CompTIA Network+ Certification

Network+ is an ISO-17024 compliant, vendor-neutral technology certification that verifies the certified individual has the skills and knowledge needed to take on a pivotal role in building, managing, and protecting the critical asset that is the data network.

A new version of Network+ (N10-006) will launch on February 28, 2015. The new exam has been updated to reflect the current thinking of industry professionals as well as to reflect technologies used today, with a greater emphasis on practical knowledge, especially how to identify and use elements of a network infrastructure. Significant changes include:

  • Additional IPv6 concepts.
  • Emphasis on troubleshooting.
  • Additional security knowledge.
  • Knowledge of how to administer key systems.

The main differences between CompTIA Network+ N10-005 and Network+ N10-006 are the following:

  • Updated terms and technologies in the IT networking field.
  • More hands-on experiences such as installing, configuring, implementing, managing and troubleshooting.

Three new topics:

  • Compare and contrast physical security controls.
  • Summarize basic forensic concepts.
  • Summarize safety practices.

Companies such as Dell, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox recommend or require CompTIA Network+ for their networking technicians. It is also a technical prerequisite option for IT technicians seeking to join the Apple Consultants Network, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense.

The CompTIA Network+ce program is included in the scope of this accreditation, and may be kept current through the CompTIA Continuing Education program.

Module 1 – Networking Concepts

Section 1 – Models and Devices

  • Logical vs Physical
  • The OSI Model
  • The TCP/IP Model
  • OSI vs TCP Models
  • Common Devices
  • Bridges
  • Routing and Switching
  • Routing Terms
  • Routing Protocols
  • Switching
  • Summary

Section 2 – Network Addressing

  • Addressing
  • IPV4 and IPV6 Examples
  • IPV4 Classes/Ranges
  • IPV4 Private Address Spaces
  • Special Addresses
  • Binary Primer
  • Classful Addresses
  • Subnetting Basics
  • Classless Addressses
  • Summary

Section 3 – Ports, Protocols and DNS

  • Ports and Protocols
  • Common Ports
  • Common Protocols
  • Domain Name System
  • Google Servers
  • Record Types
  • Recursive Query
  • Iterative Query
  • Disabling Recursion
  • Summary

Section 4 – Virtual Networks and Troubleshooting

  • Virtual Networks
  • VN Components
  • Network Troubleshooting
  • OSI/TCP Models
  • Ping Demo
  • IPconfig Demo
  • NSlookup Demo
  • NetStat Demo
  • Terminal Demo
  • TelNet Demo
  • Putty Demo
  • Utilities Demo
  • Summary

Module 2 – Installation and Configuration

Section 1 – Switches and Routers

  • Basics
  • Switches
  • Routers
  • Hardware
  • Router and Switch Problems
  • Summary

Section 2 – Wireless

  • Wireless Installation Concepts
  • Wireless Standards
  • Common Wireless Problems
  • Field Experience
  • Summary

Section 3 – Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

  • Basics
  • Process
  • DHCP Options Demo
  • Summary

Section 4 – Small Office/Home Office

  • SOHO Requirements
  • Cable Requirements
  • Device Requirements
  • Equipment Limitations
  • Compatibility Requirements
  • Summary

Module 3 – Media and Topologies

Section 1 – Standard Media and Connectors

  • Types and Properties
  • Transmission Speeds
  • Plenum and Broadband
  • Media Converters
  • Standard Connectors
  • Copper Connectors
  • Ethernet Cables
  • Physical Problems
  • Summary

Section 2 – Wide and Local Area Networks

  • WAN Types
  • WAN Properties
  • LAN Types
  • LAN Properties
  • Wiring Distribution Components
  • Summary

Section 3 – Network Topologies

  • Standards
  • Channelization
  • Latency
  • Network Topologies
  • Star and Hybrid
  • PTP
  • MPLS
  • Summary
  • Topologies Demo
  • Home Office Demo
  • Cloud/NaaS Demo
  • Small Office Demo
  • Medium Office Demo

Module 4 – Network Management

Section 1 – Documentation and Monitoring

  • Documentation
  • Configuration Management
  • Network Monitoring
  • Network Appliances
  • Summary

Section 2 – Hardware and Software

  • Hardware Tools
  • Software Tools
  • Summary

Section 3 – Performance Optimization

  • Reasons
  • Methods
  • Summary

Module 5 – Network Security

Section 1 – Wireless Security

  • Encryption Keys
  • Symmetric Key
  • Asymmetric Key
  • Wireless Encryption
  • Filtering
  • Device Placement
  • Summary

Section 2 – Network Access

  • Access Control List
  • Tunneling/Encryption
  • Remote Access
  • Authentication
  • Summary

Section 3 – Threats and Mitigation

  • Wireless
  • Attack Types
  • Viruses
  • Mitigation
  • Summary

Section 4 – Appliances and Physical Security

  • Firewalls
  • Rules
  • Appliances
  • Physical Security
  • Summary
  • Course Review

Test Details

Exam Codes

N10-005 
JK0-019 (for CompTIA Academy Partners only)

N10-006 
JK0-023 (for CompTIA Academy Partners only)                                                     

Launch Date

1-Dec-11

28-Feb-15 

Number of Questions

Maximum of 100 questions

Maximum of 90 questions

Type of Questions

Multiple choice and performance-based

Multiple choice and performance-based 

Length of Test

90 Minutes

90 Minutes 

Passing Score

720 (on a scale of 100-900) 

720 (on a scale of 100-900) 

Recommended Experience 

  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • (9) months of networking experience
  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • (9) months of networking experience
 

Languages

English, Japanese, German, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

English at launch (2/28/15) Japanese and German - in development 

Retirement 

English Version 8/31/2015
All other languages: 12/31/2015

TBD - Usually three years after launch

 

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