Networking

CCNA 7: Introduction to Networks

By Cisco Networking Academy


First step toward a networking career

Begin preparing for a networking career with this introduction to how networks operate.  This first course in the 3-course CCNA series introduces architectures, models, protocols, and networking elements – functions needed to support the operations and priorities of Fortune 500 companies to small innovative retailers. You’ll even get the chance to build simple local area networks (LANs) yourself.  You’ll have a working knowledge of IP addressing schemes, foundational network security, and be able to perform basic configurations for routers and switches. You’ll also earn a Networking Academy badge for completing this course.  No prerequisites required.

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Length: 
70 hours
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Cost: 
Determined by Institution
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Level: Intermediate
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Learning Type: Instructor-led
You'll learn these core skills

Build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IPv4 and IPv6 addressing schemes.

Configure routers, switches, and end devices to provide access to local and remote network resources and to enable end-to-end connectivity between remote devices.

Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer.

Configure and troubleshoot connectivity a small network using security best practices

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Accelerate your career with Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy is an IT skills and career building program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide. Self-paced courses are designed to take at your own pace, at any point in your career journey. More than 9 million people have joined Networking Academy and become a force for change in the global economy since 1997.
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"Don't be intimidated if you lack networking experience. Academy courses teach from the ground up. It's not easy, but when you come out, you have real-life skills that you can take directly to employers."
Kyle Thoms, NetAcad Alum
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Coursework

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Help from your peers

Once enrolled, you have access to student forums where you can ask questions and interact with instructors and peers. Also use our Facebook community, which has more than a million members available for support.

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Certificate of completion

Get a certificate of completion when you complete the course. Then add your coursework to LinkedIn so that hiring recruiters can find you for potential job opportunities.