Students will examine the essentials of computer networking by comparing and contrasting industry-standard network models, services, transmission media, protocols, and architectures. They will design and construct computer networks using these models, services, transmission media, protocols, and architectures. Students will also analyze common maintenance, troubleshooting, and security practices used in modern networks. This course is preparatory for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. Prerequisite: NET 116 PC Servicing and Troubleshooting. NET 117 is a prerequisite for all Network Technology courses with a course number of NET 200 or higher.