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Posted October 16, 2013
Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 Official Cert guide Academic Edition Exc
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Excellent resource for CCNA aspirants.
I started reading this book just to see how the 7 layers of OSI model are explained but I could not stop reading it, I continued my reading after understanding the OSI layers. It was interesting to see how basics of networking have been explained and illustrated. How a host to host communication happens and how it can be compared with OSI model. Wendell Odom’s art of explaining basics of networking is awesome. This book has totally 9 parts including final review and appendixes. The flow of topics are somehow refined so well that the fundamentals and concepts that are needed for an entry level network engineer is precisely fulfilled. That is the reason why Cisco Certification is considered de-facto standard in the Data networking industry. This book also comes with a DVD containing lots of tools importantly the Network Simulator Lite with 13 free labs and video lecture by Mr. Wendell Odom. Let me explain little bit more about this book and its contents.
This book covers the new ICND1 syllabus that was announced months ago. Though this book is aimed at academic audiences, the author’s main focus goes towards preparing candidates in passing certification exam. Don’t skip the introduction and getting started chapter. Chapter features under “About this Book” explain how each chapter is organized. I like the “Chapter summaries”, “review questions” and in some chapters “command reference table”. It is a perfect book for Cisco aspirants.
To pass ICND1 exam one should master the IP addressing concepts, subnetting, VLSM and route summarization very well. More than 60 percent of the questions in ICND to my knowledge are based on IP addressing and subnetting related. The content itself has been changed several times by Cisco to refine and give a perfect way to master today’s TCP/IP network. I would say that this book has lot of emphasis on IP subnetting, VLSM and summarization. Also, this book has lots of tools and exercises to prepare you for those challenges.
I have been training people in routing, switching and security; I know how difficult it is to make people understand the basics of networking. I always look for a book which adopts detail oriented approach in explaining any concept or technology. I rate this book as one of the best and always trust the content and approach will help me achieving my certification need.
Comprehensive material for ICND1, clear print of text, diagrams, tables and device console screen shots
Well thought explanation of networking technologies and concepts with self-explanatory figures, pictures and tables
Lots of useful materials in DVD like Video, Simulator Lite, Mindmaps, practice test questions engine.
Author’s tips and notes in each chapter in the form of “Key Topic” “Note” “reviews of key topics” etc.
CONs: nothing to mention