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Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), English, Spanish, Persian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

3 hours to complete

Building a Home Network

In this module, you will compare different types of network connections, particularly those in a home network. Today's home networks consists of many different components that connect wirelessly through a router to the Internet. At the end of this module, you will be able to explain how Wi-Fi functions and how the home network manages all of those wireless conversations over the network.

12 readings, 1 quiz
12 readings
About this Course10m
Cisco Packet Tracer10m
Connecting Home Devices10m
Components of a Home Network10m
Typical Home Network Routers10m
The Electromagnetic Spectrum10m
LAN Wireless Frequencies10m
Wired Network Technologies10m
What is Wi-Fi?10m
Wireless Settings10m
Wireless Channels10m
Managing Multiple Conversations10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz30m
4 hours to complete

Module 2: Connecting to the Internet

In this module, you will setup a wireless home network and connect various wireless devices. You will also compare and contrast the various ways in which a home network can connect to an ISP for Internet services. A lab to change the wireless settings for a smartphone or other mobile device is included as well.

1 video (Total 2 min), 13 readings, 4 quizzes
1 video
13 readings
First Time Setup5m
Asking the Right Questions10m
Who Can Use My Network?5m
What is an ISP?5m
How Do I Connect to the Internet?5m
Cable and DSL Connections5m
Additional Connectivity Options5m
Mobile Devices and Wi-Fi5m
Wi-Fi Settings10m
Manually Configuring Wi-Fi Settings10m
Configuring Data Settings10m
Simple Connectivity with Bluetooth10m
Bluetooth Pairing10m
4 practice exercises
PT Activity - Configuring a Wireless Router and Client1h
Activity - ISP Connection Terms30m
Lab - Mobile Wi-Fi - Android and iOS30m
Week 2 Quiz10m
4 hours to complete

Module 3: Taking Security Seriously

In this module, you will learn about the various attacks

1 video (Total 1 min), 21 readings, 3 quizzes
21 readings
Why Do Hackers Target Wireless LANs?5m
Broadcasting the SSID5m
Changing Default Settings10m
Implementing MAC Filtering5m
Securing User Authentication5m
Can I Get In?5m
Encryption Techniques for Wireless5m
A Comprehensive Security Plan5m
What Do They Want?5m
Where Do They Come From?5m
You Want My Password?3m
Exploiting User’s Trust5m
When Software is the Problem3m
Malicious Programs10m
Activity - Virus, Worm, or Trojan Horse10m
Disrupting Network Services10m
Being Overwhelmed by Packets10m
Spyware is Watching You3m
Adware and Popups3m
Botnets and Zombies10m
Activity - Computer Threats10m
3 practice exercises
PT Activity - Configuring Basic Wireless Security45m
Activity - Security Threats15m
Week 3 Quiz28m
4 hours to complete

Module 4: Securing the Network & User Devices

In this module, you will learn about best practices in security to implement in a home network. Emphasis is placed explaining how the various security tools and operating system features are used to mitigate attacks. You are also exposed to how a simple firewall can be configured to filter or allow different types of traffic.

1 video (Total 3 min), 13 readings, 3 quizzes
13 readings
Security Practices and Procedures5m
Security Tools and Applications5m
Patches and Updates5m
Detecting Infections3m
Antivirus Software5m
Antispam Software3m
Additional Safeguards30m
Antispyware Software3m
What is a Firewall?3m
Permit or Deny?10m
Allowing in Some Friends5m
Port Forwarding5m
Port Triggering5m
2 practice exercises
Activity - Identify the Purpose of Each Security Tool15m
Week 4 Quiz15m
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About Cisco

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About the Cisco Networking Basics Specialization

Welcome to the Cisco Networking Basics Specialization. The five courses included in this specialization are designed for beginners in computing that want to understand the basics of how data is sent and received in a network and how small computer networks are created. People who may be in non-networking professions that want to understand how their home or small business networks actually work will enjoy this course. These courses introduce a variety of concepts, practice activities and simulations that help build the learner’s skills and understanding of computer networking. You will learn how to set up a basic home network, configure devices for connectivity, understand how communication takes place on a network, and what minimal best practices should be implemented to secure the network. Learners will also be introduced to Cisco IOS® software used to manage Cisco routers and switches. Previous networking knowledge is not required....
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