CCNA Routing and Switching Portable Command Guide (ICND1 100-105, ICND2 200-105, and CCNA 200-125) 4th Edition
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About the Author
Scott Empson is the chair of the Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology degree program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he has taught Cisco routing, switching, network design, and leadership courses in a variety of different programs (certificate, diploma, and applied degree) at the postsecondary level. Scott is also the program coordinator of the Cisco Networking Academy Program at NAIT, an Area Support Centre for the province of Alberta. He has a master of education degree along with three undergraduate degrees: a bachelor of arts, with a major in English; a bachelor of education, again with a major in English/language arts; and a bachelor of applied information systems technology, with a major in network management. He currently holds several industry certifications, including CCNP, CCDP, CEH and Network+. Before instructing at NAIT, he was a junior/senior high school English/language arts/computer science teacher at different schools throughout northern Alberta. Scott lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his wife, Trina, and two children, Zachariah and Shaelyn.
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Scott Empson is unmatched at explaining and showing complex concepts including hard to follow topics such as Subnetting and Route Summation specifically. Empson takes you by the hand, introduces a concept using well thought out diagrams and written analogies. You are then carefully steered towards a complete understanding of each topic by following a line by line walk-through of the Cisco IOS commands that completely from scratch, re-create the lab diagram he used as an example in the introduction. Leaving no room for error.
When it comes to textbooks, no textbook is perfect but this book does exactly what it sets out to do. This Routing and Switching Portable Command Guide provides a clear and approachable presentation of the most used in-the-field Cisco Switching skills and concepts. You won't be disappointed!
While this book does not cover every single aspect of the CCNA exam, your studies would be incomplete without this priceless gem.
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The seller of this book was Amazon themselves and what I found odd is that the book says it was literally printed and shipped the same day I ordered it???
Well the new book I received has 5 blank pages in the rear of the book (where all the Cisco Press ads would be) and the CD sleeve where the promo code insert should be is completely absent. Another thing is that the inside front and back covers are blank? The colors on the cover are not exactly the same nor is the text as sharp as the other copy I have.
Anyone else have this happen?
UPDATE: My replacement copy had the same issue, missing contents and this time was printed on 01 June 2019 (again same day as the replacement order was placed.) It looks like Amazon is printing these books on demand and doesn't include everything that is supposed to be in the book as Cisco Press advertises.
I bought this on kindle because with a book like this you really want a search feature. The problem is all the commands and their descriptions are IMAGES, not text. So if you want to search a command you have to search the subcommand, go to the chapter and read to find the exact one you are looking for.
ex. Say you cant remember setting up a trunk and what comes after: switchport trunk allowed ?. You can search "switchport trunk allowed", you have to search "trunk " then browse through the chapter to find the subcommand.
Why is does an all text book about text commands not have searchable text? Microsoft and G books both have image text search support...why does this not exist on kindle, the largest ebook platform there is.
However the CD ROM pouch in the rear of the book did not a have CD in it. Given this, I assume this book just doesn't ship with a CD - but if so then why include the pouch in the rear of the book to vex your purchasers?!?!
I was hoping to also receive a CD with a .pdf file version of the book to reference from my computers where I could copy commands, etc. Very disappointing...