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    Default Need Some Guidance -- New to Cisco Networking

    Hello,

    I am a complete newbie looking to get into Cisco networking. I want to begin studying for the CCENT and then CCNA, and then CCNP. So far I have made a list of the following to study with. Please let me know which I can do without and if there is anything I should replace. I am a recent college graduate (non-IT), currently with no job and am depending on my parents until I can find a suitable IT job preferably after I get my CCENT and CCNA certificates. Your help and guidance is very much appreciated!!

    *CCNA Study Guide by Todd Lammle 5th Edition. (6th edition to be published end of January -- should I wait for 6th edition or just purchase the 5th?) ----$35

    *CCNA Official Exam Cert. Library 3rd Edition by Wendell Odom ----$55

    *CCNA Virtual Lab Titanium Edition 2.09 by Todd Lammle ----$120
    --or-- Boson NetSim ----$200

    *CBT Nuggets CCNA Videos ----$400

    *certificationkits.com 3Router& 3Switch Lab Kit ----$400
    Contains:
    1-2520 Router
    1-2521 Router
    1-2610 Router
    1-2924 --or-- 2924M Switch
    2-1900 Switches (Upgrade to a 2924 for $40ea.)
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    I'm using the Lammle book, the Odom book and the CBT nuggets and think they're all good.

    The 6th Ed. of the Lammle book is already out btw.
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    Here's a article you can read to find out what handware you'll need for a lab: http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/24916

    It'll be cheaper to buy from ebay piece by piece rather then certificationkits.
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    Is there anything in that list that I can do without and which isnt necessary?
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    The switches are junk. You'll want 2950's.
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    +1

    I have a 2908XL and a 1900.

    Junk.

    Am on the lookout for 3550/60's
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    How are the 2924's and why are the switches "junk" ??
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    They just don't support the level of features that you need on the latest versions of the exams.

    Though I can setup VLAN's on the 1900 - the procedures are slightly different.

    (IIRC)
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    Are the routers I have listed okay?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingfisher
    Are the routers I have listed okay?
    Try reading those articles I posted and you'll have some answers for your questions. Both about the switches and routers.

    I don't want to sound mean but it takes some research before buying equipment and that article helps with any questions, no matter if you'll buy off ebay or not.
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    Very true, I've been working with Cisco equipment for 5 months now, and even with a CCNA, I do not have a full grasp of all the different model lines and what not.

    I'm aware of the "current" ones - like 28xx, 36xx, 37xx, 38xx, and the relevant switches, but the older ones I'm not sure.

    Though I've learnt a lot lately.
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