My Network+ Journey (2021)

si20si20 Member Posts: 528 ■■■■□□□□□□
My IT career has been an interesting one to say the least. When I first decided I wanted to be in IT, I went to do a networking course at a local college. Unfortunately, the instructor got sick and never showed up to a *single* lesson.

As a result of that, my networking knowledge never really got off the ground. I'm great with theory, but if you ask me to configure a Cisco/Juniper....nope. Not gonna happen. I got into security and got my WAPT, Pentest+, OSCP etc and luckily never really needed to configure a Cisco device.... but as I'm in the "2nd quarter" of my IT career, I've found that I was seeing more and more topologies, more IPv6, more IoT - it suddenly dawned on me that networking has been my achilles heel.

Last year I did my WAPT, Pentest+ in six months - I attempted AWAE but it was far, far too painful and too hard for me, as a non-programmer. So  this year, I've got 2-3 more certs in mind: Network+ and eJPT. I wont explain my reasoning for eJPT here, but for now, I'll update this thread once per week as I've done with previous certs until the exam date!

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  • si20si20 Member Posts: 528 ■■■■□□□□□□
    So, I've just done a 4 day intensive Network+ crash course (4 hours per day for 4 days, = 16 hours total) run by Anthony Sequeira. It has been an enjoyable but rough ride. I missed around 5-10 mins of the first day, and the remaining 3 days ALL linked back to that exact section I missed. Ugh!!!

    So my plan is to read the book by Todd Lammle, do the CBT nuggets course and also run through the Professor Messer stuff.

    CBT nuggets is 18+ hours long. And Messer has 102 videos covering the N10-007 exam. I've got a very, very long way to go as my networking isn't fantastic. But I'll do this. I'm determined. I want this cert!
  • si20si20 Member Posts: 528 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Update: the CBT Nuggets course is by far the best resource I've been using so far. The Sequeira crash course was *good* but it was a long 4 days and I think it expected you to have *some* networking knowledge. The CBT Nuggets course is pretty much designed for someone without much/any networking knowledge. I also find that the CBT Nuggets videos stick almost exclusively to the Network+ content. I *think* Sequeira did, but he did also stray off sometimes too.

    I did a practice test for chapter 1 and got 23/25 - if that carries on, I don't think the course will be too bad for me, however, I *know* for a fact it does get a bit more difficult especially in the subnetting chapter(s) so I wont be over-confident until I'm happy with subnetting.

    But so far, it's proving to be a fairly enjoyable course!
  • si20si20 Member Posts: 528 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I likely will take 3 days off studying this now - but still very much enjoying the course. CBT nuggets has been great. I'm up to video 20. Each video is approx 5 mins long, so I've done 1 hour 40 mins worth of videos so far (16 hours in total) so I'd say I'm on track to get this done within the next 3-4 months which is what I'm hoping.

    I've made around 20 pages worth of notes - specifically around VLANs so far. I'll update this Sunday evening.
  • si20si20 Member Posts: 528 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Long overdue an update. Took around 2 weeks off to focus on some personal things I needed to do before continuing. I'm now on video 35 (so I've done 15 more videos since the last post) which equates to 75 minutes of study. I know, I know, it sounds poor when you put it like that - but I've watched some of the videos 4-5 so they sink in. I'd probably say my study time has been closer to 3 hours.

    Anyway, there hasn't been a topic yet that I didn't understand after 2-3 replays of the videos. I think so far the Network+ should be achievable.

    I *need* to try and get it done within 2 months really, as my workplace wants me to do the eJPT and EnCE certs this year (ugh, 3 certs in one year...that's rough!)
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