Top positive review
4 of 4 people found this helpful
on February 6, 2012
The book itself is by the great Wendell Odom. This was a great selling point for me, as my bookshelves have quite a bit of his material on them.
This book is a great study material for anyone that is studying the ICDN2 or trying to re-certify their CCNA.
The material may not change much between the second edition and the third edition, but this book is put together so much better and with better explanations of things. I have always had such a hard time with subnetting, but the way this book explains things is fantastic. I may still use a calculator to figure somethings out, but I have a much better understanding of the topic.
I also didn't expect the material to be much different as the CCNA exam hasn't been revised since this books release.
So the book is great! You should read it! Definitely a great read for anyone wanting to learn more or get certified.
As for the material on the CD, meh. I couldn't give this a full 5 star review because of the ugly Network Simulator. This thing is beyond limited unless you pay for the full version. It's an ugly java based application. guh. java. It is a great start though for getting some labs done and starting to work your way around the CLI, but you would have to buy the full version for anything useful.
The DVD also comes with practice exam questions, also limited, that are quite good and will get your brain thinking. The questions are out of the book and also on the CD so you are getting quite a bit of variety for questions. There is also an extended version that can be purchased through Cisco Press.
Overall it is totally worth the $39.99 cover price, though I wish the Network Simulator wasn't so limited and Java based.