- 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: 746 customer reviews
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CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide: Exam 640-802 6th Edition
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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 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.
SYBEX TEST ENGINE:
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.
VIDEO AND AUDIO INSTRUCTION:
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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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). I found myself going to those books time after time to seek clarification for things that were just skimmed over in Lammle's book, were confusing, or were not even mentioned. Particularly after starting my rounds of test questions and finding many questions that had no answers in Lammle's book. I found the Odom books did explain why things happened the way they did, and were real eye-openers. They usually required you to read more pages than the Lammle book, which is not surprising since thorough coverage of subjects does require content be layed out. By the end of my review period, I was sorry about my training book selection.
I was also surprised by the significant percentage of the Lammle book devoted to Cisco's SDM. While the Cisco Press books barely touch on it, and my CCNA exam presented me with no questions on it, Lammle spends dozens of pages on it (each chapter has a good chunk on how the chapter's subjects are done via SDM).
In short, if I were to make a recommendation to someone who was to start preparing for this exam, I wouldn't hesitate in pointing him the way of the Cisco Press books (W. Odom) instead of this one.
I did pass the exam, and with a good grade, too, but I felt the real meat I learned it from the CP books, not from this one.
I'm surprised with the many great reviews the book has here, I guess maybe this book would be considered a good tool by those just starting in the networking arena. But I don't see how it would meet the expectations of anybody with a few years into this and looking for in-depth review of how things work the way they do.
Just my views here... hope they can be useful to future CCNA exam takers out there.
I felt that I could do the same with this book, but this was not so. I've now failed the exam twice (749 and 801) even after supplementing my learning with the free Cisco Learning Network online resource (which I highly recommend).
This book is riddled with grammatical and technical errors. This creates confusion, especially with all the conceptual information to be retained. There's not much help on lammle.com either (as the book would have you believe). Combine this with Cisco's ambiguous testing philosophy and the amount of memorization it takes to do well and you face a very tough testing environment.
I'm an IT professional with over 6 years of Cisco experience. I routinely configure Catalyst switches (4006, 4507) and routers (2600, 3600). I love technology and am not new to working with it. I'm confident that I'll pass this exam, but it's going to take more than reading this book to do it.
It's a decent book, but beware. I feel that these raving reviews are products of bias and disproportionally weighted.
Thanks for reading this and good luck with your CCNA pursuits.
I have read it cover to cover and profited immensely from the experience though most of the later chapters will probably not be of much use to me for reasons I will explain next. My learning was in a substantial-sized Cisco Academy class complete with videos, labs and the rest but the Cisco "facts of life" did not come home to roost until the end of the year when one by one the best and brightest in the class began to take the CCNA and would each flunk one by one. Then the instructor became more frank with us and let us know that typically more than half of the people taking the exam will flunk. Cisco has designed the test to be so difficult that it has turned into a cash cow rather than a career path for graduates. This he said was because the passing score was set at 850 and because the questions are often phrased in an unconventional, misleading and obtuse manner. It also is not possible to pace yourself on questions by saving the most difficult items for the end, the questions must be answered in the order presented.
This book prepares you as well as it can by exposing you to the over 100 acronyms you are likely to encounter in the exam and gives sample questions at the end of the chapters to help with comprehension, but these questions pale by comparison to the questions asked on the actual exam. There are also simulations on the exam which are ad lib terminal sessions where you are presented with a scenario and expected to sit down at the keyboard and type in an exactly spelled and syntactically perfect set of commands to respond to the scenario in the order they would normally be used on a live Cisco router. There may be one or as many as three such simulations on any given exam involving over one hundred different commands taught in the book and they are weighted heavily in the scoring.
Knowing all this I started studying for the exam with a set of meticulous notes taken from the book and lectures. I found that the amount of material that needed to be held in my brain at one time for confident mastery of the material was just too much. I knew that taking the exam would be a complete waste of money and simply a way to feel bad about myself while emptying my wallet at the same time. I had studied diligently for at least two months at the end of the course when I decided to change direction to the MCSA which was also part of my years curriculum. I took one of the much cheaper Microsoft exams as an experiment and it was like falling off a log. The same lessons taught at the beginning of this CCNA book were very valuable for the other exams because they were overkill. In the two plus months of study that I consumed on the CCNA I could have whizzed through all four of the bite-sized Microsoft exams.
I will keep this book on the shelf as a great networking reference work, but as far as the CCNA is concerned, bye bye Cisco.