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Give students the technical skills and industry know-how to begin an exciting career installing, configuring, and troubleshooting computer networks with the completely updated NETWORK+ GUIDE TO NETWORKS, 7E. Prepare students for success on CompTIA’s Network+ N10-006 certification exam with fully mapped coverage of all objectives, including protocols, topologies, hardware, network design, and troubleshooting. This edition addresses the latest developing technology with new organization and features that make essential information easily accessible and help students visualize high-level concepts. New OSI layer icons visually reinforce the link between concepts and the OSI model. New and updated "On the Job" stories, Applying Concepts activities, Hands-On and Case Projects help readers further explore chapter concepts. The NETWORK+ GUIDE TO NETWORKS, 7E’s emphasis on real-world problem solving provides the tools students need to succeed in any computing environment.

Jill West,

Jill West brings a unique cross-section of experience in business, writing, and education to the development of innovative educational materials. She has taught multiple ages and content areas using a flipped classroom approach, distance learning, and educational counseling. Ms. West was instrumental in piloting a flipped classroom program for learning support courses at North Georgia Technical College, and she has more than a decade of experience working with Jean Andrews in textbook development. Ms. West and her husband, Mike, live in northwest Georgia where they homeschool their four children.

Tamara Dean,

Tamara Dean has worked in the field of networking for nearly 20 years, most recently as a networking consultant, and before that, as the manager of Internet services and data center operations for a regional ISP. She has managed LANs at the University of Wisconsin and at a pharmaceutical firm, worked as a telecommunications analyst for the FCC, and cofounded a local radio station. Well-published in networking, she is the author of Guide to Telecommunications Technology, Network+ CoursePrep Study Guide, as well as several previous editions of Network+ Guide to Networks and CompTIA Network+ In Depth all published by Cengage Learning.

Jean Andrews,

Jean Andrews has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, including more than 13 years in the college classroom. She has worked in a variety of businesses designing, writing, and supporting application software; managing a PC repair help desk; and troubleshooting wide area networks. She has written numerous books on software, hardware, and the Internet, including the bestselling A+ GUIDE TO MANAGING AND MAINTAINING YOUR PC, 8th Edition, and A+ GUIDE TO HARDWARE: MANAGING, MAINTAINING AND TROUBLESHOOTING, Sixth Edition. She lives in north Georgia.
  • NEW ORGANIZATION CONSOLIDATES SIMILAR CONCEPTS FOR EFFICIENT COVERAGE. New content structure enables deeper investigation of particularly rich concepts and skills from the latest Network+ N10-006 exam. This edition provides a stronger emphasis on security, troubleshooting, and virtualization with additional coverage of VLANs, enterprise networks, and fiber-optic technology.
  • NEW FEATURES MAKE ESSENTIAL INFORMATION EASILY ACCESSIBLE. New meaningful learning features integrated throughout each chapter help students visualize high-level concepts.
  • NEW "APPLYING CONCEPTS" ACTIVITIES HELP SOLIDIFY CONCEPTS FOR STUDENTS. These practical activities, embedded in each chapter, demonstrate concepts in action and highlight the relevance of what students are learning as they read through the chapter.
  • NEW OSI LAYER ICONS VISUALLY REINFORCE THE LINK BETWEEN CONCEPTS AND THE OSI MODEL. These helpful icons immediately direct students’ attention to key material that relates to the OSI conceptual model.
  • NEW AND UPDATED SKILLS-BASED PROJECTS ENCOURAGE HANDS-ON PRACTICE. Students refine important technical skills as they explore chapter concepts in depth and place the principles they are learning into industry context.
  • THE MOST UP-TO-DATE DISCUSSIONS AND PROJECTS ENSURE CURRENCY. This edition emphasizes emerging developments in computer technology and the latest operating systems, including Windows 8.1®, Windows Server® 2012 R2, and newer Linux applications.
  • CONTENT MAPS SEAMLESSLY TO COMPTIA’S NETWORK+ N10-006 CERTIFICATION EXAM. Prepare your students for success on the certification exam with this edition’s full-color presentation that provides in-depth coverage of all of the exam’s objectives.
  • "ON-THE-JOB" STORIES AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH CHAPTER PLACE CONCEPTS INTO REAL-WORLD CONTEXT. Intriguing workplace scenarios highlight the chapter’s technology and concepts while giving students unique insights into a variety of modern computing environments.
  • COMPTIA NETWORK+ EXAM ICONS DRAW ATTENTION TO MUST-KNOW CONTENT. These helpful icons, placed in the margins for quick reference, point out content students must master for CompTIA’s Network+ certification exam.
  • LEGACY NETWORKING BOXES PRESENT OLDER TECHNOLOGY THAT IS COVERED ON COMPTIA’S NETWORK+ CERTIFICATION EXAM. These historical references place current technology into context while familiarizing readers with important background for the exam.
  • EXTENSIVE LEARNING TOOLS ASSIST STUDENTS IN COMPREHENSION AND REVIEW. Easy-to-reference tables and bulleted lists, Key Terms, Chapter Summaries, and Review Questions save time in study. Applying Concepts activities, Hands-On Projects, and Case Projects as well as detailed appendices and a glossary support learning and provide ongoing reference.
Introduction to Networking.
How Computers Find Each Other on Networks.
How Data Gets Transported Over Networks.
Structured Cabling and Network Elements.
Network Cabling.
Wireless Networking.
Remote Access and Cloud Computing.
Network Risk Management.
Unified Communications and Network Performance Management.
Network Segmentation and Virtualization.
Wide Area Networks.
Industrial and Enterprise Networking.
Appendix A: Network+ Examination Objectives
Appendix B: Numbering Systems.
Appendix C: Visual Guide to Connectors.
Appendix D: CompTIA Network+ Practice Exam.
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"I loved the book and I’ll list 3 reasons although there are many more!1) It is written to the student’s level. Complete explanations without assuming prior knowledge yet not condescending in tone.2) It is current – the cert objectives are covered, yet the text give more information3) It is achievable – there is so much to cover in the topic, yet the author builds carefully on the knowledge to provide a comprehensive view, not just pieces and parts"

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Lab Manual

ISBN: 9781305093096
The Lab Manual contains more than 70 labs to provide students with additional hands-on experience and to help them prepare in detail for the Network+ Exam. The Lab Manual includes lab activities, objectives, materials lists, step-by-step procedures, illustrations, and review questions.

Instructor's Companion Web Site

ISBN: 9781305091139
Everything you need for your course in one place. This collection of book-specific lecture and class tools is available online. Simply visit and log in to access instructor-specific resources on the Instructor Companion Site. You’ll find the Instructor’s Manual, Solutions Manual, test creation tools, PowerPoint® Presentations, course syllabus, and figure files.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305108783
This flexible, online system allows you to author, edit, or manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions. Create multiple test versions in an instant. Deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

ExamConnection, 2 term (12 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305666351


Lab Manual

ISBN: 9781305093096
The Lab Manual contains more than 70 labs to provide you with additional hands-on experience and to help prepare you for the Network+ Exam. The Lab Manual includes lab activities, objectives, materials lists, step-by-step procedures, illustrations, and review questions.

ExamConnection, 2 term (12 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305666351