Beginning my CCNP Route studies!

mp3markelmp3markel Member Posts: 17 ■□□□□□□□□□
I'm going to use 4 primary sources for my CCNP studies:

CCNP Route 642-902 Official Certification Guide 1-58720-253-0
CCNP Route Lab Manual 1-58713-303-2
CBT Nugget CCNP Videos CCNP Labs

I also have the CCNP Route Complete Guide 1st Edition by Yap Chin Hoong 9781453807668 but will only use this as a reference for material, not planning to read the entire book. It got great reviews on Amazon but the broken English makes it hard for me to read.

Any suggestions or material/sources anyone can add to my list? I've also created a spreadsheet of my study process, I'll attach it in case anyone's interested.

CCNP Route Study Syllabus.doc


  • NetworkVeteranNetworkVeteran Member Posts: 2,338 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I really enjoyed Diane Teare's Foundation Learning Guide. It's one of the better Cisco Press books. You'll notice on Amazon that it received 4 1/2 stars vs. the Official Certification Guide's 3 1/2 stars. It's a few dollars more and less often on discount. But if you're paying for CBT Nuggers, a few dollars more shouldn't be a major factor in your training decisions.

    In my estimation the FLG + Lab Manual were plenty to ace the exam. I didn't use either the GNS3 Labs nor the CBT Nuggets. I try to avoid over-studing and over-spending on training (as much as under-doing it) since both are a waste of precious self-improvement time.

    Best of luck to you. :)
  • ShanmanShanman Member Posts: 223
    I am not sure if you know or not but ipexpert is offering their CCNP routing video series for free.
  • Nate--IRL--Nate--IRL-- Member Posts: 103 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Also try GNS3 Vault - it is a better resource than GNS3 labs. I'd link them but I don't think its allowed. Also there are some good resources in the "Free Lab Book" Sticky thread on this forum.

  • MrBrianMrBrian Member Posts: 520
    Let the games begin, as they say. For me, I purchased the OCG before seeing that many prefer the FLG, but it was all good since I used several sources for information anyway, which it appears you will be doing the same. That's a great idea. Whenever you run into weird things or want additional information, I'd recommend searching the cisco white pages, and a lot of times you can find some specific information on the topic at hand. Also, I went to barnes and noble several times and read many areas from the FLG to gain further insight. And above all else, make sure you put in plenty of time labbing. That will serve you well for understanding and troubleshooting the technologies. And to help pass the exam, of course. Good luck to ya!
    Currently reading: Internet Routing Architectures by Halabi
  • waragiwaragi Member Posts: 72 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Also doing route , I would like start with the most difficult topics first.
    what would the recomended order be?

  • NetworkVeteranNetworkVeteran Member Posts: 2,338 ■■■■■■■■□□
    None of the ROUTE topics are particularly difficult. In terms of real-world complexity, RIP < EIGRP & OSPF < BGP. However, the ROUTE exam deals with only a measured slice of each.

    I'd suggest it's rather backwards to learn about RIP last, since it's shortcomings were a key driver for subsequent protocols. That's why most texts begin rather than end with it.
  • mp3markelmp3markel Member Posts: 17 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thank you all for the advice and information. Nate--IRL--, GNS3 Vault looks like a great resource, the labs are definitely more organized and easier to find than GNS3 labs.
  • jamesp1983jamesp1983 Member Posts: 2,475 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Good luck! Looking forward to hearing about a pass!
    "Check both the destination and return path when a route fails." "Switches create a network. Routers connect networks."
  • MrXpertMrXpert Member Posts: 586 ■■■□□□□□□□
    It's a few dollars more/QUOTE]

    or a Fistful of Dollars :) sorry couldn't resist the movie reference
    I'm an Xpert at nothing apart from remembering useless information that nobody else cares about.
  • Danielh22185Danielh22185 Member Posts: 1,195 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Good luck to you! I too just started my CCNP studies not too long ago and plan to use and will be using a lot of the same materials.
    Currently Studying: IE Stuff...kinda...for now...
    My ultimate career goal: To climb to the top of the computer network industry food chain.
    "Winning means you're willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else." - Vince Lombardi
  • astrogeekastrogeek Member Posts: 251 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I really like the labs that come with the CBT Nugget videos, and Jeremy goes through them slow enough that you can understand what's going on. I wish he would release a video series just on labs alone to compliment either CCNP or CCIE material.
  • Danielh22185Danielh22185 Member Posts: 1,195 ■■■■□□□□□□
    That would be nice because Jeremy is easy to follow and doesn't put me to sleep. He does however leave off some parts I have found myself going back and configuring up before I get to the areas he already has up and running.
    Currently Studying: IE Stuff...kinda...for now...
    My ultimate career goal: To climb to the top of the computer network industry food chain.
    "Winning means you're willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else." - Vince Lombardi
  • sonnytbhsonnytbh Registered Users Posts: 2 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Glad to see that im not the only one starting my studies, good luck!
  • f0rgiv3nf0rgiv3n Connection Overlord Member Posts: 598 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Good luck my friend! I too am studying CCNP Route, good fun all around ;)
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