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    Roguetadhg , thanks for the motivational help while reading this thread. The entire time I was laughing because you was really on point of how I been feeling, thinking, & acting towards working on my CCNA. So far it's been 3 months, I been wishy washy on which test I should take the 2 separate tests or composite. But from reading this, I'll most likely take the separate ones because not all that confident about taking the composite. Only because I know the basics of Networking & not a full blown pro. But thank you again ! It makes me want to work even harder towards my goal now & to know I wasn't alone thinking like this !
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    Thanks for the thread, a lot rings true....especially the fears and doubts that drawn out studying can do. I stayed in a desktop position for too long and am trying to change my future. Hopefully i'll be able to keep at it as trying to study after long days of work can be very trying.

    One edit note, I'm assuming you meant CCNA instead of CCBA for the recommended books?

    First the books: These are the most-often recommended books members at Tech-Exams gravitate towards:
    - Todd Lammle. CCBA Study Guide. 1 Book.
    - Wendell Odom. CCNA Offical Cert Library. 2 Books
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    Still need to get some routers. I've been using GNS3 in limited fashion but it just isn't the same!
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    Yes, the CCNA book, is what I was getting at.

    I can't edit the thread anymore, so It'll have to be CCBA. You've got rep, though, for noticing!
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    Great thread Rougetadhg.
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    Great thread Rougetadhg. You have given me some motivation to get back to . THX
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    Those looking for some switch time check this out:
    Free Cisco Catalyst Switch Lab

    It's run by a member: Help with LAB
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roguetadhg View Post
    Yes, the CCNA book, is what I was getting at.

    I can't edit the thread anymore, so It'll have to be CCBA. You've got rep, though, for noticing!
    Have you considered starting a new thread, pasting all the information in with spelling edits, and reserving the first three posts? You can always mention that and link back to this older post.

    You may want to mention the "post your lab pics" thread for those looking to build their own lab. It certainly helps to get an idea of what people are using and how it is all hooked up in a rack and to get an idea of cables needed.

    Also, you want to list INE as "currently free" instead of paid and consider changing the link for the bryant advantage to the homepage of his website.

    Just a thought anyway, This thread was very helpful and I believe it should be stickied.
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    I'd rather not invoke the wrath of the mods by creating a duplicate thread. In all seriousness - there's going to be a time limit for editing and deleting. It's just too much for me to keep recreating, and changing.

    Simply put: It'll add confusion for the persons I'm trying to help by having multiple semi-identical named threads. I'm sure not everyone will read all the pages, so if I said "You can go here for the newest version..." I'm sure there'll be posts that'll ignore that and then continue to add stuff.

    When it boils down to it: This thread is to have others help others. You've already suggested good stuff, as such I do try to reward those with rep points. It's the most immediate reward I can give for helping others.

    I know I've seen that people don't want to read something as long as this. That's fine. However, As far as someone not wanting to read all the pages. They need to get on their big pants and figure out that reading this thread is just a tip of the iceberg for what they're about to embark on. If they can't come to terms to reading 4 pages of helpful advice from many point of views... I doubt they'll be able to survive the time investment of getting the CCNA.
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    Not sure about the usefulness of the switches, but the 2500 series routers only support up to 12.3 IOS. The recommended IOS version for CCENT/CCNA prep is 12.4. This thread provides a good gear outline, but I would also recommend Wendell Odoms blog. He provides a good comparison of the various hardware options.
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    I don't recommend Ebay kits. I've just heard of too many horror stories that it makes me cringe at the thought.

    1. Always be skeptical
    2. It doesn't tell you anything about the hardware. Other than "Guaranteed" and the models.
    - Memory sizes
    - show commands, bootup
    - IOS versions (Hard to do
    - Ports powered on.

    Depending how much $171 means to you, the risk may be reasonable.
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    Stay away from the 2500 series routers unless you're buying one as an access server. Just pick up the 1721s for $40 a piece and go to town.
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    Can't give you more rep yet, Zartanasaurus. Just know I have tried.
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    Pls make this thread sticky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roguetadhg View Post
    Those looking for some switch time check this out:
    Free Cisco Catalyst Switch Lab

    It's run by a member: Help with LAB
    This is very awesome. Thank you. I think i hit a snag. I telnet or putty into it, i get the welcome message. And it says it Return to enter, but all i get is ".............."

    Please advise.
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    I like this thread, motivating.
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    Free Cisco Catalyst Switch Lab

    Is the original thread about the lab. I haven't tried using the lab myself (And won't be due to where my internet is)
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    This deserves a sticky IMO.
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    I agree, definitely worthy of a sticky. Not to sure why it isn't. Unless there is a limit to the amount of stickies any particular sub-forum can contain. I believe the CCNA/CCENT forum is the current champ with six. It's to bad if that is the case as this thread, and Subnetting Made Easy, have been a godsend for my studies. I guess I'll settle for having to bookmark them for now.
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    Looks like what I say becomes reality!

    Mila Kunis should be in my bedroom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zartanasaurus View Post
    Looks like what I say becomes reality!

    Mila Kunis should be in my bedroom.
    Any luck???
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    Any luck???
    Just got back. Man I am worn out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zartanasaurus View Post
    Looks like what I say becomes reality!

    Mila Kunis should be in my bedroom.
    I tried to set that up for you too, but no luck.
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