- Series: Study Guide
- Hardcover: 832 pages
- Publisher: Sybex Inc; 2nd edition (June 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0782126472
- ISBN-13: 978-0782126471
- Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 7.5 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (642 customer reviews)
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CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate : Study Guide (with CD-ROM) Hardcover – June, 2000
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Some child psychologists will tell you that you should never talk down to your children. Rather than spoonfeeding 'em baby talk, you should speak to your kids using big words and long complex sentences--which is tougher on the kid at first, but ultimately makes them a lot smarter than they'd ever be from just hearing "goo goo ga ga".
In much the same way, Sybex's CCNA Study Guide is a book that uncompromisingly presents complex material and expects you to live up to it. While the explanations are dense and often intimidating, once you get through this book, you'll be ready to face--and pass!--the treacherous CCNA exam.
Todd Lammle assumes that the reader has a passing familiarity with basic networking concepts, and he launches straight into an in-depth review of the OSI networking model without even mentioning what hubs, routers, and switches are. He then works his way into explaining TCP/IP and TCP/IP subnetting, a notoriously confusing concept for beginners, and in truth, mid-level techies may be temporarily confused here as well.
Unlike many other CCNA study guides, which touch briefly on subnetting and then provide a list of common subnet masks for rote memorization, Lammle really wants you to understand why certain masks and address ranges work. His objective is for his readers to be able to compute subnets on the fly--a task which many network professionals fake to this day--and as such, he takes you deep into the binary mysteries of TCP/IP. The explanations here are real migraine-inducers, but that's more the fault of TCP/IP's innate complexity than Lammle's explanations. Lammle himself admits that he expects his audience to have to reread the TCP/IP chapter at least once--but if you take the time to bear down, do the math, and really study, you'll never need to read another chapter on TCP/IP subnetting again.
The next sections of the book deal with Cisco routing commands, and it is here that the CCNA Study Guide truly shines. Cisco router commands are infamous for providing the user with floods of information, and the incoming tide of network statistics often sends fledgling CCNA trainees into info-shock. When you have three pages worth of data zipping by on your screen, how do you decide what the important bits are?
Lammle does an extremely good job of walking his students through the various Cisco commands. He explains what each command is meant to do, shows how it's done, and then shows you what you should be looking for after it's done. The chapters here are methodical, thorough, and dense, but they hang together excellently. The only problem is that Lammle assumes you'll be practicing these commands on an actual router--and many CCNA students don't have a practice lab to work with. However, if you purchase the CCNA Virtual Lab, a highly recommended piece of software that simulates Cisco routers in an connected environment, you'll have the next best thing to hands-on router experience. A preview edition of the Virtual Lab is included with the book.
The last section of the book is devoted to WAN protocols, and this part of the book is slightly disappointing. While the details presented in the WAN chapters are solid, they seem slightly out of proportion: while Wide Area Networks, and in particular, ISDN, are a reasonably large part of the CCNA exam, the ISDN section here is all of 20 pages. It's not that there's not enough to pass, but Lammle doesn't provide his usual wealth of details in the final chapter.
Like every good certification book, there are quizzes to test your skill, and you won't be lacking for choices here--seven "open answer" questions, 20 multiple-choice questions, and hands-on workshops grace the end of each chapter. The book ends with a 60-question final exam. The questions are moderately hard, and are a good test of your overall comprehension, but you can probably expect to find harder questions on the actual exam.
Rounding out this book is a voluminous hands-on walk-through of Catalyst 1900 Switch configuration, a comprehensive list of CCNA router commands, and a 70-page glossary. In short, this guide is like a stern teacher: it's not always easy to follow, and it's sometimes frustrating. But by the time you're finished, you'll understand the material better than you could have ever dreamed. --William Steinmetz
From the Back Cover
Here's the book you need to prepare for Cisco's new CCNA exam, 640-607. Written by a Cisco internetworking expert who knows exactly what it takes to pass the test, this Study Guide provides:
Assessment testing to focus and direct your studies In-depth coverage of official exam objectives Configuration practice with a Router Fundamentals Simulator Hundreds of challenging practice questions, in the book and on the CD
Authoritative coverage of all exam objectives, including: Understanding the OSI Reference Model Using Cisco IOS commands Adding RIP and IGRP routing protocols Working with TCP/IP Configuring Frame Relay, LMIs, maps, and subinterfaces Understanding WAN configurations and services Configuring and verifying IP addresses Working with ISDN protocols, function groups, reference points, and channels Controlling router passwords Creating and managing standard and extended access lists Logging into a router Backing up and loading a Cisco IOS software image
Featured on the CD The enclosed CD is packed with vital preparation tools and materials, beginning with the Sybex EdgeTest testing engine for the new CCNA exam, 640-607. To help you prepare for Cisco's simulation questions, we've included the Router Fundamentals Simulator, complete with hands-on labs. You'll also find an advanced testing engine loaded with hundreds of practice questions, sample simulation questions, and five bonus exams--it lets you test yourself chapter by chapter or according to objectives. Finally, we've added electronic flashcards for your PC, Pocket PCs, and Palm handhelds, as well as an electronic version of the entire book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Well, as many others have said, this book was just what I needed! It is clearly written, provides many examples, and has more of a conversational feel to it rather than the very technical and stiff style of writing. This book still brings the goods necessary to pass the test in 2010! There wasn't much that was on the actual exam that wasn't covered here. Is the book perfect? No, but people who say that this is not an adequate book to study for the exam really must not have read it and given it a real try. If you need prepare for the exam and need materials that are clear and concise, go with this book.
I didn't see it mentioned in reviews elsewhere, but the author actually has a website of his own and keeps an active forum there for people to ask questions or for tips on things they are struggling with. I didn't look at the forum till near the end of my study, but it was great to see the author himself, Todd Lammle, replying to questions as well as many others invested in the open forum.
I scored a 974 out of 1000 on the composite 640-802 exam using just this book and RouterSim's Network Visualizer. This was my primary studying source and Network Visualizer was my primary practicing source. Btw, RouterSim's simulator product is actually created with this book in mind - each chapter in the book corresponds to a set of labs that lets you go do things like set up EIGRP from scratch, or create VLANs, troubleshoot frame-relay connections, etc...
In summary, don't have any doubts, Todd Lammle knows his stuff and conveys it in a very accesible way that works just as well for the test now as it did when the book was first published! I highly recommend this book. Good luck!
That being said, there were some definite flaws. Others have mentioned the overabundance of SDM configurations and I couldn't agree more. Luckily I found out that the SDM isn't on the exam and spent little time on it, but I could see how others might be annoyed at the amount of coverage it received, especially in light of the fact that Cisco will be replacing the SDM in the near future so it isn't even worth knowing for practical use.
I also found the new topics for the 802 exam were less useful than the core areas. I found the IPv6 chapter confusing especially relating to autoconfiguration and link local addresses (can autoconfig create global addresses or not?!) I also found the wireless chapter to be weak, with far too much attention paid to selling the Cisco Unified Wireless Solution.
But overall, I feel this book was less dry than expected and helped me truly understand concepts (as opposed to memorizing commands). I was also lucky to have routers and switches available for my own lab at work and didn't need to rely on the sim software.
I would definitely recommend this book to an aspiring CCNA candidate. The humor may be corny, but the concepts are brought home and that's what it's all about.
The only downside to this book is that the chapters are too long. By the time that I get to the exercises at the end of a chapter, I have forgotten most of what I have read. It would be more helpful if a set of 10 or 20 multiple-choice questions was presented at the end of each major topic in each chapter, in addition to the end-of-chapter exercises. These exercises would more effectively reinforce what has been learned in that section and the chapter and thus better prepare the candidate to pass the certification exam.
Outside of that, this book not only serves as a training text but will make a great reference. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to prepare for the CCNA exam, learn Cisco networking, or keep a reference handy for review.