The CCNA curriculum covers the basics of computer networking, with a slant towards Cisco devices and proprietary standards.
There are two paths to obtain a CCNA certification:
- Take the composite CCNA exam
- Take two exams (the ICND1 and ICDN2)
You can choose which option is preferable to you. Either study for longer and pay to sit one exam (CCNA) or split your studies into two and pay to sit two exams (ICND1 and ICND2).
On passing the ICND1 exam you obtain the CCENT certification, which is an entry-level Cisco certification.
Once you pass the ICND2 exam you then become a CCNA certified engineer. The CCNA is an associate-level certification.
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We have complete CCNA solutions for students looking to learn the CCNA from scratch and for candidates preparing to take the CCNA exam.
Our online CCNA Video Boot Camp is ideal for those looking to study networking.
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While our CCNA questions and answers database, and CCNA cheat sheet are designed for those looking to cram for the exam.
Our CCNA Video Training has downloadable workbooks for each video lesson.
These workbooks feature pop quizzes, and fill-in-the-blanks to help you commit the information learned to memory.
They also have handy lists of IOS commands used in the videos and complete lab configurations and diagrams.
You'll learn how to configure Cisco routers and switches by watching an expert, and then repeating the lab on your own using either real Cisco kit or a simulator.
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Being able to convert between hexadecimal and decimal and visa-versa without a calculator is essential for the CCNA exam, since you are forbidden to take calculators into the exam.
We have a video in our CCNA Bootcamp that explains how to do this, and we've also released a free hexadecimal conversion tool so you can verify your answers are correct.
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Getting practical experience of configuring and troubleshooting Cisco routers and switches is key to getting the skills required to become a proficient CCNA certified network engineer.
We have a free video for you that explains all the equipment you'll need to set-up your own CCNA lab at home. The video explains each device you require as well as all the types of cables and connectors you'll need for your lab. We'll also give you some tips on where to purchase the kit as well as a shopping list of items.
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When you build the lab we suggest in this video, you'll be able to configure almost every type of configuration required for the CCNA exam, except Wireless LANs.
- Learning the basic IOS commands
- Designating static and default routes
- Configuring routing protocols such as RIPv2, EIGRP, OPSF
- Creating PPP WANs with authentication
- Configuring a switched network with Spanning Tree protocol
- Setting-up VLANs, VLAN trunking and EtherChannel
- Practising IP access list rules
- Configuring a Frame Relay hub and spoke network
- Constructing a private network that uses NAT
- And configuring an IPv6 network
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Before you spend your hard earned cash paying to sit the Cisco CCNA exam we advise you to test your knowledge using some CCNA simulation questions beforehand.
You'll quickly be able to spot the weakest areas of your networking knowledge so you can improve in those areas.
Our database has over 650 CCNA simulation questions as well as over 300 CCNA flashcards to help you prep from the CCNA exam.
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You'll get 10 CCNA simulation questions per quiz or 50 questions if you sign-up to our free account.
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To stand a chance of passing the CCNA exam you need to ensure you prepare thoroughly. Don't expect to be able to read a CCNA study guide and be ready to sit the exam. The CCNA exam is hard and it will cost you $295 each time you take it. Here are some of the things you should be doing to ensure you can recall all the CCNA information from memory during the exam:
1.) Practice answering exam style questions using CCNA simulation questions
2.) Use CCNA flashcards to help commit the CCNA syllabus to long term memory
3.) Create your own set of CCNA revision notes
4.) Practice your IOS commands either on real Cisco routers and switches or a CCNA router simulator
5.) Read through your revision notes frequently, and take practice tests often
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Preparing for the CCNA exam can seem daunting at first, after all there is a huge amount of information covered by the CCNA exam.
Ideally you should write notes on each topic from the CCNA syllabus as you go through the course, these notes will make it much easier for you to create your own set of compact revision notes.
Try to condense your revision notes for each topic onto one side of paper. Concentrate on things you have trouble remembering. Include sketches, IOS commands and tables of information to help jog your memory.
Remember, you'll want to be able to read through these notes many times before the exam, so try to make them short enough so that you can read through the whole set of notes in about 30 minutes.
As the exam draws closer create a more compact set of notes from your revision notes. These will be used to glance at just before you walk into the exam room, and include all the important things you still haven't managed to commit to memory.
The CCNA exam isn't an open book exam, so you can't refer to your notes in the exam, but you will have access to a pen and paper or write/erase board, so you can start writing down stuff from your memory as soon as you enter the exam room.
If you don't want to create your own set of revision notes you can purchase our CCNA Cheatsheet which contains 9 crammed pages full of revision notes, diagrams, comparison tables, IOS commands covering the latest CCNA syllabus.
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If you are looking for a virtual router to practice your CCNA IOS commands look no further than our online Router Simulator.
We have labs covering most types of router configuration, from basic router configuration, to using CDP, setting passwords, configuring interfaces, ACL, and routing protocols.
You can try our virtual CCNA lab for free.
If you open the labs in "Learn Mode" you'll be given detailed instructions on how to perform the task, whereas "Test Mode" will assume you know the IOS commands to complete the lab.
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