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on 22 July 2013
Great reference books to study with whilst i'm doing a computer networking course online. Will really help eventually towards the CCENT and CCNA exams. Very heavy going in parts, but eventually these books will get you through. I don't need to say anymore about this as enough people online say great things about both books (Cisco CCENT / CCNA / ICND1 100 - 101 & ICND2 200 - 101) already.
Just to let you know, that it's cheaper to purchase these books through Amazon instead of buying through Cisco direct.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2015
I really enjoyed reading the book (read twice already). This seemed very concise and well written with everything in the correct order ensuring it was easier to understand. This is the first book I have read by Wendell Odom and have already ordered the next book. I do intend on taking the exam in the next few weeks but thought it would be best to write the review before hand.

Although the book is geared towards the exam its still a great book for a beginners guide to networking. I couldn't comment on the Lite simulator on the accompanying DVD as I have networking equipment for labs.

The book will make a good reference guide going forward and also has an added bonus of being a hard back. A book I highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2013
This book has everything you need to pass the exam. If anything however it has too much information. I found that it can be a very dry, hard read because of this. Dont get me wrong, the information it provides is fantastic, just overwhelming.

Please note that you do NOT get the Additional bonus material with the kindle edition. However if you follow the instructions in the appendix you do do get the likes of Network Simulator Lite, a Study Planner, Instruction Videos and so forth. It jsut requires some additional steps.
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on 16 April 2015
As the official cert guide for the ICND exam, I thought this would be a good read, and easy to get through. I was wrong. I wasn't expecting a novel, but I was hoping for something that would be an easy read, with clear explanations of concepts. It starts off easily enough, but as the book moves into the more complex aspects of the exam it seems to lose it's easy going nature and become harder to follow due to the use of technical language.

As it's author is American there are some phrases and sentences in the book that threw me off a little. Things like saying "most all" instead of "almost all" for example. There are other sentences in the book that you may end up reading twice to understand the American take on it.

It's also worth remembering that Cisco are an American company, and so when you come to learn about T1 connections and various WAN links, they are explained in line with the American standards, rather than UK standards. We don't have T1's in the UK, for example.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2014
Ordered for my husband as he wants to start his initial self studying at home . Good start , he is studying . Hopefully will buy the other parts of the book , from the same seller . You can buy it for exactly same price from your local bookstores , so can't call it a bargain. , but surely was conveniently delivered to our doorstep!!
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on 3 March 2014
Passed my CCENT with the aid of this book. Very thorough and well thought out book. Very comprehensive. Lots of detail. What I would say though, is that it is quite dry and verbose in places and I would not rely on it as a sole study guide. CBT Nuggets videos and other Network simulators are needed in conjunction with this book particularly around the subject of understanding subnetting. Also, the material on the DVD isn't all that good for its advertising and seems added more as a sales pitch for practice exams. Apart from these small points, the book is excellent
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on 16 March 2014
This book covers ipv6. I'm studying to wards my CCNA and this book is a god send. Just when you think you learned it all in class and on you tube this gives a great perspective and easy to follow. I didnt realise until i started to compare topics in the book to my college classes just how much i over look or didn't get a hand on. Must have to pass. Its money well spent.
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on 9 February 2014
Only on Chapter 5 at mo but have to say very good book, having already passed Comptia N+, although it is the same syllabus as Comptia n+ with Cisco added in, this book is very informative and easy to follow, really enjoying learning from this book and can't wait to learn all the Cisco technology. I would definitely consider this book for CCent.
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on 12 December 2013
Easy to read, bearing in mind that like any training material it can be a dry subject. Well laid out. Lots of information (could almost be overwhelming). Some errors still in the book after several prints (see errata on webpage). Even with the DVD material, combine it with a few more exercises/labs before the exam.
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on 2 March 2015
This book is very good for passing the CCENT ICND1 exam as it is well structured, gives you a good study plan and covers most of the detail you need to answer the exam questions. However I found Odoms writing style dull and hard to read sometimes but I passed the exam so I can't complain too much!
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