Building a Computer Network

Video description

More Than 7 Hours of Expert Video Instruction


Hands-on computer networking skills are highly prized in today’s job market. The Building a Computer Network LiveLessons video training course offers more than four hours of quick, hands-on, solutions-based instruction on installing and configuring modern networking devices, clients, and servers. Leading computer expert and trainer Dave Prowse brings together all the core knowledge you’ll need to build networks from the ground up.

Prowse’s eight well-organized lessons and 35 concise sublessons teach through live action demonstrations; video lab screencasts with specific objectives and lab diagrams; and screencasts with detailed explanations, tips, and guidance for verifying correct configurations.

Ideal for all aspiring and entry-level IT professionals, this course will also be an especially valuable complement for CompTIA Network+ and A+ certification preparation. If you’re ready to start or advance your networking career, the practical knowledge in Building a Computer Network LiveLessons will set you apart from your competitors.

Coverage includes
  • Planning and building networks
  • Building a network map with standard software tools
  • Exploring, installing, and configuring network hardware
  • Preparing and configuring a switch
  • Connecting and organizing cabling
  • Connecting computers, smartphones, tablets, and servers to your network
  • Setting up basic security
  • Installing Windows Server step by step, including Active Directory, DNS, and virtualization
  • Configuring Windows clients to access a Windows Server domain
  • Providing reliable and efficient backup/recovery services
  • Configuring network services for macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, and FreeBSD operating systems
  • Analyzing network traffic with WireShark
  • Monitoring networks with logs, baselines, and captures
  • Troubleshooting common problems
  • Learning key concepts for success with the CompTIA Network+ exam’s tough performance-based questions

About the Instructor

Dave Prowse is a computer specialist, technical trainer, and author of more than a dozen titles for Pearson, including books such as CompTIA A+ Exam Cram and Security+ Cert Guide, and videos such as A+ Complete Video Course. He has taught courses including CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ to more than 2,000 students, both in the classroom and via the Internet. Prowse’s training, videos, and books draw on his 20+ years of wide-ranging technology experience. He runs a support website for all of his products at

Skill Level

All levels

Learn How To

  • Build a computer network from the ground up
  • Develop an efficient, reliable IP network scheme
  • Set up and configure a Small Office/Home Office router
  • Log in to a router, update its firmware, and establish security
  • Configure IP networks, wireless networks, and switches
  • Set up cabling and patch panels, and build patch cables
  • Install and configure Windows Server
  • Configure Active Directory to manage users and services
  • Prepare Hyper-V virtualization
  • Configure Windows 10
  • Configure Windows 7 as a virtual machine
  • Set up storage, including RAID NAS hardware and Windows Server storage
  • Configure reliable backup systems
  • Configure Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS devices
  • Analyze and document your network

Who Should Take This Course

For all aspiring and introductory-level PC, help desk, or network technicians, and other entry-level IT professionals, especially those currently studying for Network+ or A+ certification.

Course Requirements

Requires a basic working knowledge of computers.

About Pearson Video Training

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Building a Computer Network: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Planning the Computer Network
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 1.1 Planning the Network
    3. 1.2 Mapping the Network
    4. 1.3 The IP Network Scheme
  3. Lesson 2: Setting up and Configuring the SOHO Router
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 2.1 Physical Set Up of the Router
    3. 2.2 Logging in and Updating the Firmware
    4. 2.3 Configuring the IP Network Part I
    5. 2.4 Configuring the IP Network Part II
    6. 2.5 Configuring the Wireless Network
    7. 2.6 Securing the Router
  4. Lesson 3: The Switch Cabling the Network
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 3.1 Configuring the Switch Part I
    3. 3.2 Configuring the Switch Part II
    4. 3.3 Patch Panel to RJ45 Jack Connections Part I
    5. 3.4 Patch Panel to RJ45 Jack Connections Part II
    6. 3.5 Building Patch Cables
  5. Lesson 4: Installing and Configuring Windows Server
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 4.1 Installing Windows Server
    3. 4.2 Configuring Windows Server
    4. 4.3 Configuring Active Directory Part I
    5. 4.4 Configuring Active Directory Part II
    6. 4.5 Preparing Hyper-V
  6. Lesson 5: Configuring the Windows Clients
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 5.1 Configuring Windows 10
    3. 5.2 Configuring Windows 7 as a Virtual Machine
  7. Lesson 6: Storage and Backup
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 6.1 Setting up a RAID NAS Box Part I
    3. 6.2 Setting up a RAID NAS Box Part II
    4. 6.3 Configuring Storage on the Windows Server
    5. 6.4 Connecting to Storage from a Client
    6. 6.5 Configuring Backup Systems Part I
    7. 6.6 Configuring Backup Systems Part II
  8. Lesson 7: Configuring More Operating Systems
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 7.1 Configuring the Mac
    3. 7.2 Configuring Linux
    4. 7.3 Configuring Android
    5. 7.4 Configuring iOS
  9. Lesson 8: Analyzing and Documenting the Network
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 8.1 Mapping the Network
    3. 8.2 Basic Analysis of the Server Network Part I
    4. 8.3 Basic Analysis of the Server Network Part II
    5. 8.4 Final Documentation and Cleanup

Product information

  • Title: Building a Computer Network
  • Author(s): Dave Prowse
  • Release date: July 2017
  • Publisher(s): Pearson IT Certification
  • ISBN: 0134783271