Computer networks are at the core of our everyday lives. While any wireless technology is often referred to as wireless, and most networked ones as simply a network, there are multiple different technologies, protocols, and configurations to be done to properly set up a network at home, or in an office. In this course, Computer Fundamentals: Networking, you will learn foundational knowledge of networking services and concepts. First, you will explore what the different networking concepts are. Next, you will discover the different hardware that you will find on a network. Finally, you will discover the different types of networks and internet connection types that are available and learn which one is the best for each scenario. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of networking needed to design and configure a home or small office network.
Vlad is a SharePoint and Office 365 Consultant specializing in SharePoint and SharePoint Online deployments as well as hybrid scenarios. As a Pluralsight Author, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and recognized international speaker, Vlad has helped thousands of users and IT Pros across the globe to better understand and to get the most out of SharePoint.
Vlad is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in SharePoint since 2013 and has his own blog at www.absolute-sharepoint.com and he often shares his knowledge by speaking at local conferences and community events. Vlad also blogs at CMSWire as well as Computerworld and is often featured in other Microsoft sites such as Redmond Channel Partner.
In Addition, Vlad is the recipient of the "Top 25 Office 365 Influencers" award, showcasing him as one of the most influential Office 365 specialists in 2015 demonstrating his expertise and passion for Microsoft's shift towards the cloud in the past years.
Course Overview Hi everyone. My name is Vlad Catrinescu, and welcome to my course, Networking, part of the Computer Fundamentals series. I'm a Microsoft MVP in both PowerShell and Office 365 from Montreal, Canada. Computer networks are at the core of our everyday lives. Whether it's to talk on Facebook or WhatsApp up with friends, connect your wireless headphones via Bluetooth or connect thousands of computers in the same network in a multinational enterprise, networking is what keeps the world connected. While we often refer to any wireless technology as wireless, and most wired ones as simply a network, there are multiple different technologies, protocols, and configurations that need to be done properly to set up a network at home or in an office. In this course, we are going to learn the concepts, technologies, and different options of networking. Some of the major topics that we will cover include networking configuration concepts, networking hardware and services, wireless connection types and their features, and IoT devices and the smart home. By the end of this course, you will know what networking really means, as well as the different types of hardware, connection types, and services that connect us to the information we need daily. As this course is part of the Computer Fundamentals series, there are no prerequisites before listening. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn about networking with the Computer Fundamentals Networking course, at Pluralsight.
Networking Hardware, Services, and Configuration Concepts Hello and welcome to this networking course, part of the Computer Fundamentals series. My name is Vlad Catrinescu and I will be your instructor for this course. In this module, we'll learn about networking hardware, services, and configuration concepts. We'll first start by talking about common network configuration concepts, such as what's an IP address, what's a subnet mask, and what information do we need to connect to the internet. We will then look at different types of hardware that you will find on a network, such as a router, a bridge, an access point, and so on. We'll then learn the different ports that apps and protocols use around the network, and finally, the different types of servers and internet appliances that we have in an enterprise network. This module will really have a lot of information inside, but after listening to it, you'll really know all of the terms used when planning a network, as well as the protocols and hardware a network admin plays with on a daily basis.
Wireless and Internet Connection Types and Their Features Hello and welcome to this networking course, part of the Computer Fundamentals series. My name is Vlad Catrinescu, and I'll be your instructor for this course. In this module, we'll cover the wireless and internet connection types, as well as their features. We'll first look at what are the different network types that we can find in both the home, as well as the enterprise. We'll then look at what are the different ways that those networks can be connected to the internet, and finally, we'll learn about the different wireless networking protocols that we will find at home and in the workplace. This module will allow you to better understand the different communication types and standards, as well as what would be the bests communication technology to use in certain scenarios.
IoT Devices and the Smart Home Hello and welcome to this networking course, part of the Computer Fundamentals series. My name is Vlad Catrinescu, and I will be your instructor for this course. In this module, we'll talk about IoT devices and the Smart Home. We'll first look at what are IoT devices? They seem to be all of the buzz right now. And after that, we'll look at a networking aspect and how do those devices talk to each other, as well as the internet, especially in a Smart Home scenario. Let's get started with defining what are IoT devices and how do they actually help us in our day to day life? IoT is short for Internet of Things, and really IoT involves extending internet connectivity beyond standard devices such as desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets, to any range of traditionally dumb or non-internet enabled devices and everyday objects. Embedded with technology, devices such as light bulb, door locks, electric plugs, all the way from small things such as sensors, like a water sensor, and big things such as cars, can communicate and interact over the internet. And they can be remotely monitored and controlled. This allows both users and enterprises to act faster based on real and live information that was not otherwise easy to get. We know for a fact that today there are more internet connected devices than humans on the planet. And there are plenty of statistics out there, but this one from Statistica estimates that by 2020, the number of IoT devices is expected to reach 50 billion.
Install and Configure a Basic Home and Small Business Network Hello and welcome to this networking course, part of the Computer Fundamentals series. In this module, we'll take the concepts that we have learned in this course and put them in action in order to install and configure a basic home or a small business network. We'll first start this module by looking at our scenario. We'll then set up the network and optimize and secure it, and finally, we'll take a look at some troubleshooting and networking tools that are really useful when setting up networks. Let's start with our scenario. We just bought a new house in which we need to set up our local network, connect it to the internet, and make sure that everything runs correctly. The house also has a small office inside to work from home, and we'll also configure a few smart devices to automate certain things. Lastly, we want to optimize and secure our network as much as possible. For reference, here is a cut view of the house plan that we will be working with throughout the module. The different steps that we will do in this module in order to achieve our task is first getting the internet to the house, configuring the access point settings, then we will configure the end devices, and finally secure and optimize our network.