Networking concepts can be overwhelming and require a precision with which they need to be understood. This course will teach you the fundamentals of data networking in a language accessible to a novice technical user.
Listening to a data network engineer speak about the equipment, maintenance, and operation of a networked system can often feel like you are listening to a foreign language. Although data networking hardware is not remarkably different in operation to your desktop computer, it’s application and configuration requires the implementation of protocols to ensure data moves from one device to another device, quickly and without error. In this course, Networking Concepts and Protocols, you will learn how the most important protocols on the Internet, like IP, TCP, and HTTP work together to deliver a web page from a server on the Internet to your desktop’s web browser. First, you will learn the secrets of the IP address. Next, you will learn the most important rules to help you understand if two devices can communicate or not. Finally, you will learn to use the OSI model to organize protocols to better understand how they interact with each other. By the end of this course, you will be able to quickly examine network configuration on your workstation and clearly understand the different components.
Course Overview Hi everyone. My name is Ross Bagurdes, and welcome to my course, Networking Concepts and Protocols. I'm a network engineer with more than 20 years' experience building enterprise networks and teaching people about them. Over the last 10 years, technology has moved from our desks to our pockets and has grown at an exponential rate. All this means that we need talented IT professionals to keep data networks operating so we can surf the web on our smartphones and other devices. In this course, I will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of data networking operation, including IP addressing and subnetting, Ethernet operation, ports and protocols, and the OSI model, which will provide a framework to organize the networking concepts. By the end of this course, you will understand the relationship between IP addresses and MAC addresses, as well as the difference between a router and a switch. Since this is an introductory course, you only need an open mind and an interest in learning how data networks operate. Since this course is part of a five‑part series, you should feel confident moving onto the second course of the series, Introduction to Enterprise Network Infrastructure upon completion of this first course. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn networking with the Networking Concepts and Protocols course, at Pluralsight.