CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator

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The most effective router and switch simulator for hands-on CCNA skills enhancement.

Includes 300 labs, 8 different lab topologies, and more than 3,000 hands-on tasks.

CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator, Second Edition helps you develop and improve hands-on configuration and troubleshooting skills without the investment in expensive lab hardware. This state-of-the-art, interactive simulation software enables you to practice your networking skills ...

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The most effective router and switch simulator for hands-on CCNA skills enhancement.

Includes 300 labs, 8 different lab topologies, and more than 3,000 hands-on tasks.

CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator, Second Edition helps you develop and improve hands-on configuration and troubleshooting skills without the investment in expensive lab hardware. This state-of-the-art, interactive simulation software enables you to practice your networking skills with more than 300 structured labs designed to help you learn by doing, the most effective method of learning. The labs are divided into four different types: 183 skill builder labs which help you practice short, focused configuration tasks, 47 complex configuration scenarios, which present realistic multi-layered configuration tasks, 20 challenging troubleshooting scenarios, which provide you with an opportunity to test your problem identification and resolution skills, and 50 subnetting exercises, which help you improve the speed and accuracy of your subnetting calculations.

Experience realistic network device response as you work through each of the labs, which include detailed instructions, topology diagrams, hints, and full answers. Unlike other simulators on the market, the lab scenarios included in the CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator are far more complex, challenging you to learn how to perform realistic network configuration and troubleshooting tasks.

This unique network simulation software helps you master the hands-on skills needed to succeed on the CCNA exam. Topics covered include
• Router and switch navigation and administration
• LAN switching
• IP addressing
• Subnetting
• Routing
• WANs
• VLANs and trunking
• IP routing protocols
• Scaling IP
• Troubleshooting

Minimum System Requirements:
• 500 MHz processor
• 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
• 500 MB hard drive space
• 32-bit true color monitor (1024x768 resolution)
• Microsoft Windows XP Professional with SP3, Microsoft Vista, Windows 7, or
Mac OS X Version 10.4.11, 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7
• Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 1.5.0
• Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0
• Connection to the Internet during installation for access code validation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587204449
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification
  • Publication date: 1/6/2012
  • Series: Network Simulator Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendell Odom, CCIE No. 1624, is the most respected author of Cisco networking books in the world. His past titles include books on the entry-level Cisco certifications (CCENT and CCNA), the more advanced CCNP, and the industry-renowned CCIE. His books are known for their technical depth and accuracy. Wendell has worked as a network engineer, consultant, instructor, course developer, and book author, and he has produced videos, software, and blogs related to Cisco certifications. His web site with links to various study tools and resources is at
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Table of Contents

Skill Builders
Switch CLI Exec Mode
Switch CLI Configuration Process
(2 Labs)
Router CLI Exec Mode (2 Labs)
Router CLI Configuration Process
Setting Switch Passwords
Configuring Switch IP Settings
Setting Router Passwords
Configuring Router IP Settings
Configuring Local Usernames
Using and Suspending Telnet
Configuring SSH
Migrating to a New IOS® Image
Setting the Configuration Register
Comparing Configuration Files
Examining the IP Routing Table
Using debug
Testing Using Pings with Hostnames
Ignoring the Startup-config File
Booting a New Router IOS
Terminal History I
Terminal History II
Topology Analysis
Interface Settings (3 Labs)
Switch Forwarding I
Switch IP Connectivity I
VLANs (3 Labs)
Interface Status (4 Labs)
Switch Security (4 Labs)
Configuring IP Addresses (4 Labs)
Connected Routes
Static Routes (4 Labs)
Default Routes
IP Classless
Subnet Zero (2 Labs)
Loopback Interfaces
RIP Configuration (6 Labs)
RIP Verification (2 Labs)
Configuring Hostnames
PC IP Commands (3 Labs)
Serial Link Configuration (4 Labs)
Interface Status (2 Labs)
Configuration Scenarios
The Initial Configuration Dialogue (Setup)
New Job I
Rebuild a Configuration
SSH and Telnet
Switch Interfaces and Forwarding
Switch IP Connectivity
Switch Security
Configuring VLANs
Subnetting and Addressing (3 Labs)
Static Routing (2 Labs)
RIP-2 Configuration (2 Labs)
RIP Auto-summary
Serial Link Configuration I
IP and MAC Address Comparisons
IP Classless
Troubleshooting Scenarios
Switch Forwarding I
Path Analysis I
Port Security
Network Discovery (2 Labs)
IP Addressing and Routing
IP Routing I
Subnetting Exercises
Subnet ID Calculation (11 labs)
IP Address Rejection (11 labs)
IP Route Selection (10 labs)
Skill Builders

VLAN Configuration (5 Labs)
VTP Configuration (5 Labs)
Trunking Configuration (4 Labs)
STP Analysis (2 Labs)
STP Configuration (3 Labs)
IP Addressing (3 Labs)
Traceroute I
Default Route I
Zero Subnet
Switch IP Address
ACL (6 Labs)
Named ACL (3 Labs)
ACL Analysis I
Routing Analysis I
Traceroute II
EIGRP Serial Configuration (6 Labs)
EIGRP Frame Relay Configuration
(3 Labs)
EIGRP Authentication (2 Labs)
EIGRP Route Tuning (4 Labs)
EIGRP Neighbors (3 Labs)
OSPF Serial Configuration (6 Labs)
OSPF Router ID (2 Labs)
OSPF Frame Relay Configuration (3 Labs)
OSPF Authentication (2 Labs)
OSPF Metric Tuning (3 Labs)
OSPF Neighbors (5 Labs)
Serial Configuration (2 Labs)
Serial Authentication (2 Labs)
Frame Relay Configuration (5 Labs)
Frame Relay Verification (3 Labs)
NAT Configuration (7 Labs)
IPv6 Address Configuration (9 Labs)
IPv6 Routing Configuration (3 Labs)
IPv6 Hostnames
Configuration Scenarios
VTP Transparent Mode
VLAN Trunking (2 Labs)
STP Analysis I
STP Configuration II
IP Addressing and Configuration (2 Labs)
IP Default Routing and IP Classless
Default Routes
Standard ACL I
Extended ACL (2 Labs)
OSPF Configuration (3 Labs)
OSPF Metric Manipulation
EIGRP Serial Configuration I
EIGRP Configuration II
EIGRP Metric Manipulation I
EIGRP Variance and Maximum Paths I
Frame Relay Configuration I
Frame Relay Inverse ARP
Frame Relay Correlation
NAT Configuration (2 Labs)
IPv6 Configuration (2 Labs)
Troubleshooting Scenarios
Path Analysis (3 Labs)
Path Troubleshooting (4 Labs)
VLAN Troubleshooting I
OSPF Troubleshooting I
Routing Analysis III
Network Expansion
IP Routing II
Subnetting Exercises
VLSM Overlap (11 labs)
VLSM Route Selection (7 labs)
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  • Posted July 28, 2009

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    cheap way to be Cisco certified

    Odom offers this network simulator to cater to those needing to understand routing and switching as presented in the Cisco CCNA exam. So this is all in the context of how Cisco wants you to use their products; no third parties! But then if you are studying for the Cisco certification you already know this. Specifically the book addresses readers who possibly do not have all the Cisco equipment available in order to test and debug various networking problems. It addresses a bootstrapping issue. You want to be certified as Cisco capable, perhaps to get a job using that certification. But without that job and Cisco hardware, how do you even get to first base? Seen in this context, the approximately $140 cost of the simulator is actually a bargain.

    The problems given and the interactivity are nice in presenting typical issues encountered by a Cisco sysadmin. The numerous topology diagrams are the central aspect of the software. Get used to thinking about your network and possibly laying out a new network and modifying an existing one using such diagrams.

    The simulator presents tasks in the form of what it terms labs, ie. lessons. A lot of work went into making 250 of these; enough to cover many possible network issues. For some readers, the breadth of these may be daunting. But you should regard studying all these as necessary. This is a very good way to get wide experience, and to make up for not actually having hardware to work with.

    There is a lingering concern about the simulator. Anyone who has ever put together network hardware might know that low level problems can arise. Any simulator might not be able to fully convey experience in diagnosing such problems. So to this extent, the simulator cannot fully substitute for hands on experience on a network. But the CCNA exams can't fully test for knowledge of such low level issues anyway. So as a pragmatic matter, you can regard the simulator as simply designed for you to pass the exams.

    If you come from an electrical engineering background and have used circuit layout and simulation programs like PSpice, then the network simulator will be an easy segue.

    The simulator's requirements of your machine are also fairly minimal, which is good. Most of you should already have a computer with at least 1 GB RAM and faster than 500 MHz, and with more than 500 Mb of free disk space.

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

    Network Simulator at its BEST ! !

    A hands on simulator at it's BEST ! ! Wendell Odom is the master at CCNA publications and this is no less than what you would expect from him. As simulators go there are a couple of others on the market that have been used to study for the CCNA. While the other product make an attempt to offer some hands on experience, this simulator covers more than the typical network incidents you encounter. This is truly designed for the exam and if you couple it with the ICND Books parts 1 & 2, you can't miss ! !

    Not only do you have over 3000 hands -on tasks but 250 labs that cover every scenario you can imagine. The simulator is so complete that every topic is covered that one would use in every day networking life and also topics that are just a part of what Cisco offers that aren't used as readily. But again, it is for exam purposes so the information is necessary and appreciated that it is offered. This hands-on opportunity makes it so you can memorize the commands more easily. You are able to familiarize yourself with the most common issues which make you feel very comfortable when you do encounter the problem and very relieved knowing that this was included in the software when you get the correct answer when it is covered on the exam.

    All of the labs demonstrate what is needed for configuring the Switch CLI process, IP Addresses and Switch security, just to name a few items. You get more than one opportunity to configure and learn about them. Actually, you have two to four different labs so you can practice repeatedly configuring almost everything ! ! The more difficult areas such as VLAN Configuration and VTP Configuration offer 5 labs. You will be allowed to save your work and come back to your study point. The graphics depicting the various topologies used for the lab configuration helps you to visualize the network. This makes relating to your issues a lot easier until you become adept to the inner workings of a network. You will be able to troubleshoot network devices right at your computer.

    There are easy tabs available for you to review the instructions for each lab. You can lookup commands that are used by Cisco so you won't have to hesitate if you should get stuck with on a command. It is a timesaving way without going to the internet for a search. You cannot ask for a more complete way to study for an exam. So, as you will be able to see when you begin to embark on the long hours of studying, the experience of being comfortable at the keyboard in the exam room and at work will be well worth the price you pay for the simulator. This is a very thorough and well thought out simulator package.

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