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Networking School

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.

Discover more below.

 

TCP/IP has become the dominant communications and media transmission protocol for the home technology industry. It is essential to understand both the theory and practice of IP in order to design and implement reliably. In addition, with wireless infrastructures being asked to handle ever more demanding applications, it is also critical that these are designed and implemented in a robust and reliable fashion.

To meet these demands, CEDIA has created a whole suite of IP Networking courses to improve the understanding and skill set of attendees within the industry. The course will enable attendees to implement TCP/IP connected hardware in many of the situations encountered in the residential environment.

 

Class Schedule for Networking School
Date Location Type
4/7/2021 CEDIA EMEA Classroom
7/5/2021 CEDIA EMEA Classroom
11/15/2021 CEDIA EMEA Classroom


There are no prerequisites recommended for this course.


Locations
NameLocation
CEDIA EMEASt Neots, . United Kingdom

Detailed Syllabus

 

Introduction to Networking

Fundamentals of IT/Networking

Introduction to Networking

Fundamentals of IT/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:

  • Describe the structure of a typical domestic network
  • Explain the differences between the various network types: Bus, Ring (Loop), Star (hub and spoke), and Mesh
  • Identify the characteristics of a WAN and LAN

The OSI Model

Fundamentals of IT/Networking

The OSI Model

Fundamentals of IT/Networking

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.

In this course you will learn to:

  • Recall the OSI seven-layer model
  • Explain in detail the bottom three layers of the OSI model

Network Hardware

Fundamentals of IT/Networking

Network Hardware

Fundamentals of IT/Networking

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.

In this course you will learn to:

  • Recall the basic functionality of network hardware
  • Explain DHCP, MAC, and IP Addresses
  • Recommend hardware based on the network configuration

Network Configuration

Fundamentals of IT/Networking

Network Configuration

Fundamentals of IT/Networking

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.

In this course you will learn to:

  • Test WAN configuration connection speed
  • Explain the differences between static and dynamic addresses 
  • Build a plan to document the network IP addresses

Wireless Residential Networking

Face to face class

Wireless Residential Networking

Face to face class

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:

  • Understanding Wireless as a physical media
  • Radio Frequency transmission as part of the Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Controlling and maximising wireless coverage using different Antenna types
  • Protecting wireless networks with wireless security
  • Expanding wireless networks with additional access points
  • Controlling wireless networks with management systems

Advanced Residential Networking

Face to face class

Advanced Residential Networking

Face to face class

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.

Topics covered include:

  • File sharing between IP connected devices
  • Remote access with Dynamic DNS
  • The Client - Server model
  • 'Ports' and 'Services'
  • Access to LAN devices from the WAN via Port Forwarding
  • Securing external access using VPNs (Virtual Private Networks)
  • Understanding basic subnets
  • Dividing Networks using vLANs (Virtual LANs)

Designing Networks

Face to face class

Designing Networks

Face to face class

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.

Topics Included

  • Relevant network topologies and their applications in an IP network
  • How to evaluate network need by analysing occupant behaviours
  • Predicting likely bandwidth needs for individual and groups of host devices
  • Designing a wired network that meets the present and probable future needs of specific client
  • Proposing a wireless network that meets the needs of likely host devices

In This Section

Who should attend?

  • Technicians with some/little networking experience
  • Technicians who have already completed the CEDIA Technical School
  • Anyone seeking to become a City & Guilds Smart Home Technician
  • Those looking to become CEDIA ESC-N Certified
 

What's included?

  • All course workbooks
  • The CEDIA ESC-N certification exam
  • Lunch and refreshments

ESC-N Certification

Prepare for the ESC-N examination by viewing the requirements here

Costs

  • CEDIA Members: £649 + VAT
  • Non-members: £975 + VAT