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From Barnes & NobleIf you're studying for your CCNA and you don't have time to waste, you want CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate: Fast Pass, Third Edition. Todd Lammle -- yes, the universe's No. 1 CCNA expert -- has gone down Cisco's list of exam topics one by one and presented precise, concise review content for each of them. That's it. Not what you need to impress folks at cocktail parties, or study for some other exam: just what you need to get CCNA-certified or recertified as quickly and confidently as possible.
Cisco's topic list matches the headings in this book perfectly. "Describe the purpose and functions of various network devices"? Check: it's here. "Verify device configuration and network connectivity using ping, traceroute, Telnet, SSH, or other utilities"? Check. "Identify the basic parameters to configure on a wireless network to ensure that devices connect to the correct access point"? Check again. From VLANs configuration, verification, and troubleshooting to DHCP and DNS operation, security to NAT and ACLs, if it's on the exam, it's covered -- and if it isn't, it isn't.
After each clear and simple discussion, Lammle reiterates the key points: exactly what Cisco wants to absolutely make sure you know. Everywhere it'll help, he presents a diagram: to clarify IPv6-to-IPv4 tunneling; to explain the configuration of "gateways of last resort"; to demonstrate the documentation of network topologies using CDP. And, throughout each chapter, he walks you through the kinds of problems you'll find on the CCNA. (Yes, there are plenty of end-of-chapter practice questions, too.) This is turbocharged CCNA preparation, pure and simple. Bill Camarda, from the January 2008 Read Only