Todd Lammle strikes gold again with a new edition of CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide
which, in point of fact, isn't hugely different from earlier versions but nonetheless dominates its competitors. This is the best book on the market for bottom-up CCNA preparation, due in equal part to Lammle's thorough coverage (the CCNA test covers many tiny details), his skill in explaining concepts in prose and illustrations, and his care in designing exercises and practice questions. All the exam-prep elements are handled competently, as well, with annotations supplementing answer keys and plenty of comments about what Cisco expects its test-takers to say, as opposed to what may actually be true.
What's special about the Deluxe Edition? Its companion CD-ROM is somewhat better than before, since it now includes a browser-based tool that simulates a Cisco router's administrative interface (it can be hard to set up, though). The practice exam software on the CD-ROM is okay, though its questions are identical to those in the book. It would also be nice if the software kept track of your performance on exams over time, allowing you to identify and practice weaker subject areas. The book itself now features a larger and more detailed glossary, and a nice command reference. There's no need to upgrade if you have one of this book's predecessors, but count on a treat if this is the first Lammle CCNA book you buy. --David Wall
Topics covered: All of the material Cisco Systems says you have to understand in order to pass Exam 640-507 [new version: Exam 640-607] and earn its Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) professional rating, including the seven-layer network model, the essentials of Internet Protocol and its routing, the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS), and wide area network (WAN) technologies.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Deluxe value package with CCNA Virtual Lab network simulator, audio and video instruction, and more!
Prepare for the challenging new CCNA exam (640-802) with the hands-on labs and in-depth instruction you'll receive in this Deluxe Edition of our CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide.
Updated to reflect the very latest version of the exam, including new material on advanced switching, IPv6, OSPF, and more, this complete Deluxe version also includes the CCNA Virtual Lab, Platinum Edition—a popular Cisco network simulator that allows you to test-run configuration of 2600 series Cisco routers and 1900 or 2950 series Cisco switches, without having to purchase costly hardware.
Find all the preparation 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 at the end of 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.
Featured on the CDs
SYBEX TEST ENGINE:
Test your knowledge with advanced testing software. Includes all chapter review questions and practice exams.
Reinforce your understanding with flashcards that can run on your PC, Pocket PC, or Palm handheld.
CCNA VIRTUAL LAB, PLATINUM EDITION:
Get hands-on practice in a simulated environment consisting of Cisco's 2600 series routers and the 1900 or 2950 series switches.
Also on the CD, you'll find almost an hour of audio and video instruction from Todd Lammle, as well as the entire book in PDF format.