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Introduction to Enterprise Network Infrastructure

This course will cover the basics of all the hardware and associated protocols used to move traffic between nodes on a network.
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Level
Intermediate
Updated
Sep 15, 2021
Duration
3h 32m
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Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Sep 15, 2021
Duration
3h 32m
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Description

There is a variety of networking hardware used to distribute network connections to end users. These include switches and routers, however there are other devices like wireless access points, modems, firewalls, load balancers, and gateways, just to name a few. This course, Introduction to Enterprise Network Infrastructure, will introduce you to data networking hardware and describe the associated protocols used for the hardware. Using the OSI model, first, you will examine physical layer technologies, looking at different types of copper and fiber optic connections. Next, you will look at Ethernet, a data link layer protocol, and understand it’s operation, as well as enhancements to ethernet like VLANs and port channel. Additionally, you will examine 802.11 wireless ethernet protocols and concepts. Then, you will move up to layer 3 and examine the role routers and routing protocols play. Finally, you will wrap up by examining other hardware used in networking like firewalls, gateways, load balancers and other devices. By the end of this course, you will have gained a better understanding of the basics of all the hardware and associated protocols used to move traffic between nodes on a network.

About the author
About the author

For nearly 20 years, Ross has taught and managed data networks.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello everyone. My name is Ross Bagurdes, and welcome to my course, Introduction to Enterprise Network Infrastructure. I'm 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 of this hardware is designed to achieve a very specific task. And in this course, we'll examine the data networking hardware required to accomplish this, including wireless access points, cabling, routers and switches, as well as other devices. By the end of this course, you'll understand the purpose of different types of network cables, Ethernet operation, how routers move packets, and what a load balancer is and why we need it. Before watching this course, you should understand the concepts presented in the Network Concepts and Protocols course. And after completing this second course in a five‑part series, you should feel confident moving on to the third course of this series, Network Management and Operations. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn networking with the Introduction to Enterprise Network Infrastructure course at Pluralsight.