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CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide: Exam 640-802 Paperback – August 29, 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-0470110089 ISBN-10: 0470110082 Edition: 6th

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Let this in-depth guide prepare you for the latest CCNA exam

Approach the CCNA exam (640-802) with confidence through the detailed preparation you'll receive in this bestselling study guide from leading Cisco networking authority Todd Lammle. This new edition—updated to reflect the very latest changes in the CCNA exam—features expanded coverage of key topic areas plus new material on the latest switching techniques, network address translation, IPv6, and advanced OSPF. Reinforce your study with the author's supplemental video and audio instruction on CD. Inside, find the complete instruction you need, including:

  • Full coverage of all exam objectives in a systematic approach, so you can be confident you're getting the instruction you need for the exam
  • Practical hands-on exercises and labs to reinforce critical skills

  • Real-world scenarios that put what you've learned in the context of actual job roles

  • Challenging review questions in each chapter to prepare you for

  • exam day

  • Exam Essentials, a key feature in each chapter that identifies critical areas you must become proficient in before taking the exam

  • A handy tear card that maps every official exam objective to the corresponding chapter in the book, so you can track your exam prep objective by objective

Look inside for complete coverage of all exam objectives.

Test your knowledge with advanced testing software. Includes all chapter review questions and bonus exams.

Reinforce your understanding with flashcards that can run on your PC, Pocket PC, or Palm handheld.

Author and popular trainer Todd Lammle provides almost an hour of additional video instruction, as well as thirty minutes of audio.

Also on CD, you'll find the entire book in searchable and printable PDF. Study anywhere, any time, and approach the exam with confidence.

About the Author

Todd Lammle, CCSI, CCNA/CCNP/CCSP, MCSE, CEH/CHFI, FCC RF Licensed, is the authority on Cisco Certification internetworking. He is a world-renowned author, speaker, trainer, and consultant. Todd has over 25 years of experience working with LANs, WANs, and large Wireless networks. He is president of GlobalNet Training, Inc, a network integration and training firm based in Dallas. You can reach Todd through his forum at www.lammle.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 6 edition (August 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470110082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470110089
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Todd Lammle is the Authority on Cisco Certification and Internetworking, and is Cisco certified in all Cisco certification categories. He is a world-renowned author, speaker, trainer, and consultant. Todd has three decades of experience working with LANs, WANs, and large enterprise licensed and unlicensed wireless networks, and lately, implementing large Cisco Data Centers world-wide.

His three decades of real world experience is prevalent in his writing; he is not just an author but an experienced networking engineer with very practical experience working on the largest networks in the world at such companies as Xerox, Hughes Aircraft, Texaco, AAA, Cisco and Toshiba, among many others. Todd has published over 60 books, including the very popular CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, CCNA Wireless Study Guide, and CCNA Data Center Study Guide, all from Sybex.

He runs an international consulting and training company based in Colorado, Texas, and San Francisco. You can reach Todd through his forum and blog at www.lammle.com.

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By James J. Mundy on September 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I own too many CCNA books. I only wish I had started with this one. As a recertification candidate I was floored by the amount of new material covered by the current CCNA exams. Todd Lammle has such a great way of presenting the material as it relates to the Cisco CCNA exam objectives, but also with respect to what we CCNA's do every day. Read this book, listen to Mr. Lammle's guidance, work the labs with real equipment or a great simulator like RouterSim's Network Visualizer, and pass the exam! This book is the best, and in my opinion the only, CCNA book you need.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rob Hamlin on August 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I used this book to pass my CCNA test on August 24th.

This text is much easier to read than the Cisco Press books. The material is easy to understand and Todd had done an excellent job showing the reader his own processes for learning. Two words, Block Size. Who knew calculating subnets could be so easy.

The additional material on the CD (testing questions) are excellent for developing skills as well.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is pursuing a first CCNA or renewing an expired certification.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Santiago on November 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book since it would be used in an in-company CCNA mentoring program which I had joined. For that reason, I didn't even consider other books.

I read the whole book, and have to say was very disappointed with it. It has a boatload of typos, many of them in the CLI captures shown, which amazed me... I didn't think someone would actually type that stuff but rather just copy and paste it from router lab scenarios. If taken from live routers, how could so many typos be introduced? Beats me. These typos at times really hinder understanding of the concepts (costs for EIGRP topology table samples come to mind). I started making a list so as to provide it to the author, until I realized they were so many that I just didn't have the time to do someone else's job.

I have also found several mistakes, some of those discussed / reported at Lammle's website (load sharing over static routes, admin distance of a static route using exit interface, etc).

In my opinion, content was disorganized in many parts, and didn't follow a logical order.

I understand that many people may like his informal writing style. I wouldn't mind it myself, if it wasn't at the cost of accuracy and
thoroughness, which this book notably lacks in several parts.

For example, in a section describing default routing and the ip classless command, he waved the issue off by saying something like: "use this command, otherwise sometimes default routing will work, sometimes it won't". Come on, we're talking network engineering here, not cooking recipes...

A co-worker started studying for CCNA roughly at the same time I did, and had bought the Cisco Press books (Wendell Odom Official Exam Guides - 2 books).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Broda on April 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have been teaching CCNA classes in a Cisco Network Academy since 1999 and we use Cisco Press books, but that does not mean that I think that is enough. I always tell my students to get Todd Lammel's CCNA Study Guide and I have 3 different editions on my shelf right now, including the lastest 6th edition.

I feel those that are trying to understand the CCNA should have at least 2 different sources of material, one being Cisco Press and the other being Todd's book. Todd has been doing this book since the CCNA came out and he has been doing it RIGHT!!!! When you don't understand a subject in one book, having a different view of things tends to help. Like I said, the CCNA is not easy, if it was easy - EVERYONE would be a CCNA!!!

I also would like to single out 1 chapter, one of the hardest things people in networking have trouble with is subnetting!!! Todd's chapter on subnetting is the best chapter on the subject, I have had students so lost on subnetting, I tell them again to get Todd's book and USE IT, they get the book, read the chapter on subnetting and then use it for everything else as they work towards the certification.

Now, will 1 book get you the CCNA Cert? Depends on your background but realisticly I feel you need several sources of material as well as TONS of hands-on labs with sims, emulators or best yet - REAL CISCO routers and switches.

It is not that Todd's book is missing anything - it just takes a very good understanding of the material to pass what is a very hard certification exam. I think having a well rounded education from several books as well as lab work will do that for you!

But if I was only going to buy 1 book, it would be Todd's!!!

Hope this helps!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. K. Wallace on April 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a CCIE and full time instructor of Cisco courses, I'm periodically asked by my students for recommendations of study resources beyond what's received in the classroom. My hope is that my review of this title will provide you with some insight into the pros and cons of Todd Lammle's "Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Sixth Edition." As stated on the book cover, this study guide is intended to prepare the reader for exam 640-802.

Positive Aspects:
- The book presents Cisco's published 640-802 exam objectives and identifies the chapter(s) in the book that address(es) each objective.
- Todd Lammle's writing style keeps the reading lively. Specifically, his writing is very conversational, is often written in the first person, and includes more exclamation points than I've ever seen in a technical book :-)
- Some of the tips given by Mr. Lammle certainly reflect his experience. He points out tips and tricks which prove to me that he was not merely rewording content from other sources.
- Mr. Lammle gives clear, but concise, descriptions of the myriad of technologies covered by the CCNA exam.

Negative Aspects:
- The book appears not to have received a sufficient technical edit. As an example, Page 116 discusses CIDR. However, CIDR (the supernetting of contiguous classful address spaces) is incorrectly defined, where it sounds more like VLSM.
- The book contains multiple typographical and topological errors and/or inconsistencies. As one example, Page 408 shows a WAN link icon connecting into a FastEthernet interface.
- The audio and video content on the CD seem to have been created for the previous exam, 640-801, even though the cover of the book states the book is targeted towards exam 640-802.
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