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Want to Get my CCNA Certification. What All do I need ?

By rcashier03 ·
Like the Title said I want to get my CCNA Certification. What all do I need ?

I found this site but I'm not sure on how reputable they are.

And was looking at this kit.

I'm mainly trying to broaden my cert's and possibly help myself with career advancement.

Thanks in advance.


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Ciscokits are good

by jakepp In reply to Want to Get my CCNA Certi ...

We bought a kit from them and they are pretty good. They also offer an extended warranty.

But your best bet would be to enroll in a good Technical community college where you can practice with their equipment, work in teams, learn from others/or help others. I think you would get more from a class/classmates then by working alone.

But if you can't enroll in a class then I would recommend getting a couple of routers and maybe one switch.

Also, if you need books I recommend this two:
Routing Protocols and Concepts by Rick Graziani, Allan Johnson ISBN: 978-1-58713-206-3

and the lab manual:
Routing Protocols and Concepts by Allan Johnson ISBN: 978-1-58713-204-9

Both books are published by Cisco Press

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What Cisco Kit would you get ?

by rcashier03 In reply to Ciscokits are good

There are different Setups. I need to call my tech school and see what kind of program they have for CCNA. Bad thing is I work night shift so I'm sure none of their schedules will work for me. This is why I was looking at obtaining my own equipment and training myself.

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You might be surprised

by NickNielsen In reply to What Cisco Kit would you ...

My local tech college runs the Cisco Networking Academy courses during the day.

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Depending on how much you want to spend

by jakepp In reply to You might be surprised

We bought this kit: (this is too much, the company paid for it and I had no saying)

But I think this one is good enough:

I borrowed a Cisco 1841 router and for the most part I learned enough with only one router, I also took a course and that helped me even more.

You can always purchase the cisco kit and sale it after you're done. You can also do more research and get your equipment from Ebay, Amazon or Craigslist.

One question, have you taken a Net+ course?

Some resources:

You can also download Packet Tracer 5.1. If you buy those two books it comes with the labs.

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You can't learn enough from one router

by jdclyde In reply to Depending on how much you ...

because you can't work with the routing protocols, or check for connectivity issues.

Check ebay and you can find older systems fairly cheap, or if you know of a company that has upgraded in the last few years, they might sell, lend, give you their old routers to use.

Esims are nice for configuration, but don't cut it for all the connectivity issues you will have to learn.

Oh, and CCNA is a LOT of terminology, subnetting, and knowing binary.

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CCNA is a LOT of terminology, subnetting, and knowing binary.

by rcashier03 In reply to You can't learn enough fr ...

Hmm... I can handle the terminology and sub netting but the binary might throw me a loop. I understand it but it takes me a bit to get it sometimes.

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:0 Binary throws you for a loop?

by NickNielsen In reply to CCNA is a LOT of terminol ...

Do you mean to say you can't count to one? :^0

When I was teaching digital electronics at the high school career center, I used this t-shirt as a training aid:

My students loved it (never ratted me out!) and they learned binary. Most of them got it the first time through, but some actually found it easier to understand binary after they learned hexadecimal. Give that a try if you haven't already tried.

Until you get it down, just use the simple conversion table below

[pre]Decimal = Hex = binary
0 = 0 = 0000
1 = 1 = 0001
2 = 2 = 0010
3 = 3 = 0011
4 = 4 = 0100
5 = 5 = 0101
6 = 6 = 0110
7 = 7 = 0111
8 = 8 = 1000
9 = 9 = 1001
10 = A = 1010
11 = B = 1011
12 = C = 1100
13 = D = 1101
14 = E = 1110
15 = F = 1111

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you get to use a scratch pad when taking a test

by jdclyde In reply to CCNA is a LOT of terminol ...

so BEFORE you start the test, you can create the binary chart, allowing you to just look it up.

The rule is you can't take notes in, but you CAN make notes before hand.

Oh, definitely practice some. do a google search and you will find sites that help with binary.

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by rcashier03 In reply to Depending on how much you ...

I do have Net +. It's been over a year since i took it though. I also have A+ and have went through training for MCSA but have not obtained it quite yet.

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