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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Arron, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. Arron

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    Hi everyone,

    Found this forum using google while looking for some information on setting up a CCNA lab at home. Found some useful tips but some of the posts are quite old. I finished my degree in network management & security in the summer and currently studying for my CCNA. I enrolled on a boot camp weekend using http://www.networksinc.co.uk/ and will be attending on the 3rd and 4th November. I havnt booked my exam yet but im hoping to pass in November. So far i have very little experience with Cisco hardware and only used simulators in university :( . Im hoping the boot camp weekend, 20 hours on line access to CCNA rack of live Cisco routers and switches and a home lab will help me pass my CCNA :biggrin . I am also planning to do a CCNP in the future, after a few years work experience and also expand my home lab to help prepare for that.

    These forums look like a good place to find advice on the CCNA and CCNP certs and hopefully i can learn a few things as well.

    Thanks. Arron.
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Hi Welcome

    I would say if you havent much networking experience then you should do the N+ first as it will give you a good grounding in Networks before dealing with CISCO kits.
     
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  3. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    I agree with what GBL said. Good luck with your studies :)

    Welcome to CF.

    -Ken
     
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  4. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Hi Arron and welcome to CF!

    Your plan to pass the CCNA is good, and the idea to wait a couple of years before you get CCNP is sound - though I would like to echo what the other guys said about getting the CompTIA N+.

    The N+ is a good vendor-neutral certification, giving you a good overview on networking. Unless you solely intend on specialising in Cisco for the time-being, it would be good to get the N+ under your belt before embarking on your career.

    I hope you enjoy CF - it's a great place to hang out while you're studying... err... I mean it helps you to study... or... something :biggrin
     
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  5. Arron

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    Thanks for your replies. I have heard of the CompTIA Network+ certification but dont know much about it. After some reading I found this:

    Exam Pattern
    The question types found on the network+ exam are:
    Multiple Choice with Single answer: Student is required to select a single answer from a range of options (generally 4-5) by clicking on a radio button.
    Multiple Choice with Multiple answer: Student is required to select a range of options. The number of options to select is specified.
    Fill in the Blank: Student is required to type in the missing text to complete the sentence.

    I am assuming that the CompTIA Network+ exam is easier than the CCNA exam as basically it is just theory? I also found that the exam is around £160, is that correct? Can I self study like my CCNA and pass the Network+ exam?

    Sorry for the many questions. Thanks again.
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    Yes to all
     
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  7. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    It's not *many* questions - no need to apologise!!

    In context, yes, the N+ is easier to study for than the CCNA - but don't let that fool you into thinking it's an easy cert.

    A lot of the topics you cover in the CCNA will be introduced for the first time in N+ - the OSI Model, TCP/IP suite, toplogies, and all sorts of yumminess. I recommend that at the least you grab yourself the Groth N+ book or the Meyers All In One book and do a little reading. You're correct - the exam is around £160. But with the plans you've got for your career (evidently networking!) it's £200 (including books!) well worth spending.
     
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  8. Arron

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    That sounds like the best route to take, just one extra hop ha ha.

    Thanks again.
     
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  9. wizard

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
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  10. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. :D
     
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  11. BosonMichael
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    Another vote for Network+. Welcome!
     
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  12. Rafek

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    Hello & welcome.

    Another for Network+:biggrin
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+
    WIP: IPT/IPCC stuff

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