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Online Network Engineering Courses and Classes

Network engineering courses can be found in fully online formats. Networks are studied as part of various computer-related degrees at all levels, and this topic often overlaps with telecommunications, security, or information technology areas. View article »

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Essential Information

Network engineers design and improve the networks that link different systems and data, whether those connections are within one office or across the globe. A computer-related degree is the main route toward this career. Online courses could be part of a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.

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Online Network Engineering Courses

Course Description
Communication Networks Course Covers data communication networks and Internet protocols
Network Security Course Explores security issues, threats, and solutions
Basics of Communication Engineering Course Covers digital communications, receivers, channel modulation/encoding, and source coding
Broadband Networks Course Looks at the computer network components and issues: LANs, modems, etc
Network Penetration and Ethical Hacking Course Teachers how test and detect a network's weaknesses

Here are the summaries of some of the commonly offered online network engineering courses:

Communication Networks Course: Classes in this category look at data communication networks and Internet protocols; local area networks (LAN), wide area networks, and the technology that connects them are studied. The design principles are covered, including the ability to support multimedia connections. The flow of data and the ability to find and fix errors and address application security are also addressed.

Network Security Course: Students in this course learn about the possible threats to security and the current methods for dealing with them. Encryptions, firewalls, and digital signatures are some of the specific topics covered.

Basics of Communication Engineering Course: A course covering the basics of communication engineering will delve into digital communications, the best designs for receivers, and channel modulations and encoding. Source coding is also taught.

Broadband Networks Course: This course is approached more from a computer science angle than an engineering angle. It touches on everything from modems to broadband LANs to optical networks. The architecture and protocols are taught as well as the specific products and services such as Bluetooth and WiFi. Quality issues and the bigger picture of how the various technologies relate to one another are also part of the discussion.

Network Penetration and Ethical Hacking Course: This course teaches practical methods of testing a network for security weaknesses. Students learn how hackers attack target networks using common and unusual methods and how to defend against them.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), network engineers or network administrators made a median annual salary of $77,810. The projected growth is 8%, about as fast as averagely expected.


Network engineers must take courses in network security, basics of communication engineering, broadband networks, and network penetration and ethical hacking.

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