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CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator Multimedia CD – July 5, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1587202162 ISBN-10: 1587202166 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • CD-ROM: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification; 1 edition (July 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587202166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587202162
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wendell Odom, CCIE® No. 1624, has been in the networking industry since 1981. He has worked as a network engineer, consultant, systems engineer, instructor, and course developer. He is author of all the previous editions of the CCNA Exam Certification Guide series from Cisco Press, as well as the Cisco QoS Exam Certification Guide, the CCIE Routing and Switching Official Exam Certification Guide, Computer Networking First Step, the CCNA Video Mentor, and other titles. He also teaches classes for Skyline Advanced Technology Services (www.skyline-ats.com) and blogs regularly at www.networkworld.com/odom.


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Web: www.certskills.com (web)
Blogs: www.certskills.com/blogs (all blogs)
FB: /WendellOdom
Twitter: @WendellOdom

Started out as the guy who would take the extra time to do lunch-and-learns for others at work. Then moved to a job that was 2/3 consulting and 1/3 writing and teaching hands-on workshops, learning what's real and how to do it in a lab. Then to a job as full-time instructor and part time consultant. Finally, started writing it down for all to read. Now writing all the time, with the most most popular CCENT and CCNA Cert Guides since the early days of Cisco certs, all from Cisco Press.

Today, Wendell spends time writing certification guides, textbooks, designing software, and blogging to help those who have all these products. Over the years, the products have ranged from Cisco certs CCENT, CCNA, CCNP, CCIP, and CCIE, all findable here at Amazon.

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Sort of dumb you can't do that.
This hands-on opportunity makes it so you can memorize the commands more easily.
Just my opinion, buy it new to avoid the headaches that could come with that.

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Man in Manhattan on August 18, 2009
Format: CD-ROM
I just installed this software, and so far - it's just what I was expecting. I have the unique position of having tried both Boson's NetSim and RouterSim's Network Visualizer simulation software packages, and although both are excellent products (and getting better) I find Wendell Odom's product to be more intuitive and easier to just jump right in. In my opinion, the design process that goes into designing any network simulation software, is similar to designing a game. Some games require you to learn the controls, before you can really get started, while others are so well thought out that you can well, just jump right in.

However, if anyone has any plans to progress beyond the CCNA (eg. CCNP, etc.), I would recommend taking a look at the other two simulators. When I first purchased RouterSim's Network Visualizer, it was still a buggy product and prone to crashes. Even so, it was the only worthwhile game in town, at the time (2004). I never got the opportunity to finish the labs, as I was called to active duty and served over seas for almost two years. RouterSim's Network Visualizer has a particularly strict software license. You only get one, and in order to install it on another machine, you have to send your activation key back to the company (online, via the software itself). Once the license is back with the company, you can then install the software again on another computer, and then activate the product by downloading activation key from them once again. Ever served in the military? Well when you get those orders, you go. There is not a lot of time. You may have a few days to settle any pending business, like saying goodbye to your family and friends, making sure your will is in order, arrange for your bills to be paid, and so on.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By JSW on October 7, 2009
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I am still prepping for my CCNA exam and what I have been needing to do was actually 'apply' what I was learning. There are tons of sims out there in the market, some good, some bad but all are expensive and limited in one way or another. Obviously, I tend to agree with most posters that there is nothing that comes close to actually working on Cisco gear, but the problem usually comes down to 1) cost or 2) ability to have the equipment on site (small apartment, etc). I would think that having the equipment for the CCNP is a must, but for the CCNA all you need is something to drill you on the concepts that you are supposed to be learning.

Having said this, I think this product should not really be considered a 'simulator' but more of an instructional tool to reinforce whether or not you are grasping the CCNA concepts. Will it help you with the CCNA exam? This is tough to say. Personally, I think that 'yes, it will' because the exam has scenarios in which you have to troubleshoot in order to answer the question. In essence, this is what the product does. So, if you practice the scenarios over and over again, you should have a basic troubleshooting flow chart in your head that you can later apply to the exam and any future network admin job.

My only complaint about the product is that it didn't have more scenarios under the Troubleshooting sections but I guess that with all the Skill Builder and Configuration scenarios - you 'should' be well rounded to troubleshoot any eventual LAN scenario. I did note that each Troubleshooting section had a single 'Part 1', which makes me wonder whether subsequent upgrades will add additional content - fingers crossed.

I recently was promoted to a network engineering post working in a Cisco environment.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 28, 2009
Format: CD-ROM
Odom offers this network simulator to cater to those needing to understand routing and switching as presented in the Cisco CCNA exam. So this is all in the context of how Cisco wants you to use their products; no third parties! But then if you are studying for the Cisco certification you already know this. Specifically the book addresses readers who possibly do not have all the Cisco equipment available in order to test and debug various networking problems. It addresses a bootstrapping issue. You want to be certified as Cisco capable, perhaps to get a job using that certification. But without that job and Cisco hardware, how do you even get to first base? Seen in this context, the approximately $140 cost of the simulator is actually a bargain.

The problems given and the interactivity are nice in presenting typical issues encountered by a Cisco sysadmin. The numerous topology diagrams are the central aspect of the software. Get used to thinking about your network and possibly laying out a new network and modifying an existing one using such diagrams.

The simulator presents tasks in the form of what it terms labs, ie. lessons. A lot of work went into making 250 of these; enough to cover many possible network issues. For some readers, the breadth of these may be daunting. But you should regard studying all these as necessary. This is a very good way to get wide experience, and to make up for not actually having hardware to work with.

There is a lingering concern about the simulator. Anyone who has ever put together network hardware might know that low level problems can arise. Any simulator might not be able to fully convey experience in diagnosing such problems. So to this extent, the simulator cannot fully substitute for hands on experience on a network.
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