The Complete Networking Fundamentals Course. Your CCNA start

Learn about networking and start your journey to CCNA
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  • Length 40.5 hours
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Welcome to the Complete Network Fundamentals Course! In this course, you will learn the technologies that keep the world as you know today connected and running.

Networks are all around us and you are using one right now to access this course.

Imagine for a moment, how different your life would be without access to Facebook, Snapchat, Google, YouTube, Whatsapp or any of the other websites on the Internet? How would you live with no Internet?

The Internet is extremely important in modern life today and all websites and Internet communication relies on networking. This reliance is only predicted to continue with the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the next few years.

Without routers, switches, network cabling and protocols like BGP there would be no Internet!

This course will teach you how networks actually work and how you are able to connect to websites like Facebook, Google, and YouTube.

Companies throughout the world (from the smallest to the largest) rely on networks designed, installed and maintained by networking engineers. Join this in demand industry!

Start your journey today learning about networking.

Content in this course can be used towards your CCNA. Topics such as IP addressing, subnetting and many others can be applied directly to passing your CCNA certification.

Access our online simulations so you can practice on simulated Cisco routers and switches. You will get to type commands such as enable, configure terminal, router ospf and many others and learn how to configure devices.

I want to welcome you to this Complete Networking Fundamentals course! I'm David Bombal, and I have been teaching networking courses for over 15 years. I qualified as a Cisco Certified Interwork Engineer (CCIE) in 2003 and hold with numerous other networking certifications. I'm also a Cisco and HPE certified instructor where I have trained thousands of networking engineers in many of the largest companies in the world including Fortune 100 companies.

I have designed this course for anyone wanting to learn more about networking and gain foundational knowledge, to help them embark on their networking career. The concepts taught in this course can be applied directly to multiple industry certifications including the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

In this course, you will learn about topics such as IP addressing, IP subnetting, Routing, Switches, VLANs, Spanning Tree, Network Address Translation, Wireless and a whole lot more.

You will also learn more about the latest networking trends including OpenFlow and Software Defined Networking.

The course covers the following topics including (and this list will be constantly updated):

  • Network basics
  • Network architectures (OSI Model)
  • What are hubs, switches, routers?
  • How is data forwarded through a network?
  • IP addresses
  • IP subnetting
  • Cabling and network topologies
  • Ethernet basics
  • TCP and UDP
  • DNS and DHCP
  • Routing
  • VLANs
  • Cisco device initial configurations
  • ACLs
  • Network naming
  • IP Telephony
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
  • SDN and OpenFlow


At the end of this course, you will be able to confidently discuss networking topics; and be able to start configuring real networking devices such as routers and switches. In this an introductory course, but contains a lot of information that can be directly applied to the CCNA certification.

The ideal student for this course is someone looking to break into the networking field, someone looking to extend their knowledge from PCs and servers to networking, or someone interested in getting knowledge to work in one of the most exciting, most in-demand jobs in IT - networking.

There are no requirements necessary to enroll in this course, I only ask that you come open minded and ready to learn.

Feel free to take a look at the course description and some of the sample free videos.

I look forward to seeing you on the inside!


What are the requirements?

  • There are no specific prerequisites as the course covers all the topics in detail.
  • Basic understanding of computers (connect to the Internet)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Describe network fundamentals and build simple LANs
  • Explain IP addressing and subnetting
  • Describe hubs, switches and routers
  • Explain the OSI model
  • Explain how addresses are allocated using DHCP
  • Explain name resolution using DNS
  • Explain Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Introduce OpenFlow and Software Defined Networking topics

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone wanting to learn about networking
  • If you want to start your journey to CCNA

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome
Welcome
Preview
02:01
Thank you and Menu
00:44
Section 2: Basic Networking Terms
Do you know this already? Windows and Linux Simulator
Preview
Article
Quiz 1: Do you know this already? Windows and Linux Simulator Questions:
8 questions
Cisco Simulator
Article
Mac Simulator
Preview
Article
Mac Simulator Quiz
4 questions
7 questions

Answer the quiz questions:



3- Terminology, terminology and terminology
Preview
00:22
4- Network Interface Card (NIC)
Preview
00:46
5- What is a computer network
Preview
01:14
6- What is a Network Protocol
Preview
01:35
7- Home Network and SOHO network
Preview
03:36
8- Ping and Traceroute
04:23
9- What is an IP address
02:01
10- Network Categories and Components
02:18
11- Domain Name System (DNS)
Preview
02:52
12- IP Addressing and Network Sharing
01:46
Section 3: Introduction to Computer Networking
Physical Components
Preview
03:30
Characteristics of a Network
03:03
Topology
01:12
Speed
00:41
Network Cost, Security, Availability
02:24
Scalability, Reliability
01:08
Physical versus logical topology
03:15
Network Diagrams
01:13
Application types and network performance
03:37
Section 4: OSI Model
01:59

In this video David discusses why is the OSI model used, explains the layers of the OSI Model and the encapsulation and de-encapsulation process

04:07

The past versus the present

The OSI layer

Advantages of the OSI model


06:27

Split responsibilities

- Developer

- Network Engineer

02:41

In this video David discusses network processes to applications.

02:06

In this video David discusses data representation or syntax.

01:23

In this video David discusses interhost communication.

00:23

In this video David discusses split of concentration.

04:53

In this video David discusses end to end communication.

02:59

In this video David discusses Data Delivery.

03:25

In this video David discusses Physical Addressing and Access to Media.

04:30

In this video David discusses Media signal and Binary Transmission.

03:37

In this video David discusses traffic flows between hosts and practical demonstration of OSI model using Wireshark.

02:51

In this video David discusses De-encapsulation and peer to peer communication.

06:12

In this video David discusses host communication and how layers connect together.

04:34

In this video David captures,interrogate traffic and he explains various layers of the OSI Model in Wireshark capture.

Quiz
14 questions
Section 5: Binary
04:24

In this video David discusses the importance of Binary and Binary values.

06:02

In this video David discusses the cables analogy, comparison of Decimal and Binary System and the famous table to remember.

04:25

In this video David discusses examples on how to convert decimal to binary and vice versa.

04:48

In this video David discusses IPv4 Address represented in both binary and decimal.

01:44

In this video David discusses conversion of binary to decimal.

15 questions

Use this quiz to test your knowledge of binary. It will help you decide if you want to watch the videos:

Section 6: Hexadecimal
Hexadecimal - Demo of MAC addresses and ARP cache
03:50
Hexadecimal - Demo of MAC addresses and ARP cache (continued)
01:43
Hexadecimal conversion theory and demos Part 1
Preview
03:20
Hexadecimal conversion theory and demos Part 2
00:43
Hexadecimal conversion theory and demos Part 3
01:25
Hexadecimal conversion theory and demos Part 4
02:46
Hexadecimal conversion theory and demos Part 5
02:32
Hexadecimal conversion theory and demos Part 6
00:40
Hexadecimal conversion theory and demos Part 7
01:19
7 questions

 Use this calculator to help you (if you want to):

Binary Decimal and Hexadecimal Converter     

Section 7: IP Addressing
04:28

Outline of Module:

- IP addresses overview

- Address classes (Class A, B, C, D ,E)

- CIDR

- Special addresses (loopback address, local broadcast address and more)

- Network Masks

01:58

In this video David discusses demonstration of IP Addresses

05:39

- IPv4 is a layer 3 or network protocol

- Connectionless protocol

- Best effort delivery

01:38

In this video David discusses IPv4 Address format overview.

06:56

In this video David discusses Network Address Portion, Host Address Portion and street analogy.

02:06

In this video David discusses the format of an IP Address and Street Analogy.

03:50

In this video David discusses brief history and overview of Address Classes

04:58

In this video David discusses Class A and Class B networks and host portions.

01:35

In this video David discusses Class C networks and host portions.

02:18

In this video David discusses Class D addresses and Class E addresses.

03:43

In this video David discusses Class A, Class B and Class C addresses network portion and host portion.

00:32

In this video David discusses overview of Special Addresses.

05:01

In this video David discusses Directed Broadcast Address and denial of service attacks

04:27

In this video David discusses Local Broadcast Address and its uses.

04:59

In this video David discusses Local Loopback Address which is very useful for testing.

04:52

In this video David discusses RFCs and the changes made.

02:22

In this video David discusses Private Addresses and RFC1918.

04:14

In this video David discusses dynamic configuration of IPV4 link-Local Addresses as per RFC3927.

03:36

In this video David discusses overview of Subnet Mask and its functions.

04:46

In this video David discusses network mask and 2 simple rules in working out the network network host and of the Address.

03:16

In this video David discusses how to determine if devices are on the same Subnet or on different Subnet.

01:52

In this video David discusses that Cisco devices only supports contiguous subnet mask.

00:47

In this video David discusses brief overview of CIDR.

CIDR Notation Part 2
02:08
CIDR Notation Part 3
06:59
Section 8: IP Subnetting
IP Subnetting-Sim 1 - Do you know this already?
Article
2 questions

Can you work this out?

Use the calculator below to help you work out answers if needed. 

Subnetting Concepts Calculator     

Binary Method
14:28
IP Subnetting Part 1 B
15:13
Quick Method
10:14
Example 1 and how to subdivide a Network
09:03
IP Subnetting 4.1
11:16
Example 2 Steps 1 to 5
08:36

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Instructor Biography

David Bombal, CCIE #11023, Cisco Instructor (CCSI #22787), HP MASE

David Bombal (CCIE #11023 Emeritus) passed his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching exam in January 2003 and is one of a small percentage of Cisco Engineers that pass their CCIE labs on their first attempt.

David is also a Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI #22787) and has been training Cisco courses for over 15 years and has delivered instructor led courses in various countries around the world covering a wide range of Cisco topics from CCNA to CCIE.

He has also personally developed Cisco engineer utilities such as the VPN Config Generator, software, training materials, EBooks, videos and other products which are used throughout the world.

David has designed, implemented and managed networks ranging from single sites to those that span 50 countries.

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