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Cisco CCNA Simplified: Workbook and Lab Guide [Kindle Edition]

Paul Browning
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Book Description

When it comes to studying for your Cisco CCNA and CCENT you want to ensure that you study from the best and most up-to-date CCNA study guide. Cisco CCNA Simplified has been written by a former Cisco TAC engineer who remembers what it is like to try to study for the CCNA exam while juggling a job, family and a social life. You want relevant information, explained in easy to understand terms with lots of real world examples, diagrams and explanations showing you how to use what you learn in the real world on a live network.

Cisco CCNA Simplified has been written for people like you who want to learn how to pass your Cisco CCNA or CCENT exam and have the confidence to apply your skills to a live Cisco network. So many other CCNA study guides are stuffed full of jargon and useless information which you simply do not need to know. Wasting time reading irrelevant information is simply going to frustrate you and delay you passing your Cisco exams.

Cisco CCNA Simplified Includes:

Over 27 hands on labs with helpful walkthroughs

Exam success tips and real world advice

Paul Brownings famous 'Easy way to subnet guide'

496 pages crammed with essential CCNA information

Networking basics for beginner readers

All theory applied to real world scenarios

Over $400 in downloadable software

100% satisfaction money back guarantee

Configuration secrets used by Cisco experts

Command shortcuts and tricks few IT people know

Advanced 'beyond CCNA' configs and advice

Secrets to configuring and installing live Cisco equipment

Part I Theory Section Includes:

Router architecture

IP addressing and VLSM

Network design and route summarization

Easy way to subnet in the exam

LAN switching including VTP, VLANs and RSTP+

Switch and router security

Security Device Manager (SDM)

Network Address Translation (NAT)

Routing protocols such as EIGRP, RIPv2 and OSPF

Network management and TCP/IP

Wireless networking and security

Network troubleshooting and fault finding

Easy to follow diagrams and explanations

Part II Hands On Labs Section Includes:

Setting up a router from scratch for beginners

Secure the router with passwords and access lists

NAT (3 labs)

Beginner IP addressing labs

Switch security and inter-VLAN routing

Frame relay and PPP labs

Secure the router with access lists

VLANs, trunking on 2950 switches

Setting up DNS and DHCP on a router

Routing protocols such as EIGRP, RIPv2 and OSPF

Advanced OSPF labs for exam success

Network troubleshooting labs

Discovering CDP and ARP

Expert tips to avoid mistakes on live networks

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 21 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great book for anyone starting out on there Cisco certification path! Very easy to read and understand material. Once you have read the theory the second half of the book has a comprehensive section of labs and diagrams. Each has easy to follow step or if you are more experienced try to configure the lab from the diagram alone. after which you can check you running configuration against the one at the end of the lab.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Mar. 2015
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Written in plain English. very well written out and clear explanations and examples given. Easy to follow. Would definitely recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me pass! 16 April 2012
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I used this kindle version of the book to pass my CCNA. It has all you need to pass this tricky examination and sets you up for further Cisco certification. Even after my exam I still use the book for reference and I now own other titles in the series as they are easy to read and provide the reader with all the relevant information. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study guide and lab guide 5 Oct. 2011
By D. M Swaney - Published on
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This book is laid out in a very easy straight forward manner allowing you to learn the topics quickly and easily without being bogged down with a lot of fluff that makes many Cisco study guides boring. Many of the topics are explained in a way that makes it easy to understand and builds on what you have read earlier in the book, many Cisco study guides I have read go too deep into a topic to quickly and you tend to miss the basics and come out confused unless you read it multiple times and "figure it out".

I use this study guide in conjunction with another Cisco CCNA study guide since no single guide can truly prepare you fully for the difficult CCNA exam but reading this book first makes reading the other study guide much easier to do.

The addition of the lab guide really makes this a very valuable package because the Cisco exams are using simulations the make sure that you can actually "rock the command line" and not just able to answer multiple choice questions and it really prepares you for the job interviews where they sit you in front of a small rack of routers and switches and ask you to configure them, if you don't have the practice and experience that you get from doing labs the chances of getting the job (at the pay you want) goes down.

The best practice I have found for studying for any exam is to have a primary study guide and a secondary study guide since they cover the topics but each book will have some further information or detail that the other book wont and it helps reinforce the information in your head.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good second resource with a hidden gem 22 Dec. 2011
By Daniel Mundy - Published on
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I read Todd Lammle's CCNA book first, planning to sit the exam after reading it. I wasn't happy with the review questions in his book and also wanted more hands on experience so I read this book too. It was worth it - 40% of this book is labs, and they're done well.

I liked Todd's explanations better, especially his subnetting chapter - I've never had it explained so well. I'm definitely glad I read Todd's book first and would recommend that path to others.

But this book also has a hidden gem: The "Super Subnetting Chart" is absolutely amazing! It's worth buying this book for the chart alone. I can now answer any subnetting question almost instantly, without having to do any math in my head or on paper. This will definitely help me make the most of my time during the exam.

Now I've just found out that Paul has another book with 101 labs, also $10 on Kindle, I think I'll read that before sitting the exam. No such thing as too much practice!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great rehearsal 13 Nov. 2012
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I bought this book about two months before I got certified. I mainly studied from the Cisco Networking Academy Exploration materials which are very throughthroug, but can be overwhelming at times. The book is written in very easy to understand english so reading it isin't a problem if you aren't speaking english as a native language (like I'm not).

I rewised the concepts that I forgot from this book, because I studied the CCNA with a very slow pace. All-in-all I spent about one year from the moment I initally logged in to the netacademy and got certified. I wouldn't use this book as a only source if I would start studying networks from a scratch and wanted to get certified. Also I recomend the 101 Labs book along with this. Great value for the money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CCNA Simplified helped me pass my CCNA!! Thanks, Paul Browning 3 Jun. 2011
By Randy Heenan - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The CCNA Simplified Book helped me pass my CCNA.
I picked up alot of Cisco Press books and could never read them past the first Chapter. CCNA Simplified I think read the whole book at least twice...and the chapter reviews and exams helped me learn the material and ultimately pass the exam.

Anyone wanting to learn about Cisco routers and swtiches should read this book.

Thank you Paul Browning for writing CCNA Simplified.

Randy Heenan
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tools 5 May 2013
By Manny - Published on
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I am new to the IT business and needed study information. Excellent resource. This book starts from the basics and brings you up to speed as long as you understand what you are reading.
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