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Which N+ book?

Discussion in 'Network+' started by Lord Deckard, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. Lord Deckard

    Lord Deckard Byte Poster

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    I know there are the 2 main contenders (Meyers & Groth) but could someone who's possibly read both recommend one over the other? Went with the Meyers A+ all in one and found it easy to understand, informative and well written so I have to admit I'm tempted to go with his N+ book. Amazon doesnt have any reviews of Meyers N+ and 2 reviews of the Groth book which aint particularly helpful. Anyone got any opinions?

    Lord Deckard.
     
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  2. zimbo
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    I havent used them but from what i have seen on CF it seems groth is better than meyers for n+ 8)
     
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  3. Japanese Elvis

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    For what it's worth, I used the Sybex (David Groth) N+ book and found it good.

    Sorry, I haven't read the Meyers one but I have detected a general feeling that Meyers is best on A+ and Groth on N+.

    I bought mine from http://www.compman.co.uk/ and have found their prices and service to be excellent.
     
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  4. danOne

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    I'm using (a few chapters left) the Sybex Network+ book, I'd recommend it.
     
  5. Jakamoko
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    I also used Sybex/ Groth and found it easy going yet thorough. Can't comment on Meyers N+ publication though. I would actually like to read it just to see the comparison, but once again the emerging trend remains Meyers for A+, Groth for N+.

    Tip: ALWAYS check the publisher's website for errata - whatever the book.

    As always, just my 2€ and happy to be proved wrong :)
     
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  6. hbroomhall

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    I have both books. IMHO it is a close run thing as there are points for both of them. If you liked Meyers A+ book then you may find the Groth a bit dry.

    There are details that are only in one, and not the other, and different emphasis on what is important. I can't say that the exam, when I took it, favoured one over the other.

    On Jak's point about the errata - I couldn't agree more. It is a shame that, unlike the Meyers book, there is no apparant errata for Groth (or wasn't last Autumn when I was doing the cert), as I spotted a few errors in it.

    Harry.
     
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  7. Japanese Elvis

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    Thats definitely good advice.

    I suppose books are almost bound (no pun intended :biggrin ) to have typos in them.

    There is the facility for errata on the Sybex site, but it doesn't seem to list anything for the Net+ study guide - although there is one change listed for the deluxe edition.

    The Osbourne/Mcgraw book I used for the XP exam had at least one error in it, but fortunately by that point I knew it was wrong and I wasn't (remote desktop port 3398 instead of 3389).

    I think this illustrates the value of combining different training media rather than trying to cram one source only.

    Best of luck either way.
     
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  8. twizzle

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    Im using Meyers Passport to N+ book and find it easy to understand tho heavy on the protocols..... The exam tips it gives are small but good pointers. I have found 2 errors in it but compared to the exam cram practice test software i have thats nothing....... However i think that to do it properly, if you can afford it, i'd say get both books. Better to have too much than not enough!
     
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  9. Lord Deckard

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    Going to pop into Waterstones and have a browse through the books and see which one appeals to me more. Anyone got opinions on the Exam cram N+ practice questions book? Seems pretty cheap for what it is and you can never test yourself too much, can you?

    Lord Deckard.
     
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  10. Ken

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    I have both the Meyers and the Groth book. I have to go with the party line here and say that Groth is better.
    My reasons are this:
    *The explanations are shorter and more economically worded.
    *Groth's chapter on the OSI layer is better than Meyers'. It's simpler and contains less fluff.
    *In general, Groth is a shorter work. Meyers is a good read - it's chatty and easy going stuff - but this can get tiring, because reading anything that isn't 100% relevant is a waste of valuable (and in my case fairly limited) concentration.
    *The Groth CDs (two in the deluxe version) are excellent. There are practice tests, chapter tests, flashcards, a PDF of the text, and other stuff.

    But this is the main difference:
    *Groth's questions are more numerous and way tougher than Meyers'. This alone sets the books apart.
    Now I know why the majority go with Groth on this one.
    I read Meyers first and it was a quick read, but I couldn't absorb much. Now I am working through Groth and it is really helping the information sink in.
    Groth was pricey (U$97) but worth it.
     
  11. wagnerk
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    When I did my Network+, I used the Microsoft Training book (MCSA route) geared up towards the Network+. Found that book very useful. Just a different book for you to consider.

    -Ken
     
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  12. Boycie
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    Groth for *to the point* study.
    Myers for a brilliant read.
    I found Mike Myers enjoyable to read, although i would keep Groths in my bag as a reference.

    my 2p :biggrin
     
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  13. Luddym

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    I used Groth and have to admit it was well written and great. :)

    Sorry, not read the Myers though.
     
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