Network Routing Fundamentals

This course provides a simple and conceptual introduction to the fundamentals of IT network routing.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (297 ratings)
15,851 students
Network Routing Fundamentals
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (297 ratings)
15,840 students
The absolute basics of Network Routing
Basic networking terminology
Build a solid foundation in the basics of network routing


  • No prerequisites or requirements, you can get started now
  • A desire to learn the basics of network routing
  • No physical networking hardware or software required

This course is for the absolute beginner. Have you ever wanted to know, in very simple terms, the answers to the following questions: 

  • What is network routing?

  • How do computers communicate with each other?

  • How are computers able to reliably transfer data to one another? 

  • Why is routing important in IT networking? 

If you answered yes, then this course is for you. Our goal with this course is to provide a simple, conceptual introduction to the fundamentals of IT network routing. There are no technical explanations or definitions to memorize - this course is visual, and strictly conceptual. When you are done with this course, you will have the foundation to move forward onto more advanced networking courses. And by having the frame-of-reference understanding from this course, you will be more prepared to tackle the more complex technical concepts and terminology.

As an added bonus to all who enroll, we have made a select group of Linux Academy's Hands-On Labs and flashcards available for free to all students who wish to take advantage of them. Instructions on how to access these bonus features will be provided during the course. 

(NOTE: These bonus features are not a required part of the course. They are an addition you can choose if you so wish.)

Who this course is for:
  • The Network Routing Fundamentals course is for the absolute beginner
  • You want to build a basic foundation before moving into more advanced networking or certification courses
  • You want a high-level explanation of what network routing is
Course content
6 sections • 23 lectures • 2h 52m total length
  • Course Overview
  • About the Instructor
  • Free Linux Academy Community Account (required for bonus labs and flashcards)
  • IPv4 and IPv6 — Part 2
  • IP Addresses and Binary
  • Network Addressing Architectures
  • The Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
  • Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Global Networks and Routing
  • The OSI and TCP/IP Models
  • Network Transmissions
  • Dynamic vs. Static Routing
  • Routing Tables
  • Routing Protocols
  • Route Selection
  • Routing Commands and Tools
  • The Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)
  • IP Forwarding on a Linux Host
  • Policy-Based Routing Overview
  • Implementing Policy-Based Routing
  • The Linux Routing Policy Database (RPDB)
  • Conclusion and Review

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Linux Academy was founded on the belief that providing high-quality, in-depth training should be available at an affordable price. We strive to change lives by teaching Linux and cloud technology. Students can learn new skills, get certified, and advance in their career. 

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