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ICND1 a few weeks away

Discussion in 'Routing & Switching' started by TommyTee, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. TommyTee

    TommyTee Byte Poster

    Hi everyone, lurked for a about a month but thought i'd now sign up and pester you all :)

    I got my incd1 at the start of next month. I've been using a mix of the Wendell Icnd1 book, TrainSignal (thanks mr byrant, good stuff), boson for labs, http://www.subnettingquestions.com/ and a couple test exams - 6 hours a day at the moment.

    I've noticed that in boson there are quite a few things that don't display the same as they did when i was watching the TrainSignal videos, less options etc. Is this common? Is there a better simulator to try?

    Anything else I should do? with the exception of the cisco specific stuff I've encountered all the other aspects of the curriculum before at Uni so 12 days into my incd1 studying I'm a little over confident as it kinda feels a little bit more of a refresher, need to be reined in :) Hats off to people that have never been involved with networking getting this cert, great achievement.

    Anyone comment if the icnd2 required more time for study/is it harder? I was thinking if I passed the icnd1 booking it a couple weeks after then going onto do maybe ccna:sec and/or ccna:wireless over the summer.

    Thanks in advance guys.
  2. TommyTee

    TommyTee Byte Poster

    No replies, well that's what I get for posting the wrong section :)

    Passed the other week, no real advice apart from just learning the material, it was trickier than I expected, hopefully I can stick with the 'one cert' a month thing.
  3. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

    Congrats on the pass, Tommy. :)
  4. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Congratulations :)
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  5. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Congrats! Hope you liked our labs. :)
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  6. TommyTee

    TommyTee Byte Poster

    They're good labs yes, though I did find in the ccna package I couldn't determine which was icnd1 and 2, now i'm studying for icnd2 I guess that doesn't matter as everything is potentially relevant.

    I also used Train Signal videos, and I was very impressed with them (i'm using the icnd2 ones now as well). The tutor chris byrant is more my style over the CBT nuggets guy, I think that it's just a personal preference so i'm not taking anything away from him. I would say that you need a book to accompany the videos to study with, I wouldn't say you could just watch the videos and be able to 'wing' it, I saw them as like going in and listening to lectures only to swot up later.

    I can't really rate any other books as I only have the wendell icnd1 and 2 ones, but the book was good, though I kinda felt that there was a lot of stuff in there that wasn't strictly relevant for the exam but was useful knowledge for real world.

    I also used http://www.subnettingquestions.com/ and basically did questions on there until I could just do the calculations in my head.

    I'm working on icnd2 now and am finding it a little more easy going believe it or not, I think it's because the icnd1 just had quite a few fundamentals that i've forgot or took a little while to get my head round like subnetting (quickly) and the journeys of frames and packets.

    (could a mod move this thread to the general section as I wanted to keep this thread throughout the incd1 and 2 process)
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2010

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