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Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by ethernet0, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. ethernet0

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    After much debating (with myself) on where, or what, to do next I have eventually decided on the CCNA.


    I have at my disposal:

    Cisco Packet Tracer 5.3.1
    CBT Nuggets (ICND1+2)
    Hard copy Study Guide (Todd Lammle)
    Testing Engine


    I was told that the packet tracer will suffice at this level and to be honest I have neither the funds or the room to set up a lab at present.

    Clearly I won't know when I will be prepared to take on the test but I am hoping around 4-5 months... is this a little too optimistic?

    Any other study resources/tips you can recommend would be great.
     
  2. BosonMichael
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    What is Testing Engine?
     
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    Transcender with CCNA pack.

    I haven't purchased the pack yet but will as I progress. I have used them since my 1st MCP2K exam, however I am taking a look at Boson products and shall try out the demo before my final decision.
     
  4. billyr

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    That'll be enough to see you through no problem.

    Have you thought about ditching the CBT Nuggets? As good a resource as it is you could probably pick up a couple of 2600 series routers and 2 x 2950 switches to make a decent lab for the same price. The Lammle book i'd say is enough to get you through on it's own with plenty hands on lab practice.

    There's a lot to be gained pulling your hair out fault finding a WAN link only to discover that you've either not connected the cable or you have the head on the wrong way round :)
     
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  5. ethernet0

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    I'm going to do some pricing up on ebay.

    To be honest the packet tracer and nuggets were given to me by a guy at work who has recently passed, but I am thinking there is no replacement for hands on, so I will follow your recommendations.

    Thanks Billyr
     
  6. BosonMichael
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    You were using Transcender's products back when I wrote for them, then. I left after Self Test bought Transcender and started outsourcing their writing to India. Supposedly, they've stopped the practice, but it doesn't matter - many of Transcender's former employees now work for Boson.
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    Well, that's likely to be tricky. See, it's not legal for people to resell their old CBT stuff on eBay, nor can it be used by multiple people... it's a single-user non-transferrable license. Same thing with practice exams.
     
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  8. danielno8

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    My impression was that he is going to look on Ebay for old kit to use in a lab.

    I'd second this choice. I'd say it's more beneficial, and also makes the studying more fun.
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    Yep, that'd be fine. But the comment was also directed at the other half of the quoted text, where he got the study materials for free from a co-worker. This is also against the licensing terms.
     
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  10. danielno8

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    Well then the comment about being tricky doesn't make sense. In his post he said he was not planning to use those study materials, and was instead going to get some kit on ebay. Nothing tricky about that.
     
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  11. BosonMichael
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    Okay, fine... I'm sure he understands what we mean now. Must I go back and change my post so you can understand, Daniel?
     
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  12. ethernet0

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    Yes, I knew what you meant. I knew when I wrote it that the licensing was bound to be highlighted.

    However, I will be using live lab equiptment instead. I am planning to do the Juniper Associate exam first anyhow so it may be a few months before I start my CCNA preparation.

    As for transcenders, I remember people complaining at the standard when it was bought, now I know the reason why.

    Thank you both for the input.
     
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  13. danielno8

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    Nope. Just if your gonna talk in such a way, at least make sure you're making sense.
     
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  14. BosonMichael
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    It does not surprise me that you don't understand. Not that it matters; the OP understood.
     
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  15. danielno8

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    You quoted the wrong post, because in that one he wasn't talking about using materials illegally. In that post he said he was NOT going to use materials illegally, and he WAS going to look on ebay for lab kit.

    As i said, nothing tricky about that.

    I, as the OP did, understood that you were speaking about illegally buying/using materials. What didn't make sense is WHY you chose to give your smart arse "that's going to be tricky" comment under a post which detailed nothing which is tricky.
     
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    It also does not surprise me that you would pick my post apart, considering your long history of trolling me. :rolleyes:
     
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    My only reason for doing so is i don't like the way you choose to speak to people sometimes.
     
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  18. BosonMichael
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    There's nothing wrong with "how I chose to speak to Ethernet0". But if you disagree... do you see that little ! at the top of the post? If you don't like it, report it.

    Then again, I've told you this before, so I don't expect you'll pay much attention to it this time either.
     
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  19. billyr

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    Get a room you guys. :hug:lovly
     
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    This site has a decent and FREE CCNA practice test. You can try it and see where you are and then work on from there. I found it good and when ever I take it, it gives me different question, also gives answer key and explanation at the end of test.
     
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