My CCNA Journey Officially Commences

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  • MontagueVandervortMontagueVandervort Senior Member Posts: 399Member ■■■■■□□□□□
  • kaijukaiju Posts: 402Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    Spiegel said:
    Another issue I'm experiencing. I'm using Subnetting.net to practice my subnetting and sometimes I'll enter the correct answer but the website marks it as incorrect. Here is a sample:




    Just in case you did not get an answer, I will try to help. I did a screen capture so the nth power would show properly.




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  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Posts: 2,482Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Great thread appreciate all the good insights.
  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 298Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Not going to lie. I'm getting a little nervous about the exam. This is my first vendor specific exam so I'm trying to psyche myself out by reading other people's experience along with labbing and quizzing myself everyday.
    Degree: WGU B.S. Network Operations and Security [In-Progress]
    Current Certs: A+ | N+ | S+ | MTA: OSF | CIW: SDA | ITIL: F | CCENT | CCNA R&S
    Currently Working On: CCDA


    2019 Goals: CCENT [X], CCNA R&S [X], CCDA [ ]
    Future Certs: LPI Linux Essentials | Project+| Cloud Essentials + | CCSP | CCNP Enterprise | CCNP Security | MDAA
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Posts: 2,482Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Wrong or right, the way I look at it is this certification is > than all the other ones you possess currently.  It's not even close, AGAIN this is IMO.  
  • MontagueVandervortMontagueVandervort Senior Member Posts: 399Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Try to relax. I think you'll be ok as you seemed serious enough throughout the process. As long as you can correlate all the ideas together, you'll get it done.

    P.S
    Make sure your subnetting speed is fast. It helps a lot.
  • kaijukaiju Posts: 402Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    Good luck!
    Work smarter NOT harder! Semper Gumby!
  • Jon_CiscoJon_Cisco Posts: 1,773Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    The one thing to remember is you can always take it again. Sometimes your gonna nail an exam and sometimes your not. Once you have taken it you will either pass or have a better idea what to expect.

    Personally I think your gonna nail it. Putting in the work is the most important part.
  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 298Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Question about broadcast domains. I know that routers can create a broadcast domain per port and in the picture provided I counted three broadcast domains. One to the left of R1, one in-between R1 and R2, and one to the right of R2. Why is this question marked as having only 2 broadcast domains?



    Degree: WGU B.S. Network Operations and Security [In-Progress]
    Current Certs: A+ | N+ | S+ | MTA: OSF | CIW: SDA | ITIL: F | CCENT | CCNA R&S
    Currently Working On: CCDA


    2019 Goals: CCENT [X], CCNA R&S [X], CCDA [ ]
    Future Certs: LPI Linux Essentials | Project+| Cloud Essentials + | CCSP | CCNP Enterprise | CCNP Security | MDAA
  • LunchbocksLunchbocks Senior Member FloridaPosts: 297Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    The link between R1 and R2 is a serial link, and the instructions say ignore the serial link and the console link. So you have a BD to the left of R1 and a BD to the rivht of R2.
    Degree: Liberty University - B.S Computer Science (In Progress)
    Current Certs: MCTS | Network+
    Currently Working On: CCNA
    2019 Goals: CCNA R&S
    2020 Goals: CCNP Enterprise, CCNP Security, Linux+


  • MontagueVandervortMontagueVandervort Senior Member Posts: 399Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Sometimes we go in for the kill and don't read the question carefully.

    Always read the questions carefully.
  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 298Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Yes, I see it now. Thanks guys. This was late last night. Super tired lol
    Degree: WGU B.S. Network Operations and Security [In-Progress]
    Current Certs: A+ | N+ | S+ | MTA: OSF | CIW: SDA | ITIL: F | CCENT | CCNA R&S
    Currently Working On: CCDA


    2019 Goals: CCENT [X], CCNA R&S [X], CCDA [ ]
    Future Certs: LPI Linux Essentials | Project+| Cloud Essentials + | CCSP | CCNP Enterprise | CCNP Security | MDAA
  • LunchbocksLunchbocks Senior Member FloridaPosts: 297Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    NP, I understand.
    Degree: Liberty University - B.S Computer Science (In Progress)
    Current Certs: MCTS | Network+
    Currently Working On: CCNA
    2019 Goals: CCNA R&S
    2020 Goals: CCNP Enterprise, CCNP Security, Linux+


  • MontagueVandervortMontagueVandervort Senior Member Posts: 399Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    I get that ... as sometimes I'm stumped over entering commands in labs at 1 and 2 am. :D
  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 298Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Progress Report:
    Only 4 more days left until I take the exam. I'm feeling somewhat confident I'll do well. It's hard to tell given that so much has happened since I first began this journey. Life, family, holidays, moving, work...I somehow managed to find study time around all of that to reach this point.

    Things to focus on: 
    • Subnetting, improving my speed
    • NAT
    • Ethernet fundamentals
    • ACLs
    • RIPv2
    • Troubleshooting
    I think these are the areas I want to focus on the most as I continue to study these remaining days. I have a general understanding but definitely want to make sure I fully comprehend the topics.

    Any last minute advice is welcomed. 
    Degree: WGU B.S. Network Operations and Security [In-Progress]
    Current Certs: A+ | N+ | S+ | MTA: OSF | CIW: SDA | ITIL: F | CCENT | CCNA R&S
    Currently Working On: CCDA


    2019 Goals: CCENT [X], CCNA R&S [X], CCDA [ ]
    Future Certs: LPI Linux Essentials | Project+| Cloud Essentials + | CCSP | CCNP Enterprise | CCNP Security | MDAA
  • LunchbocksLunchbocks Senior Member FloridaPosts: 297Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Sometimes we go in for the kill and don't read the question carefully.

    Always read the questions carefully.
    I'm usually pretty good with tests, but that has been my biggest problem taking them. On my Network+ exam, I forced myself to read each question twice to make sure, because I'll think I know what they are asking and miss an important part. Back in my algebra classes, it would be those little insignificant things like a negative sign that I would glance right over.


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    Current Certs: MCTS | Network+
    Currently Working On: CCNA
    2019 Goals: CCNA R&S
    2020 Goals: CCNP Enterprise, CCNP Security, Linux+


  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 298Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    So I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around subnet zero. According to the books it is the first zero in a subnet. Not sure I follow.
    Degree: WGU B.S. Network Operations and Security [In-Progress]
    Current Certs: A+ | N+ | S+ | MTA: OSF | CIW: SDA | ITIL: F | CCENT | CCNA R&S
    Currently Working On: CCDA


    2019 Goals: CCENT [X], CCNA R&S [X], CCDA [ ]
    Future Certs: LPI Linux Essentials | Project+| Cloud Essentials + | CCSP | CCNP Enterprise | CCNP Security | MDAA
  • MontagueVandervortMontagueVandervort Senior Member Posts: 399Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Hope this helps if you haven't figured this out already.



    Best of luck on your exam tomorrow!

  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 298Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I ended up finding that video later last night. It did help a bit. Thank you!
    Degree: WGU B.S. Network Operations and Security [In-Progress]
    Current Certs: A+ | N+ | S+ | MTA: OSF | CIW: SDA | ITIL: F | CCENT | CCNA R&S
    Currently Working On: CCDA


    2019 Goals: CCENT [X], CCNA R&S [X], CCDA [ ]
    Future Certs: LPI Linux Essentials | Project+| Cloud Essentials + | CCSP | CCNP Enterprise | CCNP Security | MDAA
  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 298Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Welp...down to the wire. Roughly 12 hours away from taking the CCENT exam. I'm not exactly sure how ready I am. I understand most of the topics fairly well. I feel like I could pass this thing but the opposite is true as well. We shall see.
    Degree: WGU B.S. Network Operations and Security [In-Progress]
    Current Certs: A+ | N+ | S+ | MTA: OSF | CIW: SDA | ITIL: F | CCENT | CCNA R&S
    Currently Working On: CCDA


    2019 Goals: CCENT [X], CCNA R&S [X], CCDA [ ]
    Future Certs: LPI Linux Essentials | Project+| Cloud Essentials + | CCSP | CCNP Enterprise | CCNP Security | MDAA
  • kaijukaiju Posts: 402Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    edited February 4
    Things to write down on your scribble sheet while the test is loading:
    2 to nth power (0 to 12) with the corresponding /value
     -  Ex.[/24 = ((2 to the 8th) - 2) = 254 (don't for subnet mask of 255.255.255.0)
    For hosts: 2nth - 2 with nth being the 0 bits in the host section
    For subnets: 2nth with nth being the 1 bits borrowed from the host section.
     - Ex: Have a class B address and you need 300 subnets. (2 to the 8th = 256) < 300 <  (2 to the 9th = 512). So add nine 1 bits and you end up with a /25 (16 + 9).
     - This will leave 7 host bits so there will be 126 hosts (2 to the 7th minus 2) in the subnet.

    That quick reference will help you to save time if you haven't gotten it completely ingrained on the membrane.


    GOOD LUCK!!

    @meggo - can we get superscript enabled?


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  • LunchbocksLunchbocks Senior Member FloridaPosts: 297Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Good Luck!
    Degree: Liberty University - B.S Computer Science (In Progress)
    Current Certs: MCTS | Network+
    Currently Working On: CCNA
    2019 Goals: CCNA R&S
    2020 Goals: CCNP Enterprise, CCNP Security, Linux+


  • Jon_CiscoJon_Cisco Posts: 1,773Member ■■■■■■■■□□
  • MeggoMeggo Administrator Posts: 197Admin Admin
    @kaiju I don't see where I can turn it on in the back end, so I'm going to ask my CSM. 

    In the meantime, you can force it using "toggle html view." Superscript HTML tag is <sup> </sup> .
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  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 298Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Progress Report:
    CCENT ACQUIRED!!!

    To be honest I didn't lab as much as I would have liked. Did a bit here and there on the Cisco simulator I purchased and some from the Boson NetSim. I barely cracked open the Boson Exam Environment, mostly used the practice tests provided by WGU in the uCertify course (which is essentially a copy paste of Wendell Odom's book).

    The had three practice exam banks I could essential choose from, only one of which I worked from. It is where you had to answer the same question three times to "Master" it and then proceed to the next questions. I took aggressive notes from the that and made a huge stack of flash card notes. Studied and researched every question I got wrong or right, especially from those questions I wasn't super keen on. I had scheduled my exam for the 4th of this month and I didn't want to move it, sticking to my schedule due to my other courses I have to attend too. I basically ran out of time which didn't give me my time needed to dedicate to labs.

    I'm honestly surprised I passed given all the interruptions between September and December. I started my new term at WGU in December so I basically started my studies over then given the additional materials I was given. The CBT Nuggets videos with Jeremy Cioara were golden. It reinforced my reading and solidified my understanding on the subjects.

    Now that I know what it's like to study for a Cisco exam I will be making some modifications to how I will approach my ICND2 studies. I'd love to start on it as soon as possible but will have to wait until I wrap up my remaining courses for this term. I'll try to start casually reading the ICND2 book until I really start my studies to give me a head start.

    So be on the look out on this very same thread in the not so distant future (aiming for 2-3 months from now) for the second half of this journey.

    If any have additional questions regarding my studies and exam experience feel free to ask. I'll gladly share during this intermission.

    Once again, I want to thank everyone that has supported me, cheered me on, and provided advise. Every little bit counted towards this success and I can honestly say I wouldn't have passed if it weren't for this forum and everyone in it.
    Degree: WGU B.S. Network Operations and Security [In-Progress]
    Current Certs: A+ | N+ | S+ | MTA: OSF | CIW: SDA | ITIL: F | CCENT | CCNA R&S
    Currently Working On: CCDA


    2019 Goals: CCENT [X], CCNA R&S [X], CCDA [ ]
    Future Certs: LPI Linux Essentials | Project+| Cloud Essentials + | CCSP | CCNP Enterprise | CCNP Security | MDAA
  • MontagueVandervortMontagueVandervort Senior Member Posts: 399Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Congrats man!!!

    Great job!
  • nisti2nisti2 Posts: 488Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Great job! I booked my CCENT exam for the 27 of April! 
    So I have 70 days Challenge :D 
    May the knowledge be with me jajaj
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  • Jon_CiscoJon_Cisco Posts: 1,773Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    I always try to lab but one issue is there never seems to be an end game with labbing. If your reading the book you know you have to get to the last chapter. If your taking a test you know you need to shoot for a passing score. If you do another lab you just move on to the next one.

    It probably always feels like we could or should have done more labbing but in the end we want to pass and move on to the next challenge.
  • jazz_01jazz_01 Posts: 65Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congratulations on your success! :) 
  • coreyb80coreyb80 Posts: 640Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Congrats!!
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