we learned in this section

00:59

Here it is, your exercise to make sure you know how to do what we learned in these sections. In this exercise you are asked to determine your companies standard of racks, patch panels and connectors. If you are not working, then you are asked to decide what standard you would set up for a company. We also discuss on why it's important to have a standard.

Section 4: Networking Tools
00:32

Introduction to what you will learn in this section: Networking Tools

00:44

After watching completing this lecture, you will be able to identify a punch down tool, what it is used for, and how to use it correctly. In the lecture we discuss the importance of the sides, what impacts, and how to angle the tool for maximum effeciency.

01:17

After watching this demo, you will be able to identify a punch down tool, what it is used for, and how to use it correctly. Included in the demo, we discuss the importance of the cut side, how to angle the punchdown for maximum effeciency, and what the bits are included with a punchdown.

00:52

After completing this lecture, you will be able to identify a tone generator, tone probe, what they are used for, and how to properly use them. Included in the lecture is the most common thought mistake of the generator and probe, and how to remedy that.

00:36

included in this demo we go over how to use the Tone generator, what is requires to work, using the correct switch, and where to plug in the generator for proper use.

00:51

Included in the demo is the proper use of the tone probe, what it requires to work, how to make it properly function with the generator, and always hitting the button!

00:36

After completing this lecture, you will be able to identify a cable crimper, what it is used for, and how to use it properly. Included in the lecture is the proper use of the cable crimper, how to properly crimp the connectors and the right and wrong way to enter the jack.

00:25

Included in this demo is the full review of the cable crimper, where to place the connectors, how to crimp the connectors and check for proper crimping.

00:45

After completing this lecture, you will be able to identify a cable tester, what it is used for, and how to use it properly. Included in this lecture, is the different styles of read outs from cable testers, how to properly test cables, and the proper connections.

00:52

In this demo, we go over how to use the cable tester. We discuss the different styles of cable it will test, and how to interpret the read outs of each led.

7 questions

Networking Tools quiz, to reinforce what we learned in this section

00:50

Here it is, your exercise to make sure you know how to do what we learned in these sections. In this exercise you are asked to find out what tools you have in your corporate environment, and where they are stored. If you do not work in the corporate environment, create a list of what tools would you want to have on hand.

Section 5: Live Demo Walkthrough
00:46

Introduction to what you will see in these bonus videos. Included in this lecture, we discuss exactly what this project is going to be from start to end and what you will learn from these demos.

01:15

In this demo, we start the project by going over stripping a cable properly. We talk about not cutting the wires, and what the cable looks like on the inside.

03:26

In this demo, we go over what it takes to wire a jack. What the proper color combinations are, what we need to do with the spine and pull fiber and then place the wires into the jack. We also talk about a more stable way with a keystone holder.

02:55

In this demo, we go over punching down wires into a jack. This includes, making sure the cut side is the correct way, that we are using an angle to cut excess wire,, and making sure all the cables are properly connected. We then wrap up with putting on the cable protector.

02:31

In this demo, we go from the jack side to the patch panel. We learn how to place the cables correctly into the patch panel using the proper standard, and use a punch down to connect the cables, using the cut side in the proper orientation. 

04:12

In this demo, we go over getting the wires into a proper order and length, so that we can crimp a RJ45 connector onto the end of the wire. We also talk about using the boot to protect the connector clip. We use CAT6 cable in this demo.

03:32

In this demo, we go over crimping the opposite end of the cable. We are crimping a CAT6 cable with an RJ45 connector.

01:30

Included in this demo, we go over what it means to tone cable. We discuss why you need to  tone cable and how to properly do it with a tone generator and probe.

01:29

In this demo, we go over what it takes to test cables and we discuss what the led read outs mean. We test the punchdown with the jack and patch panel we did in this process.

Section 6: Troubleshooting Cable
00:23

In this intro, we talk about what you will learn in the troubleshooting cable sections, including testing cable and toning cable and why you would use both methods.

01:24

In this discussion, we talk about why you would need to tone cable out. This includes jacks not having labels on them, and figuring out where they are on the patch panel, to label the jack and figure out if connections are not correct.

01:10

In this discussion, we talk about why you would test cable. including not getting a connection at a device, or power over Ethernet not powering a device. We talk about what the readouts of the leds mean, and how to quickly identify the pairs that are not connected. 

Section 7: Course Wrap Up
01:31

In the course wrap up, we discuss what you learned, I thank you for taking the class, and now you should be an troubleshooting expert!

10 questions

Reinforce overall objectives

Section 8: Bonus Lectures!
05:52

In this bonus lecture, I show you a brand new server rack. I show you what the rails look like on a server. I also go over the network racks at my office. Lastly I show you a GDome, that we use at our cubes. The lecture shows you just about everything we go over in all the lessons.

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Instructor Biography

Frank Ward, I.T. Manager

Frank enjoys mentoring and coaching members in the I.T. Industry. Frank has coached many that have gone on to reach goals of Network+ Certification and Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification.

Frank has chosen to create courses so that he can reach a larger audience and help them become successful I.T. Professionals.

Hello! I am Frank Ward, an I.T. Manager in the I.T. industry 11 years. My favorite thing about being an I.T. Manager is coaching and mentoring my staff. I have 6 members that directly report to me. I enjoy working with them to create a plan, and watch them succeed in hitting their goals. 

I started out as an I.T. Co-op, and then worked my way up to PC Support Analyst, Systems Administrator, I.T. Lead and now I.T. Manager.

I wrote an eBook, "Becoming An I.T. Professional: 11 Years of Tips and Tricks" and have recently launched my first course "Becoming An I.T. Professional: Networking Basics Course." I go over the exact same methods with all my new hires, that I do with that course.

I look forward to seeing you in my courses. If you have any questions, go ahead and place them in the Q&A section in the course, and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

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