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Home Networking for Technicians


Online Course Length: 8 hours | Course Price: $149
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Networking in simple terms anyone can understand

Designed specifically for ESTs, Electronic Systems Technicians, this course provides the knowledge necessary to integrate the many different network products available today. Learn networking principles, including design, components, installation, set-up, configuration and network security.


Students should be familiar with the operation of a computer and have basic knowledge of structured wiring.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the benefits of home networking
  • Explain the technology fundamentals of networking
  • List what questions to ask the clients
  • Describe the elements of a network design plan
  • Explain the steps to install and configure a home network
  • Explain and implement fundamental network security
  • Identify basic network testing and troubleshooting techniques

Learning Process and Evaluation

Each student receives a user name and password that provides private and monitored access to the online course.
Progression through the course is managed through an LMS (Learning Management System).
Each course is divided into 10 to 14 sections and at the end of each section the student is given a Quiz consisting of 5 to 10 questions randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 100% is required to progress to the next section. The student is notified which questions are correct or incorrect. The student can then review the materials and answer the questions again. There are unlimited attempts at each Quiz.
Upon completion of all the course material and section Quizzes, the student is required to take a 25 to 40 question Final Test randomly selected from a pool of questions. A score of 80% or better is considered a passing grade and the student will receive notification of his score. A Certificate of Completion will be available for the student to print when the Final Test is successfully completed.

Course Outline

1. Course Information

  • System Requirements
  • Navigating the Course
  • Course Learning Objectives

2. Introducing Home Networking

  • The Connected Home
  • Typical Home Network
  • Network Connection and Use

3. Benefits of a Home Network

  • Shared Internet Access
  • Integrated Technologies
  • The Networked Family
  • Certification

4. Safety, Tools, and Standards

  • Safety Considerations
  • Planning Tools
  • Rough-in Tools
  • Trim-out Tools
  • Testing Tools

5. Home Networking Technology

  • The Internet
  • Network Connection Path
  • Wireless
  • Cable Types, Specification and Termination

6. Components and Network Devices

  • Modem
  • Hub / Switch
  • Router
  • Wireless Access Point
  • Network Interface Card
  • Computers and Peripherals

7. Understanding TCP/IP

  • Network Protocols
  • TCP/IP Concepts
  • Device Addresses
  • Configuring and Obtaining IP Addresses

8. Designing a Home Network

  • Steps in the Design Process
  • Component Selection
  • Documentation

9. Installing a Home Network

  • Phases of Installation
  • Cable Termination
  • Device Installation
  • Documentation

10. Configuring and Managing the Router

  • Configuring the Router
  • Internet Access
  • Configuring a Wireless Router
  • Network Security
  • Remote Management

11. Configuring Operating Systems and Computers

  • Network Setup Processes
  • Access on the Network
  • DHCP Settings
  • Software and Hardware Tools

12. Connecting Network Devices

  • Steps to Connect Devices
  • Confirming Device Connectivity
  • Verifying Internet Access
  • Viewing Attached Devices

13. Securing the Home Network

  • Network Attacks
  • Set Up Network Protection
  • Security Software
  • Security Documentation

14. Troubleshooting the Home Network

  • Methodology
  • Common Wiring Problems
  • Top Ten Network Problems
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Educating the Customer

15. Course Summary