CompTIA Network+ 2012: Network Media and Topologies Part 1

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The choice of network media depends on a number of factors. Speed and bandwidth requirements and budgets are probably the two main considerations, although the site itself can play a part. In new construction, for example, it may make sense to install the more expensive fiber optic media rather than incurring the cost of an upgrade down the road. Upgrades to older sites can be expensive and may not even be possible in some cases. This course describes the different available network media, including twisted pair cable, coaxial cable, fiber optic cable, and wireless media. This course also describes some of the issues that you can encounter, how to troubleshoot the various media, and solutions to some of the problems. This course prepares the learner for the CompTIA Network+ 2012 certification exam N10-005. Network+ is sometimes referred to as N+ or Net+.

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The audience for CompTIA Network+ 2012 training will comprise IT personnel with at least nine to 12 months of IT networking experience. Good computer literacy along with a sound technical acumen should be present. This learning path is also suitable for students looking to acquire job skills, and to be trained specifically to pass the associated CompTIA Network+ (2012 Edition) certification exam. It is recommended, but not required, that candidates for the CompTIA Network+ 2012 exam obtain the CompTIA A+ certification or equivalent knowledge.

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CompTIA Network+ 2012: Network Media and Topologies Part 1

  • describe the characteristics of twisted pair cables
  • match the cable properties with their correct descriptions
  • recognize the characteristics of coaxial cable types
  • describe the components of wiring distribution
  • describe the components and properties of fiber optic cables
  • identify the advantages and disadvantages of fiber-optic cabling
  • recognize the functions of fiber connectors and media convertors
  • work with copper network media
  • work with fiber network media
  • recognize the steps in the CSMA/CA access method
  • describe the process of association
  • describe the structure of the 802.11 frame
  • describe 802.11 standards
  • locate specific connectivity problems
  • solve specific connectivity problems
  • locate a common physical connectivity problem
  • troubleshoot a common physical connectivity problem
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