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The ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network)
(leading to ExpertRating Computer Networking Training Certification-Office Network).

A network for your business office makes a lot of sense because it allows you to easily and effortlessly share information and peripherals (such as printers, drives, and Internet connections). No matter what computer you use in your network, you will always have access to the information and resources you need at hand. Windows XP Professional Edition makes it easy for you to connect computers together. But once you have Windows XP, where do you go from there?

This course shows you the ins and outs of building a small office network with Windows XP Professional Edition. We start with all the networking terms, and then use those terms to identify the hardware and software you need to build your network. Once you have everything you need, you'll learn how to install your networking hardware and how to configure Windows XP Pro so your network computers can talk to each other. You'll discover the secret to properly configuring printers and other peripherals, and you'll learn how to manage and maintain your Windows XP Pro network and keep it secure.

Buy the ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network)- $129.99

This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor for this course will be Eric Butow.

Eric Butow

About the ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) instructor : Eric Butow has over seven years of experience in technical communication, Web design, and creating small networks, and he uses Windows XP in his own small network. He is the author of Master Visually Windows 2000 Server, the co-author of Teach Yourself Windows 2000 Server, and the technical editor of Cliffs Notes Setting Up a Windows 98 Home Network. Eric holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech communication.

 Online Computer Networking Course requirements: For taking this instructor led ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) you need Completion of Introduction to Windows XP or equivalent experience, Internet access, e-mail, two or more computers running Windows XP Professional Edition, and the and the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser.

 Testimonials: The ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) has received overwhelming positive feedback and reviews from students around the world. Here are a few:

"I appreciate the valuable information I have collected with these 12 lessons. Even though I did not set up any networking, the lessons/quizzes helped me see more clearly thru the networking blur I suffered for years."

"I enjoyed the class. It was very informative and enjoyable. Thank you."

"I have set up a peer to peer network with 3 computers--two running Windows XP and one running Windows 98. It is starting to make more sense now."

"It was a very helpful course and I do highly recommend it to others and will do so."

"It was just the right information I was looking for to set up a home network. I liked the XP troubleshooting and maintenance info too."

"Thanks Eric for a very well written and responsive course. Just wanted to express my gratitude. Everything was succinct, relevant and methodically organized tailoring the learning process into a comfortable fit, not too tight and not too loose. Now I have another suit of skills to wear and one that can be mixed and matched with other suits in the closet. On top of all that, I enjoyed the course."

"The course has been great. I have been able to establish a home LAN connecting 3 different PCs."

"This was a very good and intense networking course. I did not set up home networking but found the information valuable for reference."


Buy the ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network)- $129.99

ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network)

(leading to ExpertRating Computer Networking Certification)

 ExpertRating is one of the world's only ISO 9001:2000 Certified companies (from TUV America) offering  an ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) (leading to ExpertRating Computer Networking Certification).


ExpertRating is a trusted name in online testing and certification with over 200,000 certified professionals in over 60 countries in more than 200 skill areas. ExpertRating offers its testing services to the world's best companies such as Convergys Corp, UPS, GAP, Sony, Coke, Citrix, Deltek Corp, IKEA Systems and Ericsson to name a few. See where ExpertRating Certified Professionals are working.

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When you choose the ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) you can be sure that you are buying a premium International certification that is recognized by hundreds of employers and Government bodies in the US and other countries.


 With ExpertRating you get certified quickly online and you are equipped with a store house of information through the in-depth ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) Courseware which has been developed by experienced Networking and Security Experts.

 The ExpertRating Computer Networking Training Certification (Office Network) is by far the best value for money instructor led Computer Networking Program at $129.99.


Some Popular questions and answers about this ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) and Certification:

 How much does the Computer Networking Certification cost and what does it include?

You can buy this ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) leading to Computer Networking Training certification (Office Network) at a special offer price of only $129.99 which includes the in-depth ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) Courseware and exam fee. This is the best value for money Computer Networking Program available till date. You get the following services within the USD $129.99 fee.

     In-depth ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) Courseware including scenarios and case studies.

     An instructor to guide you through the course and to whom you can direct your questions.

     World wide airmail delivery of the hard copy Computer Networking Certificate. The Computer Networking Certificate can be used to prove your certified status and does not mention the words "online".

     An online transcript that can be used to prove your certified credentials on the internet at any time.

ExpertRating  Creating a Small Office Network Certification

How do I get certified?

The process of getting yourself certified is very simple. All you have to do is buy the ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) for $129.99. Log in to the instructor led course using your password. Go through the ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) Courseware (which would take you 6 weeks) and complete the final Computer Networking Certification exam at your convenience. You can complete the exam within 2 months of buying the Computer Networking Certification. The result of the exam appears as soon as it is completed, and your Computer Networking Certificate is mailed immediately.

What learning aids will I get?

The ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) includes the following learning aids:

24 x 7 hour access to the courseware. A printer friendly version of the ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) is also provided

A friendly instructor to answer your questions online

A discussion area to have your questions answered

Chapter end quizzes to ensure that you are learning important aspects of every chapter

Chapter assignments to help you practically use the Computer Networking that you will learn during the Computer Networking Course.

What is the final exam like?

The final exam is fully based upon the   ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) Courseware that is provided along with the Computer Networking Certification. If you have gone through the courseware properly you should not have a problem clearing the exam. The exam consists of multiple choice questions from all chapters of the ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) Courseware.

What are the course start dates?

ExpertRating instructor led courses commence every month, you can always choose a suitable date for your course commencement in any month. To see available course start dates, please click on the "Enroll now" button. All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have to be present when the lesson is released, but you must complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

A new section of each course starts on the second or third Wednesday of each month. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.


Buy the ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network)- $129.99


Networking is cost effective, fast, efficient, quick, mobile and convenient for a small office.

Networking is the method by which two or more computing devices can be linked together for the purpose of sharing data. Networks are developed by mixing computer hardware and computer software. Networking can help you to reorganize the office, share music files and printers. The Networking course will provide you tips and give a comprehensive understanding of the tools and techniques which will get you started with setting up a network. There are two kinds of network available; wired networks which use Ethernet (CAT-5) cables to connect to networked components and wireless networks which use Wi-Fi which is a wireless communication standard.


The ExpertRating Networking Certification will help you easily set up a network at home, in the office or in schools.

ExpertRating Online Computer Networking Course (Office Network) Coverage (6 weeks program)  

Week One

Wednesday - Lesson 01

Windows XP Professional Edition provides all the tools you need to connect the computers in your office so they can easily share printers, Internet connections, drives, and documents. But where do you start? This lesson will talk about the history of networking, the different types of networks available, and the advantages of creating a network. You'll also find out what hardware you need to construct your network.

Friday - Lesson 02

Now that you know what hardware you need, it's time for the fun part—picking up your network kit from the store and hooking up your computers. But before you do that, this lesson will show you how to use Windows XP Professional Edition to determine what hardware you already have in your computers. This lesson will also cover laying out cables and connecting the Network Interface Cards (NICs) in your network computers. And this lesson will delve into setting up a hub to connect your computers, and hooking up your network to the Internet.

Week Two

Wednesday - Lesson 03

The hardware is connected, and now you have to tell Windows XP how to connect your computers to form a network. Don't worry—Windows XP Professional Edition makes it easy, and in this lesson you'll find out exactly what you need to do. You'll learn how to use the New Connection Wizard to build connections, configure your NIC, install and configure protocols, and use the built-in Network Troubleshooter for help if you run into any roadblocks.

Friday - Lesson 04

This lesson continues with the set up process, and then shows you how to coordinate a sort of meet-and–greet for your computers, compliments of the Network Setup Wizard. Most importantly, you'll learn how to create a Network Setup Disk so you can transfer the network settings to all the computers in your network, ensuring they'll communicate correctly—even if some computers are running older versions of Windows!

Week Three

Wednesday - Lesson 05-

At last, your network is set up and your computers can talk to each other. But how do you configure Windows XP Professional Edition so the right people can—and the wrong people can't—log on to your network and share network resources? In this lesson, you'll find out. You'll discover how to authenticate users and create new accounts and passwords. Then you'll learn how to share files and even set up a network drive so you can easily access a directory on your computer or another computer on the network.

Friday - Lesson 06

The ability to use a single Internet connection from any computer in your network is a wonderful thing. But a Windows XP network also lets any user—on any computer in the network—connect to his or her personal e-mail address. So how do you set that up? This lesson walks you through establishing Internet and e-mail connections—from planning and establishing access, to using Windows XP's built-in Internet Explorer and Outlook Express tools to surf the Web and exchange e-mail.

Week Four

Wednesday - Lesson 07

In this lesson you'll learn how to use built-in Windows tools to manage Internet services and protocols, and set up the built-in Windows Firewall to keep hackers out. This lesson will also explore Windows' built-in instant messaging tools—Windows Messenger and NetMeeting—so you can collaborate with other network users online.

Friday - Lesson 08

This lesson is all about sharing files and folders with other users in your network. You'll learn how to manipulate, move, and copy them from one computer to another, and how to publish your files to the Web! And if you need to connect to another network to get files—or even to use an online storage service—these too you'll learn in this lesson.

Week Five

Wednesday - Lesson 09

Building on your previous lesson, in this lesson you'll gain greater control over your files and folders. You'll learn how to access shared files, and how to share folders on your computer with others. You'll find out how to enable others to make changes to shared folders or restrict them to only reading them. You'll also discover how to set access for peripherals connected to your computer, such as a CD-ROM drive. Finally, you'll see how to use the Windows Offline Tools feature to work on files when you're not on the network, and then upload those changed files when you log back on to it!

Friday - Lesson 10

One advantage to having a network is that all the people in your office can use one peripheral that's connected to it. In this lesson, you'll learn how to connect, set up, and use perhaps the most important peripheral in your network—the printer. You'll also find out how to set up and use other network peripherals using the Add Hardware Wizard.

Week Six

Wednesday - Lesson 11

Though Windows XP makes it easier to operate and maintain your network than ever before, the system isn't foolproof, and Microsoft understands this. So, in this lesson you'll learn how to use the built-in diagnostics tools in Windows XP Professional Edition to determine how your computer and network are functioning. You'll discover how to check your network card, use Administrative Tools, maintain your disk properties, and view performance and event statistics.

Friday - Lesson 12

In this grand finale, this lesson will talk about perhaps the most important aspect of networking—security. You'll learn how to establish network security measures and use the built-in Windows Security Center to maintain the Windows Firewall. This lesson will also cover other security measures including Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), password protecting your computer, and using anti-virus programs. By the time this lesson is finished, you'll know how to keep your network and its data secure from evildoers.

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