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CCNA 640-802 Official Cert Library, Updated (3rd Edition) 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 061-9472204382
ISBN-10: 158720438X
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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 currently works writing and creating certification tools. He is author of all the previous editions of the CCNA Exam Certification Guides from Cisco Press, as well as the CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Official Certification Guide, the CCIE Routing and Switching Official Exam Certification Guide, Computer Networking First Step, the CCNA Video Mentor, and other titles. He is also the primary networking consultant for the CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1500 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 3 edition (December 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158720438X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587204388
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 7.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I must say, even reading the Introduction section clarified several things about the CCENT/CCNA certifications, about which I was wondering. Wendell Odom plainly explained the separation of CCNA into ICND 1 & 2. You are CCENT certified with ICND1 exam. Cisco saw fit to gear this certification to prepare anyone with "the knowledge and skills most needed for an entry-level technician in a small enterprise network". You can then become CCNA certified upon successful completion of the ICND2 exam, otherwise, become CCNA certified with the single CCNA exam. Therein is the difference between one- and two-book study sets. Each book of the ICND 1 & 2 set is prepared separate of each other, with minimal overlap, but key points are re-iterated only if so on the exams.

Since the CCNA exam material has not changed content from the 2007 2nd Edition, the publisher has added value to the 2011 3rd Edition with 1) a free CCNA Simulator Lite, which has some disabled commands over the full-priced version, and 2) a 70% discount on the Premium Edition eBook which includes two additional exams' worth of practice test questions. Also, the eBook comes in EPUB and PDF for reading on virtually any device you have. In the 3rd Edition, Mr. Odom has divided the long subnetting section into smaller chapters for easier understanding, and updated any technical data that has changed in the last 4 years. Subnetting can be difficult on the exams, so clearly written study materials to get a handle on calculating subnets, and other related topics, are very important.

There are many excellent charts, graphs, and updated figures and facts of technology changes over the last four years, and the material is clearly written. Each chapter begins with "Do I Already Know This?
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As a fellow CCIE, I have long admired Wendell Odom's books and study materials, and have found them useful as both a network professional and training instructor. I have long said that there are two extremes among network engineers; the first is someone with well-developed people skills but do have the technical depth one would expect. The second type is the extraordinarily brilliant, almost savant-like genius that can design, program, and troubleshoot even while sleeping---this is the type of person with absolutely no ability to socially interact, and the type you just slide a pizza under the door to (admittedly somewhat exaggerated, but somewhat accurate). Wendell strikes a perfect balance in the middle of these extremes. He does a fantastic job of handling material at the appropriate technical depth (in this case, CCENT/CCNA), with easily understandable explanations that enhance the learning experience.

I have read the previous versions of the CCNA Certification Library and found the revisions to contain numerous enhancements that make the material "pop" even more. As a professional trainer myself, I can attest to the importance of crisp diagrams in the material, and the new/revised illustrations are top-notch. In addition, Wendell's expanded section on subnetting is particularly helpful to those who are trying to master this challenging but essential subject. I personally find that the revised editions add a great deal of value in mastering---or even reviewing---the fundamentals of Cisco networking. It even makes me hope that a revision to the CCIE Routing and Switching book will contain similar updates

Joe Rinehart
President & CEO
Gracestone Professionals LLC
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While you need a sim or real experience to really pass, these two books present the most complete base of knowledge for the exam. The magic number subnetting trick works for most people and the author has an easy to read style (for a tech book). These books do have more material than the Sybex book by Lammle but I feel provide a more complete picture in a more natural order. The Lammle book spends much of it's time saying "Here is this...but don't worry, I will explain it more later in Chapter X." He also writes in an awkward style. Either will prepare you for the exam. These are longer but the additional material is mostly pre/post exams and he starts at a lower level. Lammle is not for someone completely new to technology as he expects you know the basics. Odom on the other hand explains each topic as it it were completely new - which can get frustrating if you are not actually new to it - but for the sake of completeness it makes sense. You never know when you will be thrown a question that has nothing to do with the real world but falls more into a "Tech Trivia" category.
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I have always wanted to review a book in which I wouldn't have to use terms like `not for the beginners', `power users only', `not the for non - initiated'. People will find it quite hard to believe but the titles I am about to discuss, is more than capable of taking a complete novice to a much more competent level. Networking is a vast, expanding field and for someone who has no prior knowledge and experience, the titles are a great platform to embark on that journey of learning. I will go through this review, in the same trajectory I went through in my mind as I read through the material, and how they appealed to me. I will talk holistically about both titles at the same time, as apart from the subject matter differing for the obvious reasons, they both have the same merits in terms of style, delivery and impact.
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I must agree, the hard bound books can be a bit daunting to look at when you take them out of the equally hard bound box. But then one must appreciate the accomplishment of the writer when you go through the material itself. The books are quite sturdy and if any topic should frustrate you, both these books can take a fair amount of beating. But I would advise, it is better to take a deep breath, go away and try to tackle it another day. I find this technique, much better than nursing an injured wrist or even knuckles, while trying to punch them in frustration.

When I started learning about networks a long time ago, I didn't have either of these titles as an aid. And now that I have, I can straightaway know what I was missing out on. I have been in lectures and seminars, where people did their level best to make things complicated and scare me away.
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