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  1. so high, so fly theanimal's Avatar
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    So I have the ICND1 guide by Wendell Odom, the CCENT guide by Todd Lammle, and the Train Signal ICND1 videos.

    What would be my best route to go about studying? Read the chapters in Wendell's book, then read the same chapter in Todd's book, then follow up with the videos? I'm sure this seems like a rather silly question but I just want to study the most effective way possible.
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    There's different ways to study. There's a LOT of methods for studying. I've seen books on this and became obsessed with that answer.

    Yes, You can go ahead and draw pictures, and draw lists, and do fancy drawings with bubbles and the like but what really matters if that you spend the time to think about the material. Reading, Note taking, Labbing. Every time you exercise your knowledge you dig the knowledge into your mind.

    At first, you need to keep learning the same material quite often, which will become progressively longer between. It'll get to the point where you really only need to look over the material and skim every year or so.

    As far as your method of studying? Which ever feels the most comfortable. This will take trial and error. I'll be honest with you, I've gone through three certs - 4 if I want to include the one I didn't test and I still haven't found "Mine"
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    Hello, This year.. I am going for it. I am starting from the ground level, and am going to do CCENT ICND1.. first... I "really" want to buy a older switch to practice on, rather then remote into someone else stack. With that said.. I'm looking on ebay at a few 2950.. for switches. Is there any other models that you guys can recommend? Are there any dealers other than the ones on ebay, that you can post here, or if not permissible on the forum, PM me? I'm looking in the $30.00 range.. free shipping would also be a plus. Thank You, and Thanks Roguetadhg for such a great thread!
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    best bet, check Craigslist otherwise!
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    hi,

    this school has a certain course to prepare students for CCNA exam.

    this is it >> Continuing Education Program 7390 - CISCO Certified Networking Associate

    should i enroll in that program or should i self study, i have very limited knowledge about networking.
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    Roguetadhg--Man I can't THANK YOU ENOUGH. For taking the time to outline everything. This will really help. As a man that went after his CCNA twice and failed, I guess my pride got the better of me. I mean I thought I could knock out the CCNA without any actual prior experience. I should have listen to my voice and went with the two test path in the beginning. Would have saved a ton of time, money and heartaches. All of these items will certainly help me in changing from looking at the composite test, into breaking it down into both test. You have no idea how much this will help guys like me. Your outline, again it's different for everyone, when it comes to actually taking on all the material...but you provide a great place to look for lots of material and insights if like me one chooses to self study. I have the drive, the determination, and now I will use the info you provide to help get these certs. A HUGE thanks again.

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    Great post, But i have a question, Can the post be updated to reflect the new exams being released? Meaning an update on the Equipment/Software available. I want to build a Home CCNA/CCNA:Security Lab sometime in the next month. I Need/Want it for my WGU journeys and will hopefully still use it in future (hopefully) CCNP labs. Any good setups that can be used for the newest and old CCNA and CCNA:sec exams? I'm still reading up on it but with all these changes, I get skeptical about buying things =\. Anyway, Great post!
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    Lab Recommendations (IOS 15) from Jeremy:
    New CCNA exams, chat with Jeremy Cioara - YouTube [I have it at the specific question]


    "Do I have to go buy new equipment that runs IOS 15? No. No you do not."

    As far as editing the post... I can't do that. I would, if I could.
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    Great stuff, I saw the video, Thanks
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    Hi everyone,

    I am new to the forum and have joined because of this thread, Roguetadhg thank you for a great write up!

    This year I am planning to finally get my CCNA sorted and joined this forum for motivation and tips on how to stay motivated and get through it all

    I will be taking the two exams, icnd1 and icnd2 approach and am purchasing the Todd Lammle CCNA Edition 7 today.
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    Welcome to the forum, simoncam.

    Good luck with your studies.
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    Thanks Xyro. This forum looks really good and I think it will help with my motivation issues...well my motivation to continue to the end ..I am a bull out of the gates when I start studying for a new exam haha.
    As mentioned above I purchased the book today...hopefully have it Monday. For ICDN1, next steps include:
    -break down book into 4 sections, associate each section with a week to complete
    -lock in week 5 and 6 for revision and extra study
    -book exam for end of week 6

    Then lock in schedule for ICND2.

    Very keen to stay on track and get the CCNA out of the way
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    No problem & for me it has been a great help, at least information-wise. "Bull out of the gates" lol. I like that.

    Well at least that deadline of Sept. 30 should assist you also! (I'm assuming that you've read about the exam changes.)
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    Simon, Don't open the ICND2 book before you finish INCD1. I made that mistake and regretted it. Just stick with the task at hand, study ICND1 and when you start searching for hardware and dreaming about switches you know its on.

    Good Luck!
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    I be armed. Got my package today. So happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xyro View Post
    No problem & for me it has been a great help, at least information-wise. "Bull out of the gates" lol. I like that.

    Well at least that deadline of Sept. 30 should assist you also! (I'm assuming that you've read about the exam changes.)
    Yep I have read the exam changes....honestly they seem rather minor...and nothing too drastic in variation....would you agree?
    I am deciding whether I study for the new ones or the current...logic says the new ones, but I feel that a CCNA cert will look the same whether I do either...hmmm . Would gladly like opinions on this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyred View Post
    Simon, Don't open the ICND2 book before you finish INCD1. I made that mistake and regretted it. Just stick with the task at hand, study ICND1 and when you start searching for hardware and dreaming about switches you know its on.
    Good Luck!
    Hi tommyred,
    Thanks for the tip!
    So I ordered (well work ordered ) the Todd Lammle CCNA v7 book today, and I already have the official Cisco ICND1 v3 Odom book. My plan is to go through the ICND1 book first (while also comparing chapters with the Lammle book), then go through the Lammle CCNA book start to finish for the ICND2.
    Btw, the day I start dreaming bout switches and stop dreaming bout girls I will be concerned haha
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    Linuxlover: You have a lot of the same books I have!

    Simoncam: Welcome!
    1- I have to see the changes like this: If you're afraid of the changes, you're in the wrong area to work with. Technology will keep evolving. Keep up or be left behind!
    2- As far as making the exams more difficult: It's all difficult if you don't know it. Just means you'll need to spend more time with the material!

    If you get a CCNA now, or CCNA after the changes you'll still have a CCNA. Some HR goons do look at the span of time you've had the CCNA exam as the longer the worse because of forgetting information. I feel that if you've passed your CCNA twice without any lapse, it could overcome that thought. But your CCNA is still a CCNA.

    As far as dreaming about switches... You will. You'll also learn to love it, because you know how a switch operates like a back of your hand. Sure, little information like "How many second does...." will escape you, but the vast amount of information like "What's the difference of a switch and router?" You'll be able to go into great detail about the two. I find myself stumbling over words because there's just SO MUCH to say AND I'm excited about it. It makes it worse! I end up saying some jibberish because words just can not explain how I feel about the topics!


    I will agree with tommyred: Open up the ICND1 first. Get through the book first. If you want to open the next book, go ahead. But don't go into the book with the thought of wanting to understand everything, or anything. Go in it and make whatever coloring, tabbing, etc. But don't read to read. ICND1 is an upwards climb. ICND2 is an upwards climb. Take it one base camp at a time. The time you give yourself to understand the basic foundations will follow you through the next exam.

    I can't stress that enough: Understand the foundations in and out. If you go onto CCNP or CCIE the foundation knowledge will help out. I've read these books so I sort of know that I'm just not talking out of my butt!
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    Roguetadhg: Thanks.
    Regarding your points:
    1 - I agree, if your afraid of change your in the wrong industry
    2 - new exam, old exam, still gotta study just as hard right haha

    I have done the prep for the CCNA about 6 years ago and was well across everything but never got my CCNA....so it has been on my list to complete. Alot of it will be familiar and not a completely new start, though close to
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    Hey,
    I am new too, just regged for all the nice Cisco Cert Threads and Stuff
    Doing the CCNA in june I hope and maybe the CCNA Sec at the end of the year.
    I just bought the Lammle Self Study Guide, which is very good imo, I also use some cheatsheets and I got cisco HW at work anyway, so I am lucky that I can play around with the newest toys
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    Quote Originally Posted by linuxlover View Post
    I be armed. Got my package today. So happy.

    Is there a difference in his second and third edition? I have the second
    WGU Progress: In Progress | Finishing Bachelors Degree in IT-Security
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    Hey guys i think i am gonna take first route to get my CCNA. But I have one question ...
    If i take ICND1, ICND2 i will get my CCNA cert and CCENT cert right.
    So what if i take just CCNA Composite (640-802) then i dont have CCENT certification? i would have to take ICND1 in order to get it ?

    because if thats right then it is the cheapest and best to take ICND1, ICND2 u also save 50$ am i correct ?
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    Just obtained my first cert yesterday, Security+. Starting a new career as a Information Security Analyst in a few weeks for a fortune 100 and to be honest, I hate networking. It was kinda boring to me...But I have decided to go back and get my CCNA. "Back" you ask? Yep, see a couple of years ago, I tried the whole Cisco learning academy thing. I was killing it, Did great in Cisco Discovery 1 and 2, stopped putting the effort in and resulted to just cheating to pass the class exams. I lost my focus. I stopped looking at actually learning the material and converted to "I just need to do whatever to pass this class so I can get this stupid Associates in Networking." Which is really azz backwards because I already had a Bachelors in Management Information systems and a few years of IT experience.

    Long story short, I want to go back into networking to reinforce my real interest...Which is Security, but how can you secure when you don't even know how you are being threatened/attacked? Eventually, I want to obtain my GSEC and SSCP, maybe go for CISSP down the road, but my next goal is to take CCENT in the next couple months and take CCNA before they "switch" out the exam on October 1. Ultimate goal with that is to get to the CCNA Security. Luckily I still have access to Packet Tracer which I have downloaded on a couple of my personal computers, which is a big help from buying all those damn switches and routers.
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    New user here haha.. What is your personal opinion of this as a means of study:
    1. Just finished the cisco netacad courses.
    2. Follow up with Lammels book.
    3.Continue Packet Tracer labs.
    4.Research study topics on documentation section of cisco.com
    5. Various video references ranging from CBT to youtube videos.
    6.POSSIBLY purchase the Boson practice exams.

    Feed back is much appreciated. Thanks.
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