The fastest way to IT certification Preparing for the exam N10-004
Network+, MCTS, MCSE+I
Congratulations on making the decision to attain a CompTIA Network+ (2009) certification. Network+ is the global, vendor-neutral certification and are trusted industry-wide as an accurate predictor of employee success. By earning this certification, you not only prove that you have the right skills and knowledge, but also the dedication and commitment to your IT career to continue learning.
About CompTIA Certifications
CompTIA certification programs are vendor neutral, entry-level certification intended for entering into the information technology industry. Many companies preferably hire people with certification and CompTIA certifications are the best route to get recognition for the skills and knowledge of novice IT professionals. Best known for the A+ certification, CompTIA offers many certification in key technology areas such as Network+ for network technology, I-net+ for Internet and Web technology, and Server+ for server technology. Many of the CompTIA certification are electives or prerequisites towards advanced certifications, such as Microsoft's MCSA and Novell's CNE.
The CompTIA Network+ certification is the sign of a competent networking professional. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification that proves a technician's competency in managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, installing and configuring basic network infrastructure. CompTIA's Network+ certification is intended to certify networking technicians with 18 to 24 months of experience. Attaining Network+ certification indicates that you know how to configure and install the TCP/IP client. This exam is vendor and product-neutral, covering a range of networking technologies. Network+ is an entry-level, vendor-neutral certification that you can achieve on your way to more advanced certifications, such as the Microsoft MCSE certification.
The exam N10-004 Network+ tests the knowledge and skills of networking professionals. It recognizes a technician's ability to describe the features and functions of the networking components. It also recognizes a candidate's ability to install, configure and troubleshoot basic networking hardware, protocols and services.
The table below lists the domains measured by this examination and the extent to which they are represented. CompTIA Network+ (2009 Edition) exams are based on these objectives.
Domain ---------------------- % of Examination
Network Technologies ----------- 20%
Network Media and Topologies --- 20%
Network Devices ---------------- 17%
Network Management ------------- 20%
Network Tools ------------------ 12%
Network Security --------------- 11%
Total ------------------ 100%
Skills required for CompTIA test N10-004 Network+ 2009
CompTIA has specified more than twenty-five objectives for the N10-004 test. These objectives are grouped under four topics. Following are the important areas in which an individual should possess good knowledge before taking the N10-004 test:
Identifying commonly used TCP and UDP default ports
Identifying the IPv6, IPv4, and MAC addressing formats
Identifying common IPv4 and IPv6 routing protocols
Identifying common connector types
Identifying common physical network topologies
Explaining common logical network topologies and their characteristics
Installing components of wiring distribution
Installing, configuring, and differentiating between common network devices
Implementing a basic wireless network
Identifying types of configuration management documentation
Evaluating the network based on configuration management documentation
Network monitoring to identify performance and connectivity issues
Implementing different network troubleshooting methodologies
What are the prerequisites for the Network+ (2009) N10-004 exam?
No prerequisites for writing the exam. Although, it is recommended that CompTIA Network+ candidates have at least nine months of experience in network support or administration or academic training, along with a CompTIA A+ certification.
What are the benefits to becoming a Network+?