Data networks are full of hardware such as: cables, fiber optics, wireless access points, routers, switches, and other devices. This course will teach you about the different components of networking hardware and the purpose and use of each piece.
Different sized networks require different types and sizes of networking hardware. Your home network has only a few connected devices, and usually only one or two physical network devices. In this course, Introduction to Enterprise Network Infrastructure, we will use the concepts of a home network as a starting point to describe how big businesses deliver data network connections to thousands of devices. First, you will learn about the variety of network hardware options you have at your disposal to meet your specific needs. Next, you will learn about the different cabling types and how fiber optics are categorized for data network use. Finally, you will learn about the different types of 802.11 wireless networks and where they are used. By the end of this course, you will be able to identify the most important networking hardware and explain its purpose in the data network.
Course Overview Hi everyone. My name is Ross Bagurdes, and welcome to my course, Introduction to Enterprise Network Infrastructure. I am a network engineer with more than 20 years' experience building enterprise networks and teaching people about them. Data networks use specialized hardware to move data from one point to another. Most hardware is designed to achieve a very specific task, so in this course we'll examine data networking hardware and its purpose, including wireless access points, cabling and its standards, routers, switches, as well as virtualized hardware. By the end of this course, you'll understand the purpose of different types of network cables, what a load balancer is and why we need it, as well as why we use metro Ethernet instead of T1 connections for modern WAN links. This course builds upon the content in Introduction to Networking and, upon completion, will allow you to move onto the third of five courses in this series, Network Management and Operations. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn network infrastructure with the Introduction to Enterprise Infrastructure course, at Pluralsight.