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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

4 hours to complete

Obtaining Addressing Information Automatically

In this module, you will learn the purpose and benefits of using static and dynamic addressing in a network. You will use Packet Tracer to create a small wired network and enable the devices to automatically obtain the needed addressing information to connect to the network.

2 videos (Total 9 min), 7 readings, 4 quizzes
7 readings
About This Course10m
Cisco Packet Tracer10m
Assigning Addresses3m
Dynamic IPv4 Address Assignment3m
Where Do DHCP Addresses Come From?5m
How Does IPv4 DHCP Work?5m
DHCP Service Configuration5m
3 practice exercises
Static and Dynamic Address Assignments15m
PT Activity – Configure DHCP on a Wireless Router1h
Week 1 Quiz15m
3 hours to complete

Limitations of IPv4 and Transitioning to IPv6

In this module, you learn the benefits and limitations of the IPv4 addressing system and why NAT and IPv6 were implemented to address the limitations. You will use Packet Tracer to create and examine traffic for NAT translations.

6 videos (Total 41 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
Comparing IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing7m
IPv6 Differences8m
IPv6 Address Formatting4m
9 readings
Gateways to Other Networks5m
Who is on the Inside?10m
From IPv4 Private to Public Addresses10m
What is IPv6 and Why Do We Need It?5m
IPv6 to the Rescue5m
Change is Coming5m
The Number System1m
IPv6 Differences5m
IPv6 Address Formatting10m
3 practice exercises
PT Activity - Examine NAT on a Wireless Router1h
Activity - IPv6 Address Notation30m
Week 2 Quiz15m
3 hours to complete

Transporting Data Effectively and Efficiently

In this module, you will observe the interactions that occur between servers and clients as data is requested and transmitted over the network. You will learn how data is transported across the network and the protocols that are used to accomplish the tasks. Comparisons between the two transport layer protocols, TCP and UDP will be made.

4 videos (Total 23 min), 10 readings, 5 quizzes
10 readings
How do Clients and Servers Interact?5m
Requesting a Web Page5m
Serving Up Web Pages5m
Common Internet Services5m
Protocol Operations3m
TCP and UDP3m
Ensuring Reliable Delivery5m
No Acknowledgment Needed3m
Transport Layer Port Numbers5m
Destination and Source Port Numbers5m
5 practice exercises
Activity - Service to Client Request30m
PT Activity - The Client Interaction30m
Activity - Choosing a Transport Protocol30m
Activity - Improve Your Network Vocabulary15m
Week 3 Quiz18m
3 hours to complete

Common Network Services

There are numerous services requested and delivered over the network. Some may seem apparent while others are at work in the background providing needed services. In this module, you will learn about common network services and protocols such as email, web services, instant messaging, DNS, HTTP, HTML, SMTP, Telnet, and SSH.

4 videos (Total 8 min), 11 readings, 3 quizzes
4 videos
Using Telnet1m
11 readings
Translating Domain Names to IP Addresses3m
DNS Servers5m
Transferring Files3m
FTP Client Software3m
Using Telnet5m
Security Issues with Telnet5m
Email Clients and Servers3m
Email Protocols5m
Instant Messaging3m
Internet Phone Calls3m
3 practice exercises
Lab - Observing DNS Name Resolution1h
PT Activity - Observing Web Requests1h
Week 4 Quiz20m
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By UJMar 9th 2019

I have learn in this course is very basic things which is very confusing for me but thi course clear my all concept abut dhcp,natting etc.I am very thankfull to coursera to allow me this course.

By ABDec 15th 2017

In word word this is amazing.\n\nEvery thing which will train you for CCNA is inside this course the best discussion forms questions I ever found.\n\nSimply awesome must join right now !!


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About the Cisco Networking Basics Specialization

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