by Chip Reaves, Harry Brelsford, and Emily Wilson
Network Essentials is designed to give an experienced Level 1 tech a good foundation in networking technologies, both for real world benefits and to pass the newest CompTIA Network Plus certification (Exam N10-006).
For any experienced IT professional who wants to expand their skill set, Network Essentials is a great place to start. While basic networking is something that most IT pros understand, this course will teach you about areas which may be new for you, including topics such as SCADA, routing protocols, and VLANS.
With the new N10-006 version of Network+ CompTIA has placed new emphasis on topics with practical benefit such as network troubleshooting, and in this course we'll spend several models looking at troubleshooting tools and techniques to help diagnose any networking situation.
We'll also explore one of my favorite topics, the OSI reference model. Understanding the concepts behind the OSI model are absolutely critical to being able to design, support, and troubleshoot any modern network.
The course runs a total of 7+ hours, divided into 63 lessons of approximately 10 minutes each.
Finally like all of our Bigger Brains courses we feature two people on camera - a Teacher, and a Learner. This lets us make our course and the information we're presenting more interesting and more engaging, with discussions of real-world situations, dialogue, questions and answers, and humor.
Bigger Brains Founder and President Chip Reaves is a serial entrepreneur who has started five successful companies. An Atlanta native, Chip began fixing computers for small businesses in the 1980's while studying Computer Science at Georgia Tech. After 10 years building a successful IT Service Practice in Atlanta, Chip founded the Computer Troubleshooters franchise system alongside Wilson & Suzanne McOrist, which became the world's largest computer service franchise and received multiple awards from Entrepreneur Magazine, Franchise Business Review, and AllBusiness.
Chip has been interviewed on TV and other major media on topics related to small business technology and entrepreneurship, including ABC News, BusinessWeek TV, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, and is a member of Jim Blasingame's "Brain Trust" on SmallBusinessAdvocate. In 2010 Chip was listed among the Top 150 most influential people in small business IT by SMB PC magazine.
Chip lives with his wife Maren and step-daughter Meg in Anderson, South Carolina where they also co-own a Computer Troubleshooters franchise location. In his spare time Chip is very active with his church and local charities, and consults with two aid organizations serving Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa.