I want to obtain CCNP and I would eventually like to obtain CCIE. But present focus is CCNP.
My CCNA from 2000 has expired, but I've looked at the current CCNA exam requirements and a number of books for it and I don't think I'll have any problem passing the new exam (CCNA). I plan on taking it in January.
I want to go ahead and order the books I'll need to prepare for CCNP. But I see that there are 2 (or more) paths for it. Which path should I follow?
At work, we run 6 4006's, 20+ 2900's, and 12 to 15 routers (2700 and up). Our site connects to 20+ other sites via MPLS. I also have a non-production lab setup with 1 2500, 1 2600 and 1 2900XL. But, I do NOT have access to any Cisco wireless devices. (I use a Linksys wireless router at home.)
With all of this said, I want to accomplish 3 things:
1. Learn as much as possible about routing, switching and anything else that will allow me to prepare for further promotion at work. (I'm considered "management" but my love is networking.
2. Be prepared for other employment opportunities by having a excellent - not "good" - understanding of current technologies.
3. Work toward obtaining CCIE.
With the above in mind, which CCNP path do you recommend I follow?
Should I get CCDA before CCNP?
What material do you recommend I use? (I don't want to simply pass the exam. I want to have a excellent understanding of the technologies.)
Do I need to buy a wireless Cisco device? If so, can wireless be added to any of the above devices?
I'm interested in any recommendations you have and I'll appreciate any that you offer.
Sorry this is so long. I just want you to have a clear picture of where I am and where I want to go.