CCENT passed!

cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior MemberMod Posts: 6,926 Mod
Another successful CCENT adventure completed. I've been studying on and off for 3 months but finally decided it was time to either conquer or die in the battlefield.

Here is a summary of my resources:

1. CCNA Official Exam Certification Library, Third Edition by Wendell Odom This was my main source (ICND1 book). There are detailed explanations, in some cases way more than necessary to cover the exam objectives. At times I got lost in all the detail but solved that quickly by switching temporarily to Todd Lammle's book. Tried watching the videos on the included disk but in my opinion they are not worth your time. Go with CBT Nuggets if you want video.
2. Todd Lammle's ICND1 book - very helpful when Odom's stuff was overwhelming.
3. ICND1 CBT Nuggets with Jeremy Cioara - love this guy.
4. Bryant Advantage $25 package - I hated this from day 1. The e-book format from 1994 that he uses makes me want to kill myself. I read through a couple of chapters and just couldn't take it anymore. Don't get me wrong, it's not the material, it's the presentation. $25 down the drain
5. Cisco Learning Network - Browsed through their discussion boards identifying where people had t
6. TechExams - we all know how valuable this community is. Learning from other cert freaks like yourself is priceless. For example, subnetting was my Mount Everest. The mistake I made when learning how to subnet was switching "methods" trying to find one that I liked. I ended up hating every single one because I did not understand them. It was only when I saw the thread that everything made sense. Also, read those stickies, they are there for a reason.
7. Home lab - although it is true that you could pass using GNS3/Packet Tracer, having a physical lab was a great driving force for me. Given that my Cisco work duties are less than 1% of my time, being able to play with the cables, cards etc. brought a whole new interactivity level to the process. Also, the lab is a great conversation piece. The comments from family, friends and even the cable guy were priceless. My lab consists of 3 2950s from eBay, 2 2610XMs (bought from a TE member) and 1 1721 also from eBay. Everything is on a Skeletek C16-U rack. Lab pic:
8. Subnet practice: IP Subnet Practice and

- eBay kits suck for the most part. Do your homework and build up your lab piece by piece
- I think it is a very fair test and covers the objectives pretty well
- If you can't subnet, you will most likely fail the test. This is a key topic
- If you find this test hard, you should've studied more

What's next? Not sure. Logic says ICND2, but my work is pushing me towards Exchange and Lync. On the other hand I really want to tackle CISSP. We'll see.


  • alan2308alan2308 CISSP, MCSA 2008, MCSA 2012, CCNA R&S, CCNA Security Ann Arbor, MIMember Posts: 1,854 ■■■■■■■■□□
  • dehgrahdehgrah Member Posts: 140 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats on your pass I take the test in a couple weeks.
  • tofuninjahtofuninjah Registered Users Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
    congrats! thanks for the resources and hints.
  • alxxalxx Member Posts: 755
    Goals CCNA by dec 2013, CCNP by end of 2014
  • badboyeeebadboyeee Member Posts: 348
    congrats..ive been majorly lagging on my cisco studies
    2011 Certification Plans so far:
    [Cisco: CCENT (ICND1)-> CCNA (ICND2)]

    Class taking:
    [Cisco NetAcademy - Network Fundamentals (35%)]

    Video currently watching:

    [CBT Nuggets - CCENT w/ Jeremy (50%)]
    [CBT Nuggets - 20-721 (40%)
  • Chris_Chris_ Member Posts: 326
    icon_cheers.gifCongratulations on the pass - good write up; interesting to see Chris Bryant get a digging, most people praise him, I've never used his stuff myself.
    Going all out for Voice. Don't worry Data; I'll never forget you
    :study: CVoice [X] CIPT 1 [ ] CIPT 2 [ ] CAPPS [ ] TVOICE [ ]
  • whatthehellwhatthehell Member Posts: 920
    Congratz and thanks for posting all the resources!icon_cheers.gif
    2017 Goals:
    [ ] Security + [ ] 74-409 [ ] CEH
    Future Goals:
  • THA_DOCTHA_DOC Member Posts: 99 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats!, how did you select your lab? I think home labs are a tremendous help with study. I think that is what I'm missing the opportunity to put my hands on the equipment and the trials and errors that comes with working a home lab.
    An Open Mind, Working to Get IT!:cheers:

  • maddemmaddem Member Posts: 117 ■■□□□□□□□□
  • SurferdudeHBSurferdudeHB Member Posts: 199 ■■■□□□□□□□

    What did you use to practice subnetting?
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