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Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide

Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide [Kindle Edition]

Mark Dye , Rick McDonald , Antoon Rufi
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Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide is the official supplemental textbook for the Network Fundamentals course in the Cisco® Networking Academy® CCNA® Exploration curriculum version 4. The course, the first of four in the new curriculum, is based on a top-down approach to networking. The Companion Guide, written and edited by Networking Academy instructors, is designed as a portable desk reference to use anytime, anywhere. The book’s features reinforce the material in the course to help you focus on important concepts and organize your study time for exams.


New and improved features help you study and succeed in this course:

  • Chapter objectives–Review core concepts by answering the focus questions listed at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Key terms–Refer to the updated lists of networking vocabulary introduced and highlighted in context in each chapter.
  • Glossary–Consult the comprehensive glossary with more than 250 terms.
  • Check Your Understanding questions and answer key–Evaluate your readiness with the updated end-of-chapter questions that match the style of questions you see on the online course quizzes. The answer key explains each answer.
  • Challenge questions and activities–Strive to ace more challenging review questions and activities designed to prepare you for the complex styles of questions you might see on the CCNA exam. The answer key explains each answer.  

How To–Look for this icon to study the steps you need to learn to perform certain tasks.


Packet Tracer Activities– Explore networking concepts in activities interspersed throughout some chapters using


Packet Tracer v4.1 developed by Cisco. The files for these activities are on the accompanying CD-ROM.


Also available for the Network Fundamentals Course

Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide

ISBN-10: 1-58713-203-6

ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-203-2


Companion CD-ROM

**See instructions within the ebook on how to get access to the files from the CD-ROM that accompanies this print book.**

The CD-ROM provides many useful tools and information to support your education:

  • Packet Tracer Activity exercise files v4.1
  • VLSM Subnetting Chart
  • Structured Cabling Exploration Supplement
  • Taking Notes: a .txt file of the chapter objectives
  • A Guide to Using a Networker’s Journal booklet
  • IT Career Information
  • Tips on Lifelong Learning in Networking



This book is part of the Cisco Networking Academy Series from Cisco Press®. The products in this series support and complement the Cisco Networking Academy online curriculum.


About the Author

Mark A. Dyewas the technology manager and training manager for the Bevill Center at Gadsden State Community College, where he also managed and taught in the Cisco Academy program. He now works full time as an assessment and curriculum developer with Cisco. Mark also has maintained a private information technology consulting business since 1985. Mark’s 30+-year career has included roles as biomedical instrumentation technician, field service engineer, customer service supervisor, network engineer, and instructor.


Rick McDonald teaches computer and networking courses at the University of Alaska Southeast in Ketchikan, Alaska. He is developing methods for delivering hands-on training via distance in Alaska using web-conferencing and NETLAB tools. Rick worked in the airline industry for several years before returning to full-time teaching. He taught CCNA and CCNP courses in the Cisco Networking Academy in North Carolina and was a CCNA instructor trainer.


Antoon “Tony”W. Rufi currently is the associate dean of computer and information science for all the ECPI College of Technology campuses. He also teaches the Cisco Networking Academy CCNA, CCNP, Network Security, Fundamentals of Wireless LAN, and IP Telephony curricula. Before becoming an instructor for ECPI, he spent almost 30 years in the United States Air Force, working on numerous electronic projects and computer programs.


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  • Print Length: 560 pages
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  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (29 Oct 2007)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpfull 13 Mar 2008
This book is very similar to the online tutorials, but if like me you find it easier to read from a book than look at a computer screen all day this is a must have! I am looking to purchase the second book in this series to help me through the second part of the course.I do feel that they are a little expensive but I think these books will be very usefull for future reference should you wish to use them in relation to a job.You can purchase a book for the lab tests to acompany this book but if you are doing the cisco ccna exploration course then you can save these from the online labs and print them yourself. Hope this is of some help to you guys out there who like me wondered if this book would deliver. In my opinion it does and i would personaly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth it 9 Jan 2012
By ed
bought this book to complement a course based around the CCNA in college.
if you want bullet points and a quick reference book, this is NOT the book for you,
However, if you want a book to give an excellent understanding of the Networking Fundamentals course then this is a great book.
All the content is clear and well detailed, if a little long winded at some stages, but is well worth the purchase.
Initially i bought the lab manual companion , but that was too light on info, so for the sake of a few extra 's buy this instead.
i still give it a look over every now and again.
a worth while purchase!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great but not essential for everyone 21 Dec 2012
I'm about to take the CCNA01 exam at the beginning of January and this is the book we have been using as part of my course.
It is more or less identical to the online course material from CISCO but sometimes the book gives a better illustration of a problem and sometimes the online material does.
I use both in equal measure but I prefer to read and make notes in the book and then go over it again online.
You don't need this book as the online CISCO course materials are of a really high quality but I personally find it really useful study aide: be warned though... there are some errors in the book e.g. page 77 which describes POP3 as being UDP on port 110... also some of the cabling and pinout diagrams are not super helpful as they are reproduced in black and blue rather than full colour... it's kind of hard to identify the colours in an RJ45 connecter when it's shown in a range of different shades of blue!!!
All that said: buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 5 Oct 2008
This book is a vital tool for your CCNA, it is explain well and is a good companion for the online material that you will get with your CCNA learning.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you are studying computer science. 21 Aug 2013
By DC15
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Recommended if it is the subject for you.
Not for me however as I have very little knowledge of computers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 8 May 2013
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Excellent. Covers all I needed to know to pass the exam. A must for anyone who wants to study the course on their own and PASS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. 12 Mar 2013
By daleo
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Has seen me through the first part of my quad course. No complaints.. Suggest to anyone to purchase if they like Network engineering.
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