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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (31 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587133164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587133169
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 3.7 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mark A. Dye

Mark is the lead network engineer for Kwajalein Range Services at Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. He is responsible for the network team that provides design, deployment, and operation of all the missile test range data networks across ten islands as well as three continental U.S. locations.


He has previously worked as subject matter expert and content team lead for the Cisco Academy Program as well as an author for multiple Cisco Network Academy Fundamentals online courses. He worked to develop and review courseware and assessments for both the Academy and certification programs.


For more than 20 years, Mark served as technology manager for The Bevill Center for Advanced Manufacturing Technology of Alabama Technology Network. He developed and implemented comprehensive network strategies for intranet and Internet, including policies, administrative procedures, network security, and interconnectivity. He also implemented and taught Cisco Networking Academy Fundamentals of Wireless LANs, Fundamentals of Network Security, and CCNA and CCNP courses at The Bevill Center for instructors and students.


Allan D. Reid

Allan is a professor and program supervisor at Centennial College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he teaches courses in networking, network security, virtualization, and cloud computing. He is the lead for the Centennial College ASC/ITC and has been teaching the academy curriculum since one of the earliest versions.


Allan has authored multiple books and online courses for the Cisco Academy program, where he is a subject matter expert and content team lead. He works as part of the core team to develop state-of-the-art assessments and courseware.


Outside of his academic responsibilities, Allan has been active in the computer and networking fields for more than 30 years and is currently a principal in a company involved in the design, installation, and management of network solutions for small to medium-sized companies.

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Well laid out, clear explanations- beware of subnetting 26 May 2014
By M. Elslip - Published on
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This textbook is clear and well laid out. I'm using it in conjunction with the cisco academy online curriculum (which is essentially the same, but quite a bit more visual and interactive so the concepts really 'stick').
I think the text does a very good job of covering basic concepts like switching, routing, IPv4, IPv6, OSI Model Layers and lots and lots and lots of different protocols.
BUT- if you need to learn subnetting (and if you're taking the CCNA you need to have calculating and understanding subnets something you can do in your sleep) this text is not sufficient. It does cover how to subnet, why we do it and basic calculations, but anybody who has had to do extensive subnetting will tell you it's totally insufficient. This is extra weird because subnetting is on the CCNA and doing it quickly is absolutely imperative to passing. So, get out your google machine and look up some 2^ tables and speed subnetting functions if your instructor doesn't give you more subnetting experience and practice than the book does, because you'll really need it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book 9 May 2014
By Matthew Cayenne - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I took a Cisco networking Fundamentals class at Ivy Tech, and this was a "recommended" book. At first, I thought I would get by with the online version (cisco has the entire thing on their network academy website, if you're a student), but as time wore on, this became an invaluable resource for quicker reference and ease of access when I wasn't around a computer.
This book has a wealth of information in it, and I will probably use it for reference in other classes until I have this stuff down cold.
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Adequate. 24 Feb. 2014
By Andre - Published on
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The course originally called for another book. The other book had the same text content but did not have the pictures and diagrams. This made it hard to relate to the online course material. But this book, had most (not all) of the pictures and diagrams as the online course material. This made it easier to read when I was unable to be near my computer or internet access. It is more expensive but I feel it is worth the cost.
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Bought to supplement online curriculum 15 Sept. 2014
By R. Teal - Published on
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I bought the book for an official Cisco ICND1 class. I don't like reading material online when it is just one long scrolling page, but the Cisco online material is very well organized, easy to read, and easy to refer to. The book doesn't seem to offer much to complement. Cisco did such a good job with the online material they've made the book unnecessary.
It's a pretty good book 13 Feb. 2015
By Matthew - Published on
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It's a pretty good book. I bought it for my Networking 1 course. I give it 4-stars only because I didnt like it's explanation on subnetting. The instructor taught us an easier way, though some liked the books instructions.
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