Network + good place to start?

zenlakinzenlakin Senior MemberMember Posts: 104
Hey guys, I am just curious if the Network + exam would be good to study for and get to show that I have a good handle on networking concepts as well as IP addressing? Or would that be more of a CCNA thing?

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  • dynamikdynamik Senior Member Banned Posts: 12,312 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I'd download the Network+ exam objectives and see if that is the material you want to master: http://certification.comptia.org/network/

    The CCNA is more difficult and will include a lot of Cisco-specific information, but it will also give you a solid foundation in TCP/IP and general networking concepts as well.

    If you're a novice when it comes to networking, you should probably start with the Network+.
  • sthomassthomas Senior Member Member Posts: 1,240 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I think Net+ is a good place to start if you have little to no knowledge of Networking. If you are planning on doing the CCNA and money is tight then you may just want to skip Net+ and go straight for CCNA. Although there are some who say CCNA is not really entry level because most jobs that involve configuring Cisco devices are not usually entry level. Others will say CCNA has helped them get an entry level job and Net+ was not worth it.
    Working on: MCSA 2012 R2
  • zenlakinzenlakin Senior Member Member Posts: 104
    Thanks for the reply. I was thinking about the CCNA because i was looking to learn more about actual IP addressing and working out subnets and such. Need to get better at that. LOL!!
  • brad-brad- Senior Member Member Posts: 1,218
    zenlakin wrote:
    Thanks for the reply. I was thinking about the CCNA because i was looking to learn more about actual IP addressing and working out subnets and such. Need to get better at that. LOL!!
    That was not in my N+ experience.

    I think subnetting comes in 70-291 in the MS series. Havent gotten there just yet.
  • hypnotoadhypnotoad Senior Member Banned Posts: 915
    Cisco requires you to do a lot of subnetting.

    In N+ you learn about other stuff besides just internetworking -- such as UPSes, Backups, RAID, and all the other good stuff you'd find in a server room.

    You also learn about protocols such as IPX, whereas Cisco is pretty much straight IP.
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