Networking Essentials


Networking Essentials

Essential Networking Skills Acquire fundamental networking knowledge and abilities that you can apply immediately, regardless of your prior experience in networking.

By Cisco Networking Academy

Mastering Networking Essentials: Your Path to Success

Networking is crucial for digital transformations. It helps with important business functions like handling critical data, ensuring cybersecurity, and more. Many careers rely on networks, so understanding how they work and how to safeguard them is essential.

This course is perfect for developers, data scientists, cybersecurity experts, and other professionals looking to expand their knowledge of networking. It’s also great for students exploring various career paths, from cybersecurity to software development and beyond. You can earn a Networking Academy digital badge for completing the instructor-led version of this course, and no prior knowledge is needed.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Learn to set up home or small business networks with wireless technology and internet connectivity.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities using the Cisco Packet Tracer.
  • Gain hands-on experience diagnosing and resolving network and internet connectivity issues.
  • Identify and mitigate security risks in home networks.
  • English speakers can access the updated self-paced course, now called the Network Technician Career Path, on Cisco Networking Academy’s Skills for All platform.


Experience interactive lessons with practice labs, activities, videos, and quizzes. Finish with a final exam to test your knowledge.


Join student forums to ask questions and connect with instructors and peers. Network with alumni on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Proof of Completion

Get a certificate, attendance statement, or digital badge when you finish. Share your accomplishments on social media or your resume.

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Cisco Networking Academy is a program that helps people and schools all around the world to learn IT skills and build their careers. The courses are self-paced, meaning you can learn at your own speed, no matter where you are in your career. For more than 20 years, Cisco Networking Academy has helped 15.1 million students in 180 countries by offering education, technical training, and career guidance.