CCENT/CCNA Certification


Well, I have decided to follow a different path in preparing for the CCNA.  As I have already obtained my CCENT Certification using the Todd Lammle book for the single test CCNA 640-802, without too much difficulty…other than my own foolishness, etc…but I thought I would try the Wendell Odom books through Ciscopress, Official Cert Guides CCNA1 and CCNA2 (640-822 and 640-816 test).  Both authors are CCIEs and are very well qualified for the task.  But each test is structured differently; in-fact, there are certain things that are not on the single test method and are on the dual test method – which for a person such as myself could be an advantage by being introduced to those few items of study.  I have read both good and bad things about the books, but who is ever really a good critic.  Especially when you buy a book, as many of us do, and we mistakenly believe the knowledge will somehow magically be imparted upon us.  So, I will give it a try.  I have not made it past the first chapter yet, but I do like it’s layout so far.  Of course, it does help to skim through the book initially.  I felt it was a nominal investment in my future.

Network VisualizerUp until now, I have used a lab simulator program to play with the many interconnections between the Cisco Routers and Switches.




However, I thought it would be better to have a physical connection to the hardware by obtaining a Cisco CCNA Certification LabI felt it would be better, for me, to have hands on.  Sometimes I just don’t “get it” because I have no connection to what is actually going on.  That is probably one of my biggest problems.  Unlike the books, this will be a rather hefty investment, with a wide range of costs and options; ranging from $199-$1400+.

2 responses to “CCENT/CCNA Certification

  1. I like Wendell’s books, they have helped me quite a bit, just started some CCNP books by another author… will have to see how he compares.

    • Thanks for the heads up. I appreciate that. Everyone seems to want to jump on the band wagon, but I found this book online and thought there was more meat to it, such as examples. Thanks again! Michael

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