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Studying for the Network+ exam

My thoughts and plans on studying for the CompTIA Network+ exam.

Network knowledge plays a huge role in Cyber Security.
Knowing about how a network works, what ports are, and how the different protocols come into play, you will be lost.

All Security Experts told me to start with network technology. So that’s what I do!

As I don’t have a background in computer science, I try to get as many certificates as possible under my belt.

When you look into certifications in the IT field, you can’t get past CompTIA. They offer a lot of certificates and are well-liked in the industry.

The CompTIA Network+ is a basic certificate that covers the topics of Network Concepts, Infrastructure, Network Operations, and Security.

Sometimes you just have to get through it

I have to admit, simply studying Network stuff is not my idea of fun. I have to pull myself up to do it.

Don’t get me wrong, nearly everything I learn helps me in one way or another understanding other topics or in CTF’s.
But learning the pure theory can be a little boring.

That is another reason for me getting the certificate. This way I have a goal I’m learning towards and that keeps me motivated.

My Study Material

CompTIA offers a lot of preparation materials, books, and courses. They also have labs where you can practice the practical aspects of the exam objectives.

I going to start with free study material to learn the basics before deciding what books or training I need to buy.

While looking for information about networks I stumbled upon Professor Messer. This man rocks!
He has tons (and I mean TONS) of videos and other stuff for CompTIA courses, including the Network+.

He makes awesome and so easy to understand videos about all the important topics. And although I learn better when reading, I decided to start with his video-series.

The video-series for the Network+ is nearly 13 hours long, split into little videos of a few minutes up to 20 minutes. Easy to digest and to understand.

Next to the videos, Google is my best friend (as usual). 
While watching the videos, if something comes up I don’t understand I look it up.

The timeframe

I am not good with strict schedules. So my study schedule is more of a loose suggestion with a deadline to ensure that I am not totally lagging behind.

My goal is to take the exam this year, the earlier the better, but if it takes until December 31st I am still happy ūüėČ
Remember I am a total noob.

There are 5 major topics to study for the Network+ exam. 


Network Concepts

  • Port & Protocols
  • The OSI Model
  • Routing & Switching
  • Network Addressing
  • Network Topologies
  • Wireless Technologies
  • Cloud Technologies

Network Infrastructure

  • Cabling
  • Network Devices
  • Advanced Networking Devices
  • Virtualization
  • WAN Technologies

Network Operations

  • Documentation
  • Business Continuity
  • Network Monitoring
  • Remote Access
  • Best Practises

Network Security

  • Physical Security
  • Access Control
  • Wireless Network Security
  • Network Attacks
  • Device Hardening
  • Mitigation

Network Troubleshooting

  • Network Troubleshooting
  • Network Tools
  • Software Tools
  • Wired Network Troubleshooting
  • Wireless Network Troubleshooting
  • Network Service Troubleshooting

Final thoughts

Without further ado, I start my study session now. 
Everything else, like maybe a detailed learning schedule, etc. is going to come later when I can better determine how much time I really need to understand all the stuff. 

What I already now is, that I want to make an article series about everything I learned. Maybe you want to follow along? 

The first topic will be “Ports and Protocols”.