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LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide (Cisco Systems Networking Academy Program) [Hardcover]

Wayne Lewis
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28 April 2008 1587132079 978-1587132070 1

LAN Switching and Wireless CCNA Exploration Companion Guide


Wayne Lewis, Ph.D.


LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide is the official supplemental textbook for the LAN Switching and Wireless course in the Cisco Networking Academy CCNA® Exploration curriculum version 4. This course provides a comprehensive approach to learning the technologies and protocols needed to design and implement a converged switched network. The Companion Guide, written and edited by a Networking Academy instructor, 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 questions listed at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Key terms: Refer to the updated lists of networking vocabulary introduced and turn to the highlighted terms in context in each chapter.
  • Glossary: Consult the all-new comprehensive glossary with more than 190 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.


Wayne Lewis is the Cisco Academy Manager for the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT), based at Honolulu Community College.


How To: Look for this icon to study the steps that 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 LAN Switching and Wireless course:

LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide

ISBN-10: 1-58713-202-8

ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-202-5


Companion CD-ROM

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

  • Packet Tracer Activity exercise files
  • A Guide to Using a Networker’s Journal booklet
  • Taking Notes: A .txt file of the chapter objectives
  • More IT Career Information
  • Tips on Lifelong Learning in Networking


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


Product details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (28 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587132079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587132070
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 21 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Wayne Lewis

is the Cisco Academy Manager for the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT), based at Honolulu Community College (HonCC), and the

Legal Main Contact for the CCNA/CCNP/Network Security Cisco Academy Training Center at PCATT/HonCC. Since 1998, Wayne has taught routing and switching, wide area

networking, network troubleshooting, network security, wireless networking, IP telephony, and quality of service to instructors from universities, colleges, and high schools in

Australia, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, United States, American Samoa, Guam, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, and Great Britain, both onsite and at PCATT/HonCC. Cisco has sent Wayne to several countries to conduct inaugural Networking

Academy teacher-training sessions to certify the initial cohorts of instructors and kick off the training centers for these countries. Before teaching networking, Wayne began teaching

at age 20 at Wichita State University, followed by the University of Hawaii and HonCC. In 1992, Wayne received a Ph.D. in math, specializing in finite rank torsion-free modules over

a Dedekind domain; he now works on algebraic number theory research in his spare time. Wayne works as a contractor for Cisco , performing project management for the

development of network security, CCNA, and CCNP curriculum. He and his wife, Leslie, also run a network consulting company. Wayne enjoys surfing the South Shore of Oahu in

the summer and surfing big waves on the North Shore in the winter.

Customer Reviews

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 16 Jun 2013
By Ross
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This book is esential in order to obtain valuble knowledge not only for ccna exam. The theory is very well explained with examples and is easy to follow. I am dealing with networking in the past 6-7 years and this book is amazing. I will recommend this book if you want to pass ccna and gain vital knowledge about switching and WLAN.

However this book has one problem. The book does not clearly explain RSTP proposal and agreement process. It explains what RSTP is but does not provide clear identification how the port roles in RSTP are elected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is good but not enough. 2 Dec 2012
By Me
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These are good for netacad but not for the official CCNA, I have read all 4 of these and then the official cert library for CCNA and would recommend them over these. If your just want to get the concepts this book is good but not enough for the exams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great help for ccna student. 1 Dec 2012
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I bought all four CCNA books in this series, I bought them in my second year of university and am now in my third, they are all great books. They are easy to read, well laid out and contain all the information that you would need to know for this part of the course. I use mine all the time, they also contain all the relevant packet tracer labs for the CCNA syllabus. These are so great, I'm currently using this one to help me write a wireless network security dissertation for my degree, I thought they would be boring reference books, but if you have a genuine interest in the subject you can actually read these quite easily unlike the usual boring textbooks you get in degrees.

I would highly recommend getting one or all of these books, I'm keeping mine for life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Computer Book 8 Oct 2012
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Fantastic book my son will get some great help while he is doing his exams, it will also help the family if we have any problems aswell
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but essential 1 Mar 2012
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Unfortunately this book, or at least the online material are essential parts of the CCNA qualification. The downside is the book repeats itself a LOT, and 100 page chapters just go over and over the same thing again and again, you think to yourself ... I just read that. You will also find a lot that is NOT covered in this book, and 3-4 times per chapter you will come across "this topic is beyond the scope of this book" Incredibly VTP pruning is only covered over TWO pages.

The packet tracers are a lot better though, and some take hours and hours of pondering without lab help.
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