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.
Up 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 Lab. I 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+.