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Exam 220-801

CompTIA Hardware+ 5 Day Boot Camp

If you’re new to Information Technology, this is the class to start with. This course will introduce you to computer fundamentals: the hardware inside the computer, networking concepts, laptops, and printers.

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Course Overview


The CompTIA+ certifications are industry-recognized and show technological proficiency among entry-level IT Professionals. The 220-801 Boot Camp is hands-on, which allows students to literally dig into computer hardware and realize for themselves that these devices are not so complicated! Furthermore, as this is likely the first class many students will take, extra emphasis is devoted to taking certification exams and how to study effectively to ensure a passing score.

Plenty of hardware is available for the labs. Desktop computers, laptops, hard drives, memory SIMMs/DIMMs, printers, switches, routers, fans, CPUs, and everything else needed to develop a comprehensive understanding of hardware is readily available to all students for the duration of the course.

Course Outline

Days 1 – 2: PC Hardware: What’s inside the computer?

  • Basic Input Output System (BIOS) configurations.
  • Motherboard: purpose, components, and functions.
  • Random Access Memory (RAM).
  • Expansion slots and the cards that go there.
  • Storage devices and media.
  • Central Processing Unit (CPU) types, features, and cooling.
  • Connection interfaces and power supplies.
  • Building a custom computer.
  • Display types.
  • Cables, connectors, and peripherals.

Day 3: Networking

  • Identify and categorize network connectors and cables.
  • Explain properties and characteristics of TCP/IP.
  • Explain common TCP and UDP ports, protocols, and their purpose.
  • Compare and contrast wireless networking standards and encryption types.
  • Install, configure, and deploy a SOHO wireless/wired router.
  • Compare and contrast Internet connection types and features.
  • Identify various types of networks.
  • Compare and contrast network devices their functions and features.
  • Given a scenario, use appropriate networking tools.

Day 4: Laptops and Printers

  • Install and configure laptop hardware and components.
  • Compare and contrast the components within the display of a laptop.
  • Compare and contrast laptop features.
  • Printer types and imaging.
  • Install and configure printers to different types of devices.
  • Printer maintenance and troubleshooting.

Day 5: Operational Procedures, Troubleshooting, Exam Prep

  • Given a scenario, use appropriate safety procedures.
  • Explain environmental impacts and the purpose of environmental controls.
  • Professionalism and dealing with end-users.
  • Explain the fundamentals of dealing with prohibited content/activity.
  • Troubleshooting techniques and best practices in the real world.
  • Certification exams: study tips and practice questions.