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Which is best option NETWORK + or CCNA for Beginners without network backgraound

Discussion in 'Network+' started by Chispa2012, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Chispa2012

    Chispa2012 New Member

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    Hi, i'm anthony i'm preparing to get my A + certificaion shortly , but my goal are to get into networking, i do not have background relate d to networking execpt what i'm learning in A + , so please which is the best option for me after A + network + or CCNA, which of them is more basic and easy to undertand? is CCNA easy or harder than Network +?

    PLease , give our opinion , thanks in advance.
     
  2. Coupe2T

    Coupe2T Megabyte Poster

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    Network+ is definitely easier than the CCNA and seen as the more entry level, so start there and then work up to the CCNA afterwards.

    The Net+ course is also not vendor specific, so covers all basics of networking which apply regardless of hardware, where as the CCNA is all Cisco. Having said that, I would say as far as Networking certs go then the Cisco ones are the highest regarded by employers. Still definitely start with Net+ though. Then do your CCNA afterwards.
     
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  3. Sparky
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    Network+ first
     
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  4. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Definitely the N+.

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  5. danielno8

    danielno8 Gigabyte Poster

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    I would go for the first part of the CCNA, ICND 1, which would give you the CCENT certification.
     
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  6. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    Definitely N+ as CCNA is not an entry level cert and is vendor specific. N+ would give you the basics to go on to do the CCENT/CCNA. If you are not using Cisco equipment or have no exposure to it then you are at a disadvantage.
     
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  7. danielno8

    danielno8 Gigabyte Poster

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    Neither is Network+ if you look at their recommended entry requirements:

    Recommended experience - CompTIA A+ certification and nine months networking experience

    Cisco however market the CCENT as entry-level, and when you look at the topics, it is all basic networking knowledge:

    The exam includes topics on networking fundamentals; connecting to a WAN; basic security and wireless concepts; routing and switching fundamentals; the TCP/IP and OSI models; IP addressing; WAN technologies; operating and configuring IOS devices; configuring RIPv2, static and default routing; implementing NAT and DHCP; and configuring simple networks.

    Now, the fact it actually shows you how to use this knowledge on a network device is an added bonus, not a disadvantage. Network+ teaches these same topics, although you end up without the ability to actually do any of those things on an actual network device.

    EDIT: I would also add i don't ever see Network+ on network job requirements, however the phrase "cisco certifications a bonus" or "Cisco certified" is in pretty much them all.
     
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  8. morph

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    i was asked to go on a CCNA course as soon as i got a trainee network role, however it blew my head of and I found it hard to get me head around, i went back started with the network + and the moved on, don't try and run before you can walk. It took me slightly longer to acheive things but i feel I've got a better understanding!
     
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  9. ps

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    Network+ is elementary.
     
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  10. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Juniper Networks - the upstart - have some nice free training material on their site. Gives a very nice overview of networking (as a trainer I'll certainly be stealing adopting some of their models to explain concepts).
    You also get 50%-discount vouchers for JNCIA and two JNCIS certifications.

    You're welcome.
     
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