Network Fundamentals

Networking is a fundamental foundation for all IT professionals. Advance your knowledge in our 1-week long Network Fundamentals crash course.

Upcoming Start Dates: 

Week of December 14


week duration

monday-friday (8:30am-5pm)



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About our 1-Week Course

This crash course is primarily for our Cyber Cloud applicants that do not have the required CompTIA Network+ certification. Completing the course and passing the exam will satisfy the Cyber Cloud prerequisite.

This course is also for those considering enrollment at Rackspace Cloud Academy. You will get a taste of what it’s like in the classroom, gain some exposure to networking, and ultimately decide if you have what it takes to embark on a career in IT.

Seating based on availability. Cyber Cloud applicants will receive priority.


  • Complete your online application
  • Complete our Aptitude Assessment:
  • Must be able to attend all 5 days of the Network Fundamentals Crash Course
  • Purchase & bring your “CompTIA Network+ N10-007 Cert Guide
    (Amazon or local bookstore)

  • Must take Network Fundamentals Exam on Day 5.

Optional Preparation

  • RCA Primer Introduction Video
  • Professor Messer – CompTIA Network+ N10-007 Training Course
  • Crash Course Textbook: CompTIA Network+ N10-007 Cert Guide
    • Network Fundamentals Crash Course Agenda (topics covered in class):
      • Network Fundamentals: Purpose for networking, Topologies
        (LANs, WANs, PANs)
      • OSI Model: The 7 layer model, and TCP/IP model
      • Network Components: Cable Standards, Devices, Special Network Devices
      • Ethernet Basics: Network Interface Cards, Ethernet Switches, VLANs. Spanning Tree
      • Binary Conversion: Decimal to Binary, and Binary to Decimal, HEX conversion.
      • Routing: Routers and routing tables, Routing Protocols, NAT, IP and ICMP
      • WANs: PPP, Connection Types, CSU/DSU
      • Command Line Tools: ipconfig, ping, netstat..
      • Network Security: Firewalls, IDS and IPS, Vulnerabilities