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31 Days Before Your CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam: A Day-By-Day Review Guide for the N10-006 Certification Exam


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• A Day-By-Day Review Guide for the N10-006 Certification Exam
• A practical way to commit to taking the cert exam in one month and understand the process
• A way to review key points of any related networking course information with a specific focus on the exam objectives
• Provides instructors with a creative way to present relatively dry topics using the book and Digital Study Guide format
• Empowers individuals to fit cert exam studies into an otherwise busy schedule with a daily timeline


  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 336
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5647-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5647-3

31 Days Before Your CompTIA® Network+ Certification Exam

31 Days Before Your CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam offers you a friendly, practical way to understand the Network+ certification process, commit to taking the Network+ N10-006 exam, and finish your preparation using a variety of Primary and Supplemental study resources.

The fully updated Network+ N10-006 exam tests the knowledge and skills needed to configure, manage, and troubleshoot network devices; design basic networks; establish connectivity; identify problems; enforce security; and work with standards, protocols, and documentation.

Sign up for the exam and use this book’s day-by-day guide and checklist to organize, prepare, and review. Each day in this guide breaks down an exam topic into a manageable bit of information to review using short summaries. Daily Study Resources sections provide quick references for locating more in-depth treatment within Primary and Supplemental resources.

·         This book’s features help you fit exam preparation into a busy schedule:

·         Visual tear-card calendar summarizing each day’s study topic

·         Checklist for tracking your progress in mastering exam objectives

·         Description of the Network+ N10-006 exam organization and sign-up process

·         Strategies to prepare mentally, organizationally, and physically for exam day

·         Conversational tone to make study more enjoyable

Primary Resources:

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Cert Guide

ISBN: 978-0-7897-5408-0

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Complete Video Course 

ISBN: 978-0-7897-5472-1

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Cram, Fifth Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7897-5410-3

Supplemental Resources:

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Hands-on Lab Simulator

ISBN: 978-0-7897-5517-9

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Flash Cards and Exam Practice Pack

ISBN: 978-0-7897-5464-6

To enhance your preparation, upgrade to the Digital Study Guide, a media-rich web edition that includes mobile-friendly ebook, videos, interactive exercises, and Check Your Understanding questions. See offer inside. A sample is available to preview at www.pearsonitcertification.com/title/9780134426358.


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Table of Contents

Introduction xx

Day 31: Network Devices 1

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 1

Key Topics 1

Common Network Devices 1

Specialty Devices 2

    Firewalls 2

    IDS and IPS 3

    Proxy Server 5

    Load Balancer 5

    Packet Shaper 6

    VPN Concentrator 6

Study Resources 7

Day 30: Network Services and Applications 9

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 9

Key Topics 9


    Types 9

    IPsec and IKE 11

    Other VPN Technologies 12

Remote Access Services 12

    AAA Services 13

    Microsoft’s RAS 14

    Other Remote Access Services 14

Unified Communications 14


DNS 17

NAT 18

Study Resources 20

Day 29: WAN Technologies 23

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 23

Key Topics 23

Packet Switching and Circuit Switching 23

WAN Link Options 24

    Home and Small Office 25

    Wireless 29

    SONET 30

    Dedicated Leased Lines 31

    Enterprise WANs 32

Study Resources 35

Day 28: Cable Installation 37

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 37

Key Topics 37

Copper 37

    Copper Cables 37

    Copper Connectors 40

Fiber 42

    Fiber-Optic Cables 43

    Fiber Connectors 44

Media Converters 45

Tools 45

Study Resources 48

Day 27: Network Topologies and Infrastructure 49

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 49

Key Topics 49

Network Topologies 49

    Bus 49

    Ring 50

    Star, Extended Star, and Hub-and-Spoke 51

    Full and Partial Mesh 53

    Client-Server and Peer-to-Peer 55

Network Infrastructures 57

    PANs 57

    LANs and WLANs 57

    CANs 58

    MANs 59

    WANs 59

Other Network Infrastructures 59

    Industrial Networks 59

    Medianets 60

Study Resources 61

Day 26: Implement IPv4 Addressing 63

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 63

Key Topics 63

Local Addressing 63

    MAC Addresses 63

    Collision and Broadcast Domains 63

IPv4 Addressing 64

    IPv4 Address Structure 64

    Private and Public IP Addressing 66

    IPv4 Address Types 66

Subnetting in Four Steps 68

    Determine How Many Bits to Borrow 68

    Determine the New Subnet Mask 69

    Determine the Subnet Multiplier 69

    List the Subnets, Host Ranges, and Broadcast Addresses 69

    Subnetting Example 1 70

    Subnetting Example 2 70

    Subnetting Example 3 71

VLSM and Classless Addressing 71

Study Resources 74

Day 25: Implement IPv6 Addressing 75

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 75

Key Topics 75

IPv6 Addressing Overview 75

Representing the IPv6 Address 76

    Conventions for Writing IPv6 Addresses 76

    Conventions for Writing IPv6 Prefixes 77

IPv6 Address Types 78

    Global Unicast Addresses 79

    Link-Local Addresses 79

Configuring IPv6 Addressing 80

    EUI-64 Concept 81

    Stateless Address Autoconfiguration 82

Migration to IPv6 83

    Dual-Stack 83

    Tunneling 83

Study Resources 86

Day 24: Routing Concepts 87

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 87

Key Topics 87

Static and Default Routing Overview 87

Dynamic Routing Protocols 88

    Route Redistribution 90

    IGP and EGP Routing Protocols 90

    Distance Vector Routing Protocols 90

    Link-State Routing Protocols 91

    Classful Routing Protocols 91

    Classless Routing Protocols 91

Dynamic Routing Metrics 92

Administrative Distance 93

Routing Loop Prevention 94

Link-State Routing Protocol Features 94

    Building the LSDB 95

    Calculating the Dijkstra Algorithm 95

    Convergence with Link-State Protocols 96

Route Aggregation 97

High Availability 98

Study Resources 99

Day 23: Unified Communications, Virtualization, and Cloud 101

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 101

Key Topics 101

Unified Communications 101

Quality of Service 105

Virtualization 107

    Server Virtualization 108

    Networking Device Virtualization 109

    Software-Defined Networking 110

Cloud Concepts 111

Storage Area Networks 112

    Directly Attached Storage 112

    Network-Attached Storage 112

    Fibre Channel 113

    Fibre Channel over Ethernet 113

    iSCSI 114

Study Resources 115

Day 22: Network Design and Documentation 117

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 117

Key Topics 117

Network Design 117

    Sample Design Approach 117

    Design Considerations for Layers 1, 2, and 3 118

    Wireless Design Considerations 119

Documentation 119

    IP Addressing Scheme 119

    Network Diagrams 120

    Baselines 122

    Asset Management 122

    Policies and Procedures 122

Study Resources 123

Day 21: Network Monitoring and Metrics 125

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 125

Key Topics 125

Types of Metrics 125

SNMP 127

    SNMP Message Types 127

    SNMP Versions 128

    The Management Information Base 128

Syslog 130

    Syslog Operation 130

    Severity Levels 130

    Syslog Message Format 131

Port Scanners 132

    Packet Sniffers 133

    Packet Flow Monitors (NetFlow) 133

Study Resources 136

Day 20: Network Segmentation, Patches, and Updates 137

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 137

Key Topics 137

Network Segmentation 137

Patches and Updates 139

Study Resources 140

Day 19: Switch Configuration 141

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 141

Key Topics 141

Evolution to Switching 141

    From Bridges to Switches 141

    Switch Types 142

Switching Logic 142

Basic Switch Configuration 143

AAA Configuration 145

Link Aggregation Configuration 146

    LACP Modes 146

    Configuring EtherChannel 147

Port Mirroring Configuration 148

Study Resources 148

Day 18: STP, VLANs, Trunking, and VTP 151

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 151

Key Topics 151

STP and RSTP Concepts and Operation 151

    STP Algorithm 152

    STP Convergence 153

    Port Costs 154

    RSTP Operation 155

    RSTP Port Roles 155

VLAN Concepts 156

    Reasons for and Benefit of Using VLANs 156

    Types of VLANs 157

    Trunking VLANs 158

VTP Concepts 159

    VTP Modes 160

    VTP Operation 160

    VTP Pruning 161

Study Resources 162

Day 17: WLAN Implementation 163

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 163

Key Topics 163

WLAN Features 163

    Frequencies 163

    Transmission Methods 164

    Channels 165

    Antennas 166

WLAN Topologies 167

WLAN Devices 167

    Wireless Routers 167

    Wireless Access Points 168

    Wireless LAN Controllers 169

    Wireless Bridge 170

Wireless Installation 170

    Channels and Frequency Bands 171

    Wireless Site Surveys 172

    Wireless Router Configuration 172

Study Resources 175

Day 16: Risks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities 177

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 177

Key Topics 177

Denial of Service 177

    Distributed DoS 178

    Reflected and Amplified Attacks 178

Other Attack and Threat Terminology 179

Wireless Attacks 180

Vulnerabilities 181

Risk Management 182

Study Resources 183

Day 15: Hardening Devices 185

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 185

Key Topics 185

Anti-malware Software 185

Device Hardening 185

    Disable Unused Network Services 186

    Use Secure Protocols 186

    Configure Switch Port Security 186

User Authentication 188

Data Integrity and Hashing 189

Wireless Security 190

Study Resources 190

Day 14: Physical Security, Firewalls, Access Control, and Forensics 193

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 193

Key Topics 193

Physical Security 193

Firewalls 194

Firewall Placement and Configuration 196

Access Control Models 197

Forensic Concepts 198

Study Resources 199

Day 13: Network Models 201

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 201

Key Points 201

The OSI and TCP/IP Models 201

    OSI Layers 202

    TCP/IP Layers and Protocols 203

Data Flow Through the Layers 203

Study Resources 204

Day 12: Network Theory 207

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 207

Key Topics 207

The TCP/IP Application Layer 207

The TCP/IP Transport Layer 207

The TCP/IP Internet Layer 208

The TCP/IP Network Access Layer 208

    Collisions 209

    Transmission Techniques 209

    End-to-End Communication 210

Numbering Systems 211

Study Resources 212

Day 11: Wired and Wireless Standards 213

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 213

Key Topics 213

Ethernet Standards 213

    Wired Standards 213

    TIA/EIA 568A and 568B Standards 214

Wireless Standards 215

Study Resources 217

Day 10: Implement Policies, Procedures, and Safety Practices 219

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 219

Key Topics 219

Policies and Procedures 219

Safety Policies 220

Study Resources 222

Day 9: Best Practices and Change Management 223

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 223

Key Topics 223

Best Practices 223

Change Management 224

Study Resources 226

Day 8: Implement Ports and Protocols 227

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 227

Key Topics 227

Transport Protocols: TCP and UDP 227

    TCP and UDP Headers 228

    Error Recovery 228

    Flow Control 229

    Connection Establishment and Termination 230

    UDP 231

Port Numbers 231

Study Resources 234

Day 7: Troubleshooting Methodology 235

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 235

Key Topics 235

Identify the Problem 235

Establish a Theory 236

Test the Theory 236

Establish a Plan of Action 236

Implement the Solution or Escalate 237

Verify the Solution and Implement Preventative Measures 237

Document Findings, Actions, and Outcomes 237

Study Resources 237

Day 6: Troubleshooting Tools 239

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 239

Key Topics 239

Command-Line Tools 239

    The ipconfig Command 240

    The tracert Command 241

    The ping Command 242

    Windows pathping Command 244

    The arp Command 245

    The netstat Command 247

    The nbtstat Command 250

    The nslookup Command 250

    The Cisco show mac-address-table Command 252

Hardware and Software Tools 252

Study Resources 253

Day 5: Troubleshoot Wireless Issues 255

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 255

Key Topics 255

Wireless Transmission Issues 255

Wireless Configuration Issues 257

Study Resources 258

Day 4: Troubleshoot Copper and Fiber Cabling Issues 259

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 259

Key Topics 259

Common Copper Cable Issues 259

Common Fiber Cable Issues 260

Study Resources 261

Day 3: Troubleshoot Network Issues 263

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 263

Key Topics 263

Physical Layer Issues 263

Data Link Layer Issues 264

Network Layer Issues 265

Study Resources 266

Day 2: Troubleshoot Security Issues 267

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 267

Key Topics 267

Security Configuration Issues 267

Other Security Issues 268

Study Resources 269

Day 1: Troubleshoot WAN Issues 271

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Exam Topics 271

Key Topics 271

Common WAN Issues 271

Study Resources 273

Exam Day 275

What You Need for the Exam 275

What You Should Receive After Completion 275

Summary 276

Post-Exam Information 277

Receiving Your Certificate 277

Examining Certification Options 277

If You Failed the Exam 278

Summary 278

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