Network Fundamentals

This course will go over fundamental concepts of installing and configuring various network devices and the skills needed to recognize and understand network topologies and give the student the knowledge to provide feedback on network requirements.

Course Content

Network Contingency and Recovery


Networking Fundamentals
Transmission Media


Networking Fundamentals


Networking Fundamentals


Networking Fundamentals


Networking Fundamentals


Networking Fundamentals
Network Architecture


Networking Fundamentals
Network Devices


Networking Fundamentals
Wireless Protocols


Networking Fundamentals


Networking Fundamentals
Course Description

What Does the Network Fundamentals Course Entail?

This beginner-level Networking Fundamentals training course covers the concepts IT professionals need to begin their careers. It is a great starting point for anyone interested in learning entry-level networking skills and concepts. The course includes a complete overview of wired and wireless computer networks, devices, and protocols. By the end of this course, learners will have a complete understanding of all the up-to-date terminology in network security. Additionally, they should be able to:

  • Show ability to operate network equipment, including hubs, routers, switches, bridges, servers, transmission media, and related hardware.
  • Configure and optimize network hubs, routers, and switches (e.g., higher-level protocols, tunneling).
  • Understand the capabilities and applications of network equipment, including hubs, routers, switches, bridges, servers, transmission media, and related hardware.
  • Install and maintain network infrastructure device operating system software (e.g., IOS, firmware).
  • Implement and test network infrastructure contingency and recovery plans.
  • Install or replace network hubs, routers, and switches.
  • Provide feedback on network requirements, including network architecture and infrastructure.
  • The total course time for the Network Fundamentals training is one hour and 26 minutes, for which learners will receive two CEU/CPE and a Certificate of Completion.

    What Are the Prerequisites for the Network Fundamentals Course?

    As a beginner-level course, the Network Fundamentals training doesn’t have any prerequisites; there is no prior networking experience needed. However, access to virtual or hard network equipment for lab sections is needed, and Cisco Packet Tracer is recommended.

    Who Should Take Network Fundamentals Training?

    All IT and cybersecurity professionals need a solid foundation in networking skills. Individuals who are new to IT who want to learn the basics of networking, including the fundamentals of network devices, network protocols, network architecture, and tools used for monitoring and troubleshooting networks, will benefit from this course.

    Ideal participants include:

    Newly hired and entry-level IT employees, including help desk, PC support, and networking professionals. Technical professionals who want to strengthen networking skills before moving on to more advanced topics. Marketing and sales professionals who want to improve their communications with IT professionals or technical departments.

    Why Learn Network Fundamentals?

    Network security ultimately helps protect proprietary information from attack, so it is important for IT and cybersecurity professionals to have a strong foundation in network fundamentals, which this course provides.

    Additionally, having a basic understanding of networking is helpful for anyone who works with a computer, even those who are not in the IT or cybersecurity departments. Learning the fundamentals of networking does more than making better users of technology; it also gives them an understanding of why security procedures are what they are and an increased appreciation for their organizations’ technology professionals.

    Learning Network Fundamentals with Cybrary

    Every IT and cybersecurity position requires knowledge of how networking works and its protocols. Learning this important set of skills is essential, and Cybrary is here to help. In our Network Fundamentals training course, we make it easy and convenient for students to learn on their own time and schedule. All of our courses are online and self-paced, so anyone anywhere can learn IT skills to enhance their careers – even those who are already working full-time.

    Cybrary’s Network Fundamentals training course is a valuable beginner-level course that will help you get a great start on your technology career path.

    This course is part of a Career Path:
    IT Foundations
    Learn the foundational IT concepts essential to all cybersecurity roles, and stop wasting time trying to figure out where to get started. Too many beginners get discouraged navigating unreliable, outdated, and irrelevant information, making it feel impossible to know how to move forward. That’s why we’ve curated this IT foundations course, featuring thoughtful, bite-sized content from expert instructors who have helped thousands of other beginners grasp essential IT topics. Get ready to take your first steps into cybersecurity by diving into core IT concepts needed for any cybersecurity role.

    Instructed by

    Dustin Parry

    My current role is a network security engineer but like many of us in security, I wear many hats. I perform forensics, threat and network hunting, intel, malware analysis and remediation, vulnerability scanning and management, red teaming, along with helping to write and rewrite policies and guidelines.

    I’ve been in IT for over 10 years, everything from help desk, networking, hardware repair, and I finally moved into a security role a few years ago. One of my favorite things to do is phishing simulations.

    I grew up always interested in figuring out how things work and how to make them work in ways that may not have been intended. I graduated with my Bachelor’s in IT - Security in 2018 from Western Governors University. There I earned many industry certifications, including Comptia’s A+, Net+, Sec+, Linux+, Cisco CCENT, CCNA and CCNA Security, several CIW certs, LPIC-1 and the Infosec 4011. I’ve also been working towards my OSCP now that I’ve got a little more free time. When I’m not working in security, listening to security podcasts or researching the newest threats, I’m usually spending time with my daughter, taking photos or working on old cars. I love to hike and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.

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    Certificate of Completion

    Complete this entire course to earn a Network Fundamentals Certificate of Completion