ICND1 passed in under 2 months of study

securityorcsecurityorc Member Posts: 57 ■■■□□□□□□□
Cisco's new direction might take away some of the luster, but I was already committed to studying for this and I want to get the CCNA R&S before it becomes Cisco's equivalent of a CISSP. I passed this with a score of 942 and wanted to share my study resources.

- Todd Lammle's 100-105 Study Guide - I find his writing style easy to digest
- Odom's ICND1 Official Cert Guide - didn't read fully, I used it after Lammle's chapters to find alternate explanations or go more in depth on certain topics. What I really liked about this book were its illustrations, the tables and pictures helped a lot with some information
- Professor Messer's ICND1 notes - towards the end I didn't feel too ready and had overlooked some topics in my own notes, like VTP for example, so I paid the 20 bucks for these notes. They're decent but not entirely necessary and I could have done without. Also I noticed some duplicate content here and there

- CBT Nuggets, highly recommend
- ICND1 course on Cybrary, used more as a recap, ok for a free resource

- I started with Packet Tracer and did David Bombal's PT course on Udemy and various labs on the internet
- the best practice resource I found was Boson's NetSim. It already had lots of labs and none of PT's limitations. I will definitely use this for the 2nd part as well and this was my main confidence booster. There's a discount on their site, if anyone is interested
- for subnetting, I practiced again on various sites, bu this one was my favorite: https://www.lammle.com/ip-subnet-practice-page/

Other than the above, I went through various practice questions and tests from the internet and the CCNA Practice Test book. I didn't need to use the Boson Exam Simulator, which I've also heard many good things about. I'll see how it goes in a few months for ICND2


  • dkorzhevindkorzhevin Member Posts: 50 ■■■□□□□□□□
    edited June 2019
    Great review! Congrats
  • jasojaso CompTia Server+, CCNA CyberOps, CCENT, MTA: NF Member Posts: 36 ■■■□□□□□□□
  • pudgypudgy Member Posts: 8 ■■□□□□□□□□
    securityorc, did you have any prior experience or did you go from 0 to CCNA in under 2 months?
  • itguy4lifeitguy4life Microsoft Member Posts: 6 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for the great info Sir! However, I would like to add another good site that provides good practice exams that will help you pass your icnd1 exam. Actually, I have tried it myself and was really satisfied with the results you could actually try it out for yourself. www(dot)certlibrary(dot)com/info/100-105   Best of luck!
  • securityorcsecurityorc Member Posts: 57 ■■■□□□□□□□
    @pudgy Yes, I did have prior experience with networking in general through my infosec experience and self-study, as well as the CCNA Cyber Ops. But it was the first time I touched the CLI of Cisco devices, and previously I hadn't gone all the way to master some topics, like subnetting for instance.

    Doing the CCNA R&S is a personal goal and not required by my work or anything, but I'm already seeing how I now have a deeper understanding of some topics after the ICND1 and I'm happy with the ROI. Now I'm neck-deep in routing protocols and STP for the second part =D
  • Infosec_SamInfosec_Sam Security+, CCENT, ITIL Foundation, A+ Madison, WIAdmin Posts: 507 Admin
    Congrats on the pass! Do you have a schedule in mind for your ICND2? I'm sitting on my CCENT as well, so I'm itching to get my CCNA completed before the Cisco changes!
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  • securityorcsecurityorc Member Posts: 57 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I think in around 2 months I'll be ready for ICND2, but with holidays coming up and other activities that I'm focusing on in parallel, I'm sure I'll take more time preparing for the second part.
  • Swift6Swift6 RHCE, RHCSA, LPIC-2, LPIC-1, SCA, Linux+, Network+, CWTS ScotlandMember Posts: 268 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Good work. Keep up the momentum.
  • LunchbocksLunchbocks Senior Member FloridaMember Posts: 319 ■■■■□□□□□□
    edited July 2019
    Congrats, and thanks for the study rundown. I am using Stormwinds Studio, CBT Nuggets, Chris Bryant's CCNA Video Boot Camp on Udemy, and Odom's ICND1 Official Cert Guide. I have 3 switches and 3 routers for a lab along with Boson's Netsim. Also, thanks for pointing me towards Lammle's Subnet practice page.  I need that!

    I am hoping to test in 6 - 8 weeks.

    Degree: Liberty University - B.S Computer Science (In Progress)
    Current Certs: CCENT | MCTS | Network+
    Currently Working On: Security+
    2020 Goals: CCNA, CCNP Security, Linux+

  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Member Posts: 2,558 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Most IT professionals would benefit from taking the R&S IMO.
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