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Introduction to Networking

Learn the fundamental principles of networking by gaining insights into the structure and functioning of computer networks. The ideal starting point for individuals with limited or no prior experience in the field.

1 Day

Average time students take to complete this course.

Last updated: April 2024


You may not realize it but networking has changed how the world functions! Every action you do online, every small task or message that you send requires networking. So what better way than to learn how exactly it all works?

What you'll learn

  • Gain insights into the structure and functioning of computer networks
  • Understand the fundamentals of network security
  • Learn about different topologies
  • Understand IP addressing and fundamental networking commands

Why Learn Networking?

Understanding networking is essential in a tech-driven society, unlocking endless opportunities and driving innovation in an interconnected universe. Embrace networking to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

By gaining proficiency in the fundamental networking concepts covered in this course, you'll not only build a solid understanding of networking but also lay the groundwork for more advanced studies and practical applications.

Without networking you wouldn't even be able to visit your favourite online university (which is ZTM, obviously)!

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Most importantly, you'll be learning from an industry professional (Aleksa) that has actual real-world experience with networks and cybersecurity. He teaches you the exact information he uses in his role.

Finally, as with all ZTM courses, this course is a living thing. It will be constantly updated as the landscape changes so you can use it as your go-to resource for learning networking fundamentals now and throughout your career.

Join 1,000s of Zero To Mastery graduates that have gotten hired and are now working at companies like Google, Tesla, Amazon, Apple, IBM, JP Morgan, Facebook, Shopify + other top tech companies.

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And you have nothing to lose. Because you can start learning right now and if this course isn't everything you expected, we'll refund you 100% within 30 days. No hassles and no questions asked.

When's the best time to get started? Today!

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Course curriculum

Here's an overview of what you learn in this Networking course.


2 lectures

Byte FAQ


Exercise: Meet Your Classmates and Instructor


Introduction to Networking

28 lectures

What is Networking?3:44


Different Types of Networks5:07


LAN vs. WAN4:29


Understanding a Simple Network - Part 11:00


Mac Addresses3:14


Routers, Switches, Modems7:49


Client Server vs. Peer to Peer3:14


Understanding a Simple Network - Part 21:01


Star Topology2:26


Bus Topology2:41


Ring Topology2:33


Mesh Topology1:46


Hybrid Topology2:54


IP Addresses5:33




Common Networking Commands8:57


OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) Model3:22


What Is a Protocol?2:12












Other Common Protocols2:42


Understanding a Simple Network - Part 32:16


Types Of Network Threats4:19


Windows Firewall8:29


Understanding a Simple Network - Part 41:11


Where To Go From Here?

1 lectures

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Meet your instructor

Your instructor (Aleksa) isn't just an expert with years of real-world professional experience. He has been in your shoes. He makes learning fun. He makes complex topics feel simple. He will motivate you. He will push you. And he will go above and beyond to help you succeed.

Aleksa Tamburkovski

Hi, I'm Aleksa Tamburkovski!

Aleksa, a Zero To Mastery Academy instructor, is a Penetration Tester with 5+ years of experience in Ethical Hacking & Cyber Security. Aleksa's goal is to teach you the foundations of Ethical Hacking & Cyber Security.


Aleksa Tamburkovski

Ethical Hacker

Frequently asked questions

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

  • Nope! Just an enthusiasm and willingness to gain insights into the structure and functioning of computer networks.

Do you provide a certificate of completion?

We definitely do and they are quite nice. You will also be able to add Zero To Mastery Academy to the education section of your LinkedIn profile as well.

Are there subtitles?

Yes! We have high quality subtitles in 11 different languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Romanian, Arabic, Hindi, Portuguese, Indonesian, and Japanese.

You can even adjust the text size, color, background and more so that the subtitles are perfect just for you!

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