Need CCNA study recommendations

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Jun 11th, 2007
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I'm studying for my CCNA. Does anyone have any recommended study materials they use? Specific Books, practice tests, simulators etc? Has anyone used Transcender's stuff and if so what do you think?

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glengregory Tue, 06/12/2007 - 02:35
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For CCNA, if you really want to get a firm grip of the CCNA contents, I recommend 2 study guides:-

1] Cisco Press (INTRO + ICND) by Wendell Odom

2] Sybex Press CCNA study guide by Todd Lammle

Each book does not cover certain topics completely. For e.g. Sybex does not show you NAT & does not give you a good explanation on VLANs, STP, etc. The Cisco book gives full NAT config, covers switching very well, but skimps on EIGRP & OSPF, which is very important. So if you use both, you benefit!

Practicing on real cisco gear is very important (I'm a hands-on guy). But if for some reason you can't, then there are Emulators, simulators, etc. Try these:-

1] Cisco 7200 Simulator

2] Dynagen

3] Boson NetSim for CCNA 6.0

I have heard that Transcenders are very good, but expensive. Here are some others that I have compiled while studying for CCNA:-

And finally, practice, practice & practice!

Hope this helps...



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