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CCNA Official Exam Certification Library: Exam #640-801 Hardcover – 17 May 2006

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Wendell Odom, CCIE No. 1624, has been in the networking industry since 1981. He has worked as a network engineer, consultant, systems engineer, instructor, and course developer. He is author of all the previous editions of the CCNA Exam Certification Guide series from Cisco Press, as well as the Cisco QoS Exam Certification Guide, the CCIE Routing and Switching Official Exam Certification Guide, Computer Networking First Step, the CCNA Video Mentor, and other titles. He also teaches classes for Skyline Advanced Technology Services and blogs regularly on the Cisco Subnet site.

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The official test preparation package for CCNA certification, now with interactive video instruction!

  • Revised edition of the No. 1 selling CCNA preparation bundle, now with innovative video instruction on CD-ROM
  • Videos from best-selling author Wendell Odom reinforce conceptual knowledge, hone configuration skills, and better prepare candidates for practical portion of the CCNA exam
  • Book content provides in-depth coverage of CCNA exam topics

The CCNA Official Exam Certification Library, Second Ed., containing the CCNA ICND and CCNA INTRO Exam Certification Guides in a value-priced bundle, is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accurate self-study preparation package for the CCNA exam. Now this highly praised collection contains 20-30 minutes of video instruction. This software product contains a series of short instructional videos thatdemonstrate how to accomplish various CCNA-level configuration tasks on Cisco routers and switches. In each 5-10 minute video, best-selling author and senior instructor Wendell Odom walks users through basic configuration tasks.


The videos consist ofanimations and video captures of a computer screen displaying command entry and output while Wendell providesaudio instruction on how to configure various router and switch features. The videos also provide insight into various tips and shortcuts that truly help make learning easy.


The two books inside this Library are the most recent printings of the 2003 Exam Certification Guides, with all updates included. Well-regarded for their level of detail, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, these books prepare readers to succeed on the exam and in their daily job as a CCNA professional.  The companion CD-ROMs contain a powerful testing engine that allows you to focus on individual topic areas or take complete, timed exams from INTRO, ICND, or unified CCNA test banks. The assessment engine also tracks your performance and provides feedback on a module-by-module basis, presenting question-by-question remediation to the text and laying out a complete study plan for review.



Wendell Odom, CCIE No. 1624, is a senior instructor with Skyline Advanced Technology Services where he teaches courses on QoS, CCNA, and CCIE lab preparation. He has worked in the networking arena for 20 years, with jobs in pre- and post-sales technical consulting, teaching, and course development. Wendell has written portions of more than 12 courses and is the author of numerous best-selling Cisco Press CCNA titles.


About the Author

Wendell Odom, CCIE® No. 1624, is a senior instructor with Skyline Advanced Technology Services (, where he teaches CCNA, QOS, CCIE, and SAN courses. He has worked in the networking arena for 20 years, with jobs in pre- and post-sales, technical consulting, teaching, and course development.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Good Book, Big Inprovement from the 1 edition 29 July 2006
By J. Stafford - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Very Good Book. If you didn't know already the CCNA exam is no Joke. You really have to know the concepts and you really need a good book to prepare for it. Cisco is not giving the CCNA Certificate away anymore. They really want you to learn and earn it. I purchase this because I felt the sybex CCNA didn't cover the exam in full detail (Especially the NAT section). This Book is Well Written. The Price wasn't that bad either since it came with 2 Books (Intro&ICND) and a 30min Video CD. You won't be disappointed. A+
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Only Way to Go 13 Jan. 2007
By Greg Day - Published on
Format: Hardcover
To prepare for the CCNA Exam, or to simply become better educated about Cisco routing and switching, nothing beats a Cisco Press book. This product is actually a two book set, allowing you to study for either the condensed exam or the two exam track. The books are logically laid out, with study helps and sample exam questions. You also receive the CD-ROM with sample exams to help you practice for the actual test, and even a router/switch command simulator so you can practice the CLI even if you don't have access to an actual device.

If you study these books faithfully, there's no way you'll fail the exam. They beat the Exam Prep and Exam Cram series hands down, and you get a super rate on the package. You don't need anything else to study for the exam.

If you want to take and pass the CCNA exam on the first try, this is the ticket.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One of the most cost effective and comprehensive resources to study for the CCNA exams! 8 July 2007
By Stephen Luhan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
One of the most cost effective and comprehensive resources to study for the CCNA 640-801, ICND 640-811 and the INTRO 640-821 exams! The CCNA Official Exam Certification Library, 2nd Edition, ISBN: 1-58720-169-0, by Wendell Odom is published by Cisco Press.

The two book set, is one of the most comprehensive CCNA resources to date. Currently, Cisco offers the CCNA candidate with two exam formats in preparing for their CCNA certification. These are the INTRO 640-821 and the ICND 640-811 exam or the one exam format: CCNA 640-801. The CCNA Exam Certification library is packaged in a two book set. The exam candidate can study for the CCNA INTRO (640-821) Exam and receive a firm understanding of Network Fundamentals, Operating Cisco Devices, LAN Switching, TCP/IP, and Wide-Area Networking and then take the INTRO 640-821 exam.

Also, if they have hands-on working experience with the Cisco switches and routers they can utilize the CCNA Self-Study CCNA ICND Exam Certification Guide to study for the one-exam format: CCNA 640-801 exam or the second exam of the two test format: ICND: 640-811. This book is a more in depth resource that focuses on LAN Switching, Spanning Tree Protocol, Virtual LANS and Trunking, TCP/IP, RIP, IGRP, and Static Route Concepts and Configuration, OSPF and EIGRP Concepts and Configuration, Advanced Routing Protocol and TCIP/IP topics, Wide-Area Networks, ISDN and Dial-on-Demand Routing, Frame Relay and Network Security.

The two certification guides overlap in their content, but it will be clear to the reader that the CCNA ICND book goes in-depth in the topics listed above. I would suggest to begin with the CCNA INTRO guide and when the topics overlap in the two books I would switch to the CCNA ICND guide only after the candidate has a clear understanding of the particular content (i.e., LAN Switching). By performing this technique will ensure that you have fully understood material and will be well prepared for the exam (s).

There is a companion CD-ROM that accompanies the book set that contains more than 400 practice questions for the ICND, INTRO, and CCNA exams, including simulation-based questions. The CD also contains flash card questions, hands-on exercises and a light edition of the NetSim LE network simulation software. The full version of the Network Sim software is: ISBN: 1587201313. The certification library book set also comes with the CCNA Video Mentor Library Edition. The CD contains 3 select video labs from the full version of the CCNA Video Mentor; ISBN 1-58720-168-2, by Wendell Odom.

Updates to the CCNA Self-Study CCNA INTRO Exam Certification Guide can be found at: [...] as well as, for the CCNA ICND Exam Certification Guide can be found at: [...]

According to the Cisco training website, [...] the last date to take the CCNA 640-801, ICND 640-811 and the INTRO 640-821 exams is on November 6, 2007. The CCNA candidate would be extremely prepared utilizing this resource! I give these materials 4 out of 5 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good book with clear explanations 28 Jun. 2007
By A reviewer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Both of these books are structured very well and everything is explained clearly in a easy-to-follow manner. My only caveat is that newbies to routers (like me) may have difficulty passing the exam (the single 640-801 one) with just these texts. The CD-ROM test engine is excellent, and resembles the actual test. I also used Transcender software (a good tool for review and like the test itself), tests from TestKing (much easier than the tests), an Exam Cram book (not like the actual exam at all), another test package, and 2 different computer-based video training packages. That said, I barely passed the exam, even though I feel that I understand the concepts and details pretty well. I could quickly subnet in my head and many questions I could answer in five seconds. But some of the questions were extremely tricky. And it took me 10 minutes to get the router simulation to work properly -- it didn't work as smoothly and easily as it did in the tutorial before the exam. It's not an easy test, by any means. I spent over 10 minutes doing the simulation when I should have had it done in 2.
I may not have done as well as I thought I would because I was afraid I would run out of time, but I ended up with over 20 minutes to spare. However, you can't go back and change your answers, which is a shame for how I test, because I like to put my gut reaction first and think it over later after my mind is refreshed. You definitely have to move through the test quickly.
These books and the CD-ROM included with it were the main reasons I passed. You can't be too prepared for this one. Good luck!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good for study and reference material 21 Jun. 2007
By James Duckett - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am studying for the CCNA exam. Per my CCNA instructor, it is going to take a lot more than studying these books to pass the exam. Real life experience of course comes first but extra studying and a firm understanding of IP subnetting is what is going to get you through the exam.

The instructor we had was quite excellent and very involved in the industry and has seen a lot of people take this exam. He has yet to meet one who passed by reading this material exclusively. He had suggested the best use of these books was to use them to prop the door open.

I would actually disagree on the last point. I haven't read these cover to cover (and I likely won't) but I have referenced them quite often while studying and they have helped me to understand many topics more clearly.

Besides, my old Macintosh props my door open for me.

But I do believe that these books are keepers, both before and after the test. My biggest gripe is that I am having problems installing the NetSim LE and I've heard the same experience from other students. So, I hope you don't pick up this item just for the network simulator.
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