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Networking for Home and Small Businesses, CCNA Discovery Learning Guide 1St Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 061-9472132098
ISBN-10: 1587132095
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Allan Reid is the curriculum lead and a CCNA/CCNP instructor at the Centennial College CATC in Toronto, Canada. Allan is a professor in the Information and Communications Engineering Technology department and an instructor and program supervisor for the School of Continuing Education at Centennial College. He has developed and taught networking courses for both private and public organizations and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of numerous certificate, diploma, and degree programs in networking. Allan is also a curriculum developer for the Cisco Networking Academy. Outside of his academic responsibilities, he has been active in the computer and networking fields for more than 25 years and is currently a principal in a company specializing in the design, management, and security of network solutions for small and medium-sized companies. Allan authored the first edition of WAN Technologies CCNA 4 Companion Guide (Cisco Press, ISBN: 1-58713-172-2) and Using a Networker’s Journal, which is a supplement to A Networker’s Journal (Cisco Press, ISBN: 1-58713-158-7). Most recently, Allan co-authored the CCNA Discovery online academy courses “Networking for Home and Small Businesses” and “Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise” with Jim Lorenz.

 

Jim Lorenz is an instructor and curriculum developer for the Cisco Networking Academy. Jim coauthored several Cisco Press titles including Fundamentals of UNIX Companion Guide, Second Edition (ISBN 1-58713-140-4), Fundamentals of UNIX Lab Companion, Second Edition (ISBN 1-58713-139-0), and the third editions of the CCNA Lab Companions. He has more than 20 years’ experience in information systems ranging from programming and database administration to network design and project management. Jim has developed and taught computer and networking courses for both public and private institutions. As the Cisco Academy Manager at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona, he was instrumental in starting the Information Technology Institute (ITI) and developed a number of certificates and degree programs. Most recently, Jim co-authored the CCNA Discovery online academy courses “Networking for Home and Small Businesses” and “Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise” with Allan Reid.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1St Edition edition (December 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587132095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587132094
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.3 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is an introductory text for the complete beginner to all things computer. I'm astounded this is being used at college level to be honest as the vast majority of the early chapters is upper middle school level I would have thought. A reasonably competent person of college age will be skipping through the first few chapters and so might miss some key points involving nomenclature - which is very important from the perspective of passing the certification. Cisco's definition of "peripheral" is quite different to that I learned when I began in IT for example.

The buyer should know that much of the network analysis lab work can only be done with an account at the Cisco training server, which you get if you have stumped up the kilobux needed for a certification course. The casual student will not have access to these labs. A clever and motivated student could easily devise their own versions of said labs with a couple of inexpensive machines and some free packet analysis tools. I can envision a setup using Raspberry Pis and Wireshark for example, something I will be doing myself when I get time.

The Windows examples (and all the "suck it and see" mini labs are Windows based from what I can tell) are written up for XP, which I feel is a bit dated. Yes, many enterprises still use XP, but it goes out of service life in the spring of 2014. A new printing should have been done before now, and Windows 7 users will be out of luck when it does finally happen because windows 8 will be the flavor of the month (for better or worse).

There are workshops that *can* be performed from the included disk. Some of these are very useful, some serve to emphasize the low level of the starter material.

Even so, I reckon it's a four star product. It is very readable and despite my reservations should get the material across unambiguously.
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The book is totally outdated. The tasks are based in Windows XP,but technology has left XP by the wayside. This is supposed to be a fundamentals book, but you need to know how to navigate your Operating System somewhat in order to complete the tasks in the book before you read the book.
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By sparky on December 15, 2012
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I ONLY USED IT FOR ONE CLASS BUT THERE IS A WEALTH OF IN FORMATION HERE FOR THE BEGINNER. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR ALL WHO ARE LOOKING INTO COMPUTERS AS A PROFESSION. I AM AN OLD TIMER AND I HAVE LEARNED MUCH FROM THIS TEXT.
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I was required to get this book for a CISCO CCNA 1 course in my community college. The content is presented in an understandable and well structured format, I'm doing Chapter 4 at the moment and I have not had problems understanding the topics.
This does not get 5 stars since the labs are based on Win XP, if I could find instructions or a guide provided by the publisher or author to do them Win7 I would give it 5 starts.
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By Nathan Davis on September 17, 2013
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This product is just another Cisco product. It is convoluted and intentionally so. It is designed to feed the Cisco machine more money at your expense. Unless you are required to have this for a class, I would never recommend it's purchase. Even if you were to take a Cisco certification (which are also guaranteed to be more complex than the concepts actually are and at times the very courses designed by Cisco to train you for these are 100% incorrect about a thing or two and sadly this may even carry on to the certification.)

I highly recommend if you have a choice never even studying for Cisco CCNA,CCNE, or Cisco-whatever even from Cisco's own books. You might think I am not being serious but I have read hundreds and hundreds of pages of IT books and had hundreds of hours in IT work yet Cisco still holds a special hatred in my heart for being designed to make you fail. The questions are designed to make you fail to get 100%, the answers are designed for you to fail (or are even factually incorrect when it comes to Cisco courses!) I suspect the only thing keeping masses of people in Cisco-based courses is almost always a large amount of people or other-credit work keeping college grades up.

Back to the product; as far as the product I literally would never read it even in class courses with it. It was more of an expensive paperweight each and every semester it was required, and one could learn much faster using online materials generally provided with the course.

If you have a choice, go CompTIA A+, then N+, then S+, not Cisco. I recommend Mike Meyers other books through McGraw Hill.
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More experienced individuals might find this book on the basic side of things, but it's great for someone who wants a thorough review and explanation of network and IT basics.

If you plan on taking a Cisco class that uses this book you will find it informative, as it explains concepts covered in the online material with greater detail, without using overly complicated terms or jargon.

Individuals that have already been introduced to Cisco Networking concepts might find the next book in the series more beneficial as it covers more technical aspects: (Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP, CCNA Discovery Learning Guide )
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The product is a part of my class 7 & is giving me the extra help I need to keep my 4.0 GPA.
It is for beginners, & starts off with A+ type information. Once you get past that the packet tracer
information slowly brings you into the CISCO wprld.
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