Welcome to the first of five courses in the Cisco Networking Basics Specialization.
This course is developed by the Cisco Networking Academy. Cisco Networking Academy is an IT skills and career building program that connects millions of students, educators, and employers worldwide. Cisco partners with learning institutions worldwide to deliver technical training and problem-solving experiences to individuals studying networking, security, and IoT technologies. We've helped more than 6 million people prepare for IT careers since 1997.
Have you ever wondered how you are able to open a web page from a server that is located in another country or how you are able to send documents and videos to the intended recipient without it going to the wrong device? In this course, you will be introduced to the fundamentals concepts of computer networking. More importantly, by the end of this course, you will understand how data travels in your home network.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
1. Explain how data networks work.
2. Define basic data networking terms.
3. Explain what is needed for devices to have network connectivity or Internet access.
4. Use the Cisco Packet Tracer simulation and modeling tool to build and test a small data network.
5. Identify the devices and component on your home network.
6. Build a simple peer-to-peer network.
Communicating in a Connected World In this module, you will learn how we communicate in a connected world. You will discover the basics of what makes the Internet work and explore your own home network.
Getting Online In this module, you will learn the basic requirements of getting online. Activities will focus on how to configure and adjust the address settings of devices to allow for network and Internet connectivity.
Exploring Networks with Packet Tracer In this module, you will learn how to use Cisco Packet Tracer network simulation and visualization program. By the end of the module, you will be able to build a simple network in Packet Tracer and observe how data flows in the network.
Building a Simple Peer-to-Peer Networking In this module, you will learn the building blocks of a simple network and how to test for connectivity in the network. At the end of this module, you will build and test connectivity in your own peer-to-peer network.
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