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Cisco newbie.. Help :)

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by quackers, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. quackers

    quackers Nibble Poster

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    Hi guys,

    you might remember i was completing the cisco IT essentials level 2, which im told is exactly the same as the a+. Well that is now passed and ive just signed up for the CCNA via cisco's netacademy.

    It doesnt start till the end of the month, what can i do to prepare a little? Anything i should be buying? Routers, switches etc?

    Thanks all
     
    Certifications: Degree, A+
    WIP: CCNA, MCDST
  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Buy these:
    CCNA 1 & 2
    CCNA 3 & 4

    They are the official text books for the course, and the online academy tests map to them.

    I have to say though that they are quite dry reading.

    8)
     
  3. quackers

    quackers Nibble Poster

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    Thanks for the links. Would it help if i had two working pcs at home and some cisco equipment?
     
    Certifications: Degree, A+
    WIP: CCNA, MCDST
  4. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    It may do yes, but what you could buy instead is a copy of Boson Net Sim. This will allow you to simulate PC's, Routers, Switches.
    It also had labs for CCNA included in it.

    8)
     
  5. quackers

    quackers Nibble Poster

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    That doesnt look too bad.. Cant beat a bit of simulation :biggrin
     
    Certifications: Degree, A+
    WIP: CCNA, MCDST
  6. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    ummm IMHO i think get some equipment if you can!!!

    ps trip im sure ill be here soon to help you out with all your CCNA questions aka the master! :biggrin
     
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
    WIP: M.Sc - Computer Forensics
  7. Pete01

    Pete01 Kilobyte Poster

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    I'm using this company:

    Mindtech

    $9 for 10 50 minute slots using the CCNP racks- the CCNA racks ($5 for 10 50 minute sessions) are heavily booked up so I paid the extra $4 for CCNP which has more routers/switches to play with.
     
    Certifications: MCP (NT4) CCNA
    WIP: 70-669, Learning MSI packaging
  8. quackers

    quackers Nibble Poster

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    That sounds decent, might be useful as i get more into the course. Thanks pete
     
    Certifications: Degree, A+
    WIP: CCNA, MCDST

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