Comptia Network + Testing Guide

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What is Network+ Certification and What do Employers look for N+ Certification?

CompTIA Network+ Certification ---from Comptia Website The CompTIA Network+ certification is the worldwide standard for professionals with at least nine months of experience in network support or administration. A Network+ certification demonstrates your technical abilities in networking administration and support, and validates your knowledge of media and topologies, protocols and standards, network implementation, and network support. If you have nine months of network administration and support experience, Network+ is ideal for you. Network+ and Your Career Many corporations recommend or require the Network+ certification for their IT employees. Companies like CDW Computer Centers and CompuCom know the value of a Network+ certification and require it of their IT employees. NexInnovations relies on IT certififcations to validate the skills of their employees — "A+ is the foundation of NexInnovations' training and certification program. We look for certifications that cover the broadest number of makes and models. When we add Network+ and Server+ to the mix, our employees show a versatility that's hard to beat." "CompTIA A+ is the foundation of NexInnovations' training and certification program, but that's just the start. There's great value in Network+ and Server+ to round out the skill set and provide a solid career path for our employees." Domenic Creo, Director,Clients Operations Management, NexInnovations As the demand for skilled network support professionals grows, Network+ is quickly becoming the standard for networking competency. Network+ is the perfect entry point into a networking career.

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cellular phone.vue.Catherine Creary. some of the sites above has been and click “Test Center Locator”. 3. David Groth Read the book. Some of them are really helpful and some may not be useful at all. If you register online. Walk-in to your testing center could be easier. Mike Meyers. Student ID. pager. I will recommend any book from the publishers below. visit and more … There are hundreds of dump sites available. by the time you read this.Passport. 2. at separate www. you have to wait 24 hours to take the call VUE a t 1-877-551-7587 or call your testing site to register your test. Driver License. At one time some exam providers restricted those who pass the exam(s) from doing administration jobs. test administrators can’t be too smart.. Total Seminars Staff Network+ Study Guide . Most testing centers also accept walk-in registration. computers are too slow…. Don’t be surprised. work on computers and visit dump sites before taking exams. Ed Tittel Mike Meyers' A+ Certification Lab Manual.www. But check with your testing center’s availabilities. Some testing sites are noisy. The sites listed above are pretty good. bring you to the testing station and wish you good luck. you should be able to take the test in few minutes. They may also ask you to put your bag. Test administrator didn’t know what he/she is talking about: Test administrator “shouldn’t” know that much. Mike Harwood. For a list of VUE testing centers. They will collect the paper or pad when you finish your exam. 4. Job ID… Testing center should provide you with paper.freetestpractice. Tips and Tricks and some General Q&As 1. books. . pencil (or erasable pad). Good Reference Books (Make sure you pick the latest edition when available . What to bring to testing center? Two forms of ID. However. Their jobs were to check your Ids. Kent Beckert Network+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam N10-002). You can register online at www. any two --. So.) • • • • Network+ All-in-One Lab Manual. Couple of “good” sites had been cracked down by either Comptia or Microsoft..vue.

Can I reschedule my exam? Yes. 5. For the N+ exams (90 minutes) each. The fact is that testing centers get few dollars on your test. I will skip his/her questions or the entire site. But again. you may want to “clean up” yourself before starting your exam. The sites listed above are pretty good ones. doctor’s proof …The personal reason would be reviewed and determined by VUE. There are hundreds of dump sites. For third or consequence attempts. 8. 10. If I found out some mistakes from same author. your exam will be “disappeared” on the following day. some testing centers use classroom/lab or hallway for testing and do not have a proper enclosure to the testing area. The exceptions are (1) extreme situation.6 weeks of passing your exam. Couple of “good” sites had been cracked down by either Comptia or Microsoft. You may want to check with your friends or instructors for suggestions. 9. snow storm. Whenever you see any question/answer confusing. like hurricane. They don’t want to send their students to other schools. Testing center should be able to do it right before your exam time. Is there any break during the test? Yes and no. However. A lot of testing centers say the fees they collect from VUE can’t even cover the electricity for the computer. The only reason they maintain the testing is to provide a “one-stopshopping” for their prospect students.(2) unexpected personal reason. in most cases. flooding. you have to provide police report. Can I take the exam after the scheduled time? Most testing center will allow you to take the exam on the day you scheduled even though you come in late. VUE policy says one day in advance. How long do I wait to receive my certificate? You will receive your certificate and ID card within 4 . you are right. Too many mistakes from those dump sites. 6. challenge it and verify it. 7. check with book. . blackouts . Always carefully verify the questions and answers that someone like you are posted. If you have not received your materials after 8 weeks. You may “have to” go to restroom for some 4 hour exams (like Microsoft). you have to wait for 30 days. How long do I wait to retake the exam? You can retake the exam any time in case you do not pass at first attempt. according to Comptia. Some people received it in two weeks. You may have to pay a visit to the testing center first before registering your exam.. call Comptia at the number listed on your score report. The testing center can’t do anything about it. Some of them are really helpful and some may not be useful at all. Some use “old” computers for the testing. which one do you recommend? There are hundreds of dump sites available.Yes.

You spent hours searching online for answers.11g (wireless) and FDDI networking technologies.0 Media & Topologies 2. your teachers and everyone gave you different answers. As of April 2004.0 Protocols & Standards 3.More on Q&A: 1.1 Recognize the following logical or physical network topologies given a schematic diagram or description: • • • • • Star/Hierarchical bus mesh ring wireless 1. The first screen tells you totally different answer than you had been told. 802. How long the exam? 3.3 (Ethernet). It may come out to your surprise when you start your exam. Comptia may change the questions every once in a while. 802. What is the passing score? Most test takers ask about above questions.5 (token ring). 802.0 Network Support Total % of Exam 20% 25% 23% 32% 100.11b.00% 646 (out of 900) to pass DOMAIN 1. including: Speed • • • • Access Method Topology Media . How many questions? 2. Good thing is Comptia “finally” and “officially” puts-it-in-writing on its website. Insert with **italic** are new items appeared on the recent exams.0: Media and Topologies 1. the current N+ Exams: Network + (N10-002) 72 questions.2 Specify the main features of 802. The correct answer is – I don’t know.2 (LLC).0 Network Implementation 4. 802. Comptia works very hard to crack down those dump sites and cram books. Domain 1. Your friends. 90 minutes More on Exam objectives: Network Plus exam covers 4 modules as listed below.

speed.4 Identify the OSI layers at which the following network components operate: • • • Hubs Switches Bridges .3 Specify the characteristics (e. interoperability and naming conventions: • • • • TCP/IP IPX/SPX NetBEUI AppleTalk 2.0: Protocols and Standards 2.11g 802.1.4 Recognize the following media connectors and/or describe their uses: • • • • • • • RJ-11 RJ-45 AUI BNC ST SC USB and Firewire 1.3 Differentiate between the following network protocols in terms of routing.g. and functions of the following network components: • • • • • • • • • Hubs Switches Bridges Routers Gateways CSU/DSU Network Interface Cards/ISDN adapters/system area network cards Wireless access points Modems DOMAIN 2. cable type.2 Identify the seven layers of the OSI model and their functions 2.5 Choose the appropriate media type and connectors to add a client to an existing network.1 Give an example/identify a MAC address 2. features. 802. length.) of the following: • • • • • • • • 802.. topology.6 Identify the purpose. addressing schemes.3 (Ethernet) standards 10BASE-T 100BASE-TX 10BASE2 10BASE5 100BASE-FX Gigabit Ethernet 1. etc. 1.11b.

12 Define the function of the following remote access protocols and services: • • • • RAS PPP PPTP ICA 2.5 Define the purpose. Ipv6) and their default subnet masks. private networks 2.• • Routers Network Interface Cards 2. 2. DNS.0: Network Implementation . 2. WINS. Identify well-known ports.7 Identify the purpose of the following network services (e. function and/or use of the following protocols within TCP/IP: • • • • • • • • • • • • • IP TCP UDP FTP TFTP SMTP HTTP HTTPS POP3/IMAP4 TELNET ICMP ARP NTP 2.8 Identify IP addresses (Ipv4. NAT/ICS. capacity.g. circuit switching ISDN FDDI ATM Frame Relay Sonet/SDH T1/E1 T3/E3 OCx 2.13 Identify the following security protocols and describe their purpose and function: • • • • IPsec L2TP SSL Kerberos DOMAIN 3. DHCP/bootp.. media) of the following WAN technologies: • • • • • • • • • Packet switching vs. and SNMP) 2.g.10 Identify the differences between public vs.9 Identify the purpose of subnetting and default gateways.6 Define the function of TCP/UDP ports. speed.11 Identify the basic characteristics (e. 2.

3. authentication failure.e.g. DOMAIN 4.2 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a small office/home office network failure (e. protocol configuration.. physical connectivity etc. protocols.3. IP. NETBIOS/host name.7 Given a remote connectivity scenario (e. 3. 4. configure a client to connect to the following servers: • UNIX/Linux . benefits and characteristics of using a proxy. 3.0: Network Support 4.5 Identify the purpose and characteristics of fault tolerance. 3. file and print services.g.g. local security mechanisms.4 Identify the main characteristics of network attached storage. authentication.9 Identify the purpose. client support. DNS.). benefits and characteristics of using a firewall. etc. WINS.g. and security) of the following server operating systems: • • • • UNIX/Linux Netware Windows Macintosh 3.e. dial-up. 4.3 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a remote connectivity problem (e. select the appropriate NIC and network configuration settings (DHCP.. 4.6 Identify the purpose and characteristics of disaster recovery. 3.2 Identify the basic capabilities of client workstations (i. physical connectivity) identify the cause of the problem. 3.. Make sure not to “format” or “deltree” your hard disk. configure the connection. 3.11 Given a network configuration.3 Identify the main characteristics of VLANs. PPPoE. xDSL. You can play around those commands.10 Given a scenario..1 Given a troubleshooting scenario. cable. wireless. authentication. encryption. go to “Start”-“help” type MS-DOS Commands. application support.1 Identify the basic capabilities (i. blocking port numbers. IPX.). interoperability. POTS). and authentication). 3. 3. select the appropriate TCP/IP utility from among the following: • • • • • • • • Tracert Ping Arp Netstat Nbtstat Ipconfig/Ifconfig Winipcfg Nslookup If you are not sure about DOS commands. home satellite.8 Identify the purpose. etc. identify the cause of the failure. client connectivity.4 Given specific parameters.). predict the impact of a particular security implementation on network functionality (e.

or insufficient rights/permission). Those are easy and handy tools. you are ready. tone generator. DHCP. we used “PING. . identify the cause of the problem. You can simply from your Windows 2000 or XP click Start-help and type MS-DOS for a list of commands. link lights. exam. In fact. etc. optical tester. 4. bus. you may want to get into more details on 2000/xp Professional and Server materials. incorrect protocol/client software/authentication configuration. identify the network area effected and the cause of the problem.”. DNS.e. Believe me...11 Given a network troubleshooting scenario involving a client connectivity problem (e. 4. predict the impact of modifying. Now. you will find out that the Cisco commands and Linux commands won’t be that hard if you continue your certification journey. ping. interference. If you are going to take the Windows 2000/XP MCP exam(s).). Is DOS a dinosaur? No. TRACERT. or removing network services (e.. CHKDSK. a lot of guys pass the MCP exams with days after Network Plus exam. network hardware).g.. collision lights. bad media. 4. ipconfig. 4. and wireless) and including a network diagram. mesh. those are useful and may appear on your O. identify the cause of the problem (e.g. media tester/certifier. etc. ring.9 Given a network problem scenario. we used “DIR.g..).) on network resources and users. identify the utility and interpret the output. tracert.. In “earlier days”—20 years ago.• • • Netware Windows Macintosh 4. etc. Once you get a little more experience with DOS. wire crimper. This strategy includes the following steps: • • • • • • • • Establish the symptoms Identify the affected area Establish what has changed Select the most probable cause Implement a solution Test the result Recognize the potential effects of the solution Document the solution 4.5 Given a wiring task.g. star/hierarchical.6 Given a network scenario interpret visual indicators (e.) to determine the nature of the problem.. select the appropriate tool (e. Have a good night sleep and Good Luck for your test tomorrow! .g. punch down tool.S. etc. 4. 4.12 Given a network troubleshooting scenario involving a wiring/infrastructure problem. select an appropriate course of action based on a general troubleshooting strategy. WINS. It helps you a lot in preparing N+ exam.. adding.10 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a network with a particular physical topology (i. FORMAT …” 10 years ago.g.7 Given output from a diagnostic utility (e.8 Given a scenario.

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