View Poll Results: What is the hardest topic to study for CCNA?

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  • Bridging/Switching

    396 6.97%
  • 7-layer OSI Model

    422 7.43%
  • Routed Protocols (IP)

    150 2.64%
  • Routing Protocol (RIP, IGRP etc.)

    685 12.05%
  • WAN Protocols (Frame Relay, ISDN, PPP, etc.)

    2,429 42.74%
  • LAN Technologies

    106 1.87%
  • Basic Router Management and Configuration

    282 4.96%
  • Access Lists

    1,213 21.34%
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    WAN technologies are soooo confusing..
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    #177
    I took my CCNA test last friday and failed. Not to worry I have already rescheduled another attempt later this month. Its funny that WAN protocols are the hardest by majority I actually got a 100% in that category. For me it was hands on router configuration, ACLs, and NAT. Im definitely gonna push the studying though I want this CCNA so bad.
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    #178
    Its a toss up between WAN technologies and Spanning Tree. Both topics took me a while to grasp.
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    Well the chapters from 6 to 9 are pretty hard in Lammels book. You should study them well. The rest is easy. And a little bit practice off course. To bring everything to exam is the hardest thing I think.
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    #180
    The hardest topic for me in CCENT is probably ACLs, getting the behaviour correct for what you want and also predicting the behaviour of how an already implemented ACL will perform in conjunction with other things such as NAT.

    Funnily enough subnetting is the easiset, it doesn't change, there are no gotchas. What you see is always what you get.
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    #181
    With the new version of CCNA I think the routing parts may be difficult for it includes some parts that we brought from CCNP route.
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    I Suck at wan techs
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    STP killed me on the CCNA, and I almost didn't pass because of it.
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    #184
    All I gotta say is... FRAME RELAY. Most of the other WAN questions were pretty straightforward, frame relay is just a pain. I had fun with the routing stuff. I guess parts of the extended ACLs were a little tedious as well
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    so i need to focus more studying on WAN to pass CCNA.
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    #186
    I think the reason most people have issues with WAN, is is new. All the rest deal with IP / MAC address and build on the basic networking that people pick up when you use a desk top PC. WAN's is something a bit different, its not hard to get your hard round as long as you spend a bit of time getting your hand dirty with it.
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    #187
    It's the NAT and Access Lists that are a real pain for me...
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    #188
    EIGRP I am finding tremendously difficult at the moment.
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    #189
    Quote Originally Posted by AWetzel1025 View Post
    I took my CCNA test last friday and failed. Not to worry I have already rescheduled another attempt later this month. Its funny that WAN protocols are the hardest by majority I actually got a 100% in that category. For me it was hands on router configuration, ACLs, and NAT. Im definitely gonna push the studying though I want this CCNA so bad.
    I was the opposite. I scored 100% on ACLs and NAT, but my lowest score was on WANs for both ICND1 (60%) and ICND2 (83%).
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    #190
    I have problems memorizing the commands sometimes but I understand the underlying concept behind the different protocols.
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    WAN technologies
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    #192
    I voted for
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    because STP and RSTP was the hardest thing on me
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    #193
    spanning tree in depth and complete osi model understanding is hard
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    #194
    I would have to say that spanning tree was the hardest for me to understand completely.
    You really just have to have an image or sketch of 4 switches and start labeling ports roles and to determine blocked paths.
    Could also be because it is Chapter1 in Lammle's book. By the time you finish the book, you can't remember everything.

    Also, I thought Frame Relay was a close second. Once you understand the commands and the show outputs(sh frame-relay map), you'll understand it much easier. Also, knowing why to choose p2p or to choose multipoint interfaces helps out.

    For Third, I would say making sure you know everything about the metrics involved with EIGRP and OSPF. Especially good to compare both protocols to better know each.
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    #195
    IPv6 is the most difficult. I just dont get it.

    Everything else was easy. EIGRP is a DISTANCE VECTOR. OSPF is a LINK STATE.

    Both dont work if the Hello and dead timers are wrong. For OSPF its the AREA #s. For EIGRP its the Process ID number that needs to be the same.

    STP and RSTP are easy. RSTP adds two extra link states. It has rapid convergence.


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    undoubtedly, the hardest topic are NAT and Access control lists.
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    #197
    Voted for WAN technologies due to Frame relay mostly, as others have said it is a bit different from everything else you learn. STP is quite hard too but thats just due to the amount of stuff there is to learn for it, it starts to click once you play with it. NAT was another topic i struggled with for ages.
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    I voted for WAN technologies too. Learning the different encapsulation types, working out which is being used, Frame relay - The list goes on. The struggle is real but we will get there.
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    WAN, only because of Frame Relay. So much labbing just to "kind of" understand it.
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    they pull some pretty tricky **** in those exam questions, there are several areas you need to be solid in: the OSI model and what happens at each layer, and what they use as input, bytes, frames, packets.... remember Do Sargent's Pay For Beer - Data, Segment, Packets, Frame, Bits and the OSI model and how it relates to the tcp/ip model... worst I think is all the protocols, internal and external... rule of thumb if it is a Cisco proprietary protocol, then most likely it isn't routable....
    order the CCNA book from cisco with the disk, I picked mine up from barnesandnoble.com $25.00 or there abouts, comes with sample tests a lot better than anything I have found on the web, includes questions from INCD1 and INCD2 exams, you can practice until you get it right...
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