This education pathway provides a strong foundation for technicians who are interested in advancing their professional knowledge through a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of networking.
The topic of network design, installation, and configuration is broad and complex. Networking has become the primary communication system for the integration of technologies. This module provides an introduction to the fundamental components and principles involved in network communication.
In this course you will learn to:
There are two primary models used to describe communications within a network — the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, which breaks down the various stages of communication within a network using seven layers of communication processes, and the TCP/IP model, which is similar, but uses only four layers. While either can be used to describe an IP network, this module employs the full seven-layer model since it can also be used to describe other networks such as Bluetooth, ZigBee, and Z-Wave. Developing a full understanding of the OSI model will be useful when working with other networks in the future.
A home network commonly requires a number of hardware devices to be present to support data transmissions between connected equipment. This module provides an overview of common types of network hardware available and the role each plays. Familiarity with the common network communication protocols and features available in different types of network hardware enables proper installation and configuration of network devices.
Proper configuration is necessary to connect devices to the internet. This module provides instruction on the basic connection and configuration of common network devices. Typical configurations include designation of static and dynamic IP addresses,
creation of an IP addressing plan, and implementation of best practices for SSIDs and guest networks.
This course compare wireless to other physical layer types and explores the behaviours of RF considering data speed, frequency, and coverage. Attendees will learn the importance and opportunities of wireless security, making sure customer networks are
protected, and how to expand a wireless network to cover larger areas.
Topics covered include:
Attendees who have completed the Residential Networking course are now ideally placed to study this more advanced course which builds upon the knowledge and skills previously gained.
Once the basics of IP Networking are understood (hint: Can you confidently explain layers 1-3 of the OSI model?), this course will deliver attendees the knowledge and skills required to start building more complex networks.
This course explores all aspects of modern network topology including traffic flow, infrastructure planning, connectivity options and planned redundancy. During the session, students will be work in groups to develop a robust network that will be stable
for an initial and developing list of connected host devices. Wired and wireless connectivity will be included as well as host devices from the AV, computing and mobile world.
Both wired and wireless networks will be considered with consideration for retro-fit and new build properties. Additional subject matter includes; power planning, equipment location and rack design, testing strategies, and upgradability.
Who should attend?
Prepare for the ESC-N examination by viewing the requirements here.