Computer Networking

The systems that run and enable our modern lifestyle—streaming, social media, AI search engines, VR and MP gaming—all depend on computer hardware and network devices. This is what our Computer Networking program is all about. The same devices that remain a mystery to most are what students in this program learn to understand and manipulate.

We prepare students to enter the computer networking field as a level I support technician. By using the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications as a guide, we provide a broad foundation which students can build upon to enter a career in the IT field. The entire program of study is a parade of topics that build upon one another. What is covered on the first day is needed to complete the last day.

Industry Certifications

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Students in this program of study can take either or both of the CompTIA ITF+ and A+ certification exams. Practice materials are provided during year one. The ITF+ exam is typically taken in the first year and the A+ exam in the second year.

Postsecondary Connections
  • College in the High School/Dual Enrollment
    • Harrisburg Area Community College
      • CNT120 Network Communications Technology 1 – Seniors, Spring Semester – 3 credits
  • Statewide Articulation Agreement – SOAR – details at collegetransfer.net

Instructor:

Stephen J. Kosman

skosman@acti-pa.org

Office: (717) 334-6254 Option #8

Adams County Technical Institute

1126 Old Harrisburg Road

Gettysburg, PA 17325

Computer Networking at ACTI

Learn how ACTI’s Computer Networking program gives students the skills and knowledge to successfully enter the computer networking field.

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Units of Study

Junior Year

  • Workspace knowledge and safety
    • ESD Procedures
    • Storage and disposal of materials
    • SDS
    • Fire and fire extinguishers
  • Tools and Equipment
    • PPE (102)
    • Hardware/hand tools
    • Network testing
    • Multimeters
  • Hardware specifications
    • Cases
    • Processor
    • Memory
    • Storage and storage media
    • e. Graphics
    • USB
    • Peripherals/expansion slots
    • NIC – wired and wireless
  • PC Building
    • Fasteners
    • Power supplies
  • System board
    • CMOS
    • Integrated / internal components
    • Cable management
    • I/O connections
    • Displays
  • BIOS\UEFI
  • Installing an OS – Windows
  • Configuring an OS
    • Drivers
    • Users
    • SecPol (local)
    • gpedit (local)
    • msconfig
    • Services
    • Task manager
    • Scheduled tasks
    • Batch files
  • Laptops
    • Disassembly/reassembly
    • Repair – Parts replacement
  • Disk Partitions
    • Secondary hard drive
    • Dual Boot/multiple OS systems
  • RAID arrays
  • Troubleshooting Windows systems
    • OSI – Introduction
    • Layers 5-7
  • Installing an OS – Linux
  • Virtualization
    • Windows VM
    • Linux VM
    • Host – VM shared resources
  • Basic network infrastructure
    • CAT5e cabling
    • Patch cables
    • Patch panels
    • MDF/IDF/Demark
    • Horizontal runs/vertical runs
    • Switches/routers – definitions
  • IPv4 introduction
    • Classfull addresses
    • Subnet mask
    • Gateway
    • DNS
    • Public/private
    • Static/DHCP
  • Peer-to-peer networks
  • Shared resources in Windows
    • Permissions
    • Security
  • Client server networks – Windows
    • Joining a MS Domain
    • GPO – Server
    • Domain vs local permissions
  • SOHO networks
    • Firewall/Pat/NAT
    • FTP
    • Media servers
  • Remote desktop
    • RDP/RDC
    • Third-party solutions
  • Wireless network – Basic
    • SSID
    • Encryption
    • Wireless broadcast standards
    • Security
  • Troubleshooting networks
    • OSI – Layers 1-7
    • Common network issues
  • Printers
    • Types
    • Laser printer cycle
    • Local vs. IP vs. network
    • Troubleshooting
  • Mobile devices
    • Android
    • iOS
    • MDM
  • Monitoring and control
    • Raspberry Pi\Arduino
    • Nmap
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Senior Year

  • Network Topography
    • Logical Diagrams
    • Physical Diagrams
    • Network Documentation
  • Cabling
    • Copper Specifications
    • Copper Terminations
    • Fiber Specifications
  • Windows Server Virtualization
    • DHCP
    • DNS
    • FTP
    • Web
    • Paas/SaaS
  • Domain Names and DNS
  • TCP/IP Protocols
    • TCP/IP Headers
    • ARP
    • ICMP
  • CLI Interfaces Switches/Routers
    • Default Routes
    • DHCP
    • Interface Configuration
  • Network Troubleshooting utilities
    • CLI
    • Wireshark
    • NMAP
  • Subnets
  • VLANs and Segmentation
    • Use of sub-interfaces
    • Trunking
  • PAT/NAT
  • Best Path Routing Protocols
    • IG/EG Protocols
    • RIP/RIPv2
    • OSPF
    • IS-IS
    • EIGRP
    • BGP
  • IP v6
  • ACLs
  • Infrastructure Basic Security
    • Physical
    • Local authentication
    • Chain of Custody
  • Remote Administration
    • Telenet
    • Radius
    • TACACS
  • WAN
  • VPN
  • WiFi Security
    • WEP
    • WPA/WPA 2
    • Personal vs Enterprise
    • Types of attacks
  • Network Maintenance
    • System images
    • MS MDT
    • Off-site backups