This is the first in a series of courses designed to prepare you for the Cisco Certified Network Associate Exam. This course will introduce the basic components needed to understand data networks, including networking models and network addressing.
In this course, Introduction to Networking for Cisco CCNA, you will examine how basic human communication, like talking in person or on the phone, contains the same fundamental concepts used in moving data across a network. First, you will learn how to examine communication, and determine how to dissect it into components so it can be individually categorized and described. Next, you will learn how to break down communication into components, which will be of great benefit when understanding data networking, as there are many simple protocols which interact in complex ways. To accomplish this you will learn the TCP/IP and OSI models of networking, encapsulation, addressing, as well as what is called "chunks of information" at different points in the communication process. Finally you'll learn about the history and the birth of high speed data communications. By the end of this course, you'll know the OSI Model, TCP/IP Model, and you'll have an understanding of what encapsulation is as it relates to data networking.
Course Overview Hi, everyone. My name is Ross Bagurdes, and welcome to my course, Introduction to Networking for Cisco CCNA. I'm a network engineer with more than 20 years' experience building enterprise networks and teaching people about them. Data networking is a mysterious topic, full of strange language, concepts, ideas, and protocols that are all interconnected in an unusual way. But once we understand how to break down communication into its fundamental components, it becomes much easier to understand. In this course, we are going to dissect how humans communicate and introduce an organizational system to make all future understanding of data network operation easier. Some of the major topics we'll cover in this course are dissecting human conversations into their fundamental components, comparing those components to similar components in data networking, examine networking models used to categorize these network components, and then briefly examine the history and birth of high‑speed data communications. By the end of this course, you'll know the OSI model, TCP/IP model, and have an understanding of what data encapsulation is and how it relates to networking. Before beginning this course, you'll need a desire to learn data networking and an open mind to new terms and concepts. From here, you should feel comfortable diving into network addressing with the Network Layer Addressing and Subnetting course. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn data networking with the Introduction to Networking for the Cisco CCNA course at Pluralsight.