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I actually started out studying for the CCENT I. I have a video series that covers that and a few cisco books plus the an safari account. On top of that I bought CCNA 7edition, the Todd Lammle IOS Survival Guide, and I had previously bought the Todd Lammle CompTia Network + guide and even recently picked up the Todd Lammle CCNA Wireless just because I really like Mr Lammle style.
On top of all that I purchased his new online special that is advertised here on the web pages 99 for first month and 49 a month after the first month ends if you continue.
I can say from all the material I have reviewed that the online series paired with his 7edition book is great. I have a method for attacking the material that I think is really good.
My eyesite is not what it use to be I have almost 20/20 vision (not quite anymore) at a distance but everything close is hazy and I cannot read small print anymore. So I prefer PDF foremost Kindel next and I just dont do paper back anymore as I can pack entire libaries on my IPAD for studying on the go and work or even in tha bathroom if need be lol.
Ok first I base all my learning off the video series as a guide its easy start and can get me going quickly even when tired. Saying that I start out with the book because for me and each person learns differently, I seem to have to really slow down and focus on reading, and its a bit harder for me to day dream. I read the book up to where the videos started then jumped into the videos.
1. ) First Read the 7edition chapter (if stuck on something cross reference with different book or material, I will use any a different author. While we can learn everything we need in my opinion to pass the test reading just Mr Lammle material someimes a different perspective will allow us to see something and have it click into place if we are stuck.)
2,) Watch the video Modules I next watch the video its like being in the classroom the reading is my prep work and slow and methodical the videos are detailed packed easy to watch but the information is packed in there and can come fast if its a hard subject.
3.) Read CCNA IOS Command: Survival Guide Starting at the IOS chapter I kick in with the survial guide and quickly bring my reading up to date with this.
4.) Work the labs on real equiptment, at the least simulators and the best simulator out there is free and its called GNS3 be prepared to loose a day setting it up and reading about it, but it uses the actual real IOS from cisco (I use both real equiptment and GNS3), and you can pretty much get everything free and legit, (I do not support piracy as I believe it a sin and breaking the 8th commandent and as a Christian this to me is a burden on my concious that I cannot carry, So I deleted all my piracy stuff not to long back and since then God has blessed me in my studying and in with rebuilding my libaries legitimately, and lets face it how can we pray for help on the CCNA or for blessing and expect to pass it with Gods help when we learning it in Sin. Now I certainly want all the help I can get both from my own doing and hardwork as well as any devine intervention! lol).
This really drives it home and while the CCNA IOS Guide Material is mostly covered in the 7th edition and the modules its laid out different its brief summary type at points and its perfect for a review and lets face it commands are tough, not because they are any harder they are not but because as people we are often lazy in setting up equiptment we may do the labs a time or to but its not as easy as doing as reading something but yet its so crucial to our real world experience and for the CCNA. So an extra source that just focuses mainly on commands and is brief and to the point is excellent! Now dont skip the labs or actual hardware you need that and you can buy a small home lab off Ebay now for like 270.00 bucks maybe cheaper, but certainly hitting up IOS commands an extra time is a bonus!
Now you might say buy those extra books that more money. Yes its true they cost some money but you can buy the Kendel version for some of those books really cheap:
16.95 thats almost giving it away and you download and install Kendel application so that you read it on computer and on IPAD and IPhone I have it on three devices it will update automatically from last page read to all devices.
If your interested in CCNA homelab I did a 5 second search and first thing I came to is the following:
That lab has everything you will need for CCNA and you can use it later to start building your CCNP home lab, check around on ebay for prices and other packages if you like but that package is almost same thing I started out with and its like 30.00 cheaper and a company. I bought mine from an individual but it worked awesome as well.
I changed over to studying for the CCNA however in studying for the CCNA I think I am even more prepared for the CCENT I, asd I can see the entire picture now and its not so much a mystery. I have not decided if I should run up take the CCENT I test or just take the CCNA. However in either case studying for the CCNA does not take away from learning the CCENT I because that material is included and you will actually have broader understanding.
As far as taking the CCNA or CCENT I first I am not sure. Maybe Mr Lammle could give us input on that as he has probably heard more about it or maybe even taken the tests to check them out.
Anyway I hope this gives someone a kick start this method is working for me.
Brian W Catlin
Last edited by wilder7bc; 07-08-2012 at 10:31 AM.
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