How helpful is getting CCNA Voice?

Alhaji265Alhaji265 Member Posts: 203 ■■■□□□□□□□
Good day TE members!

With CCNA Voice, how beneficial can it be to myself if I obtain this certification? I looked at the curriculum at CBT Nuggets and found it interesting. I have a year and couple of months of desktop support experience but NO experience using Cisco technology in a workplace. Thanks.

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  • YFZbluYFZblu Member Posts: 1,462 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I'm also interested to see some Voice people weigh in. After CCNA: Sec I am considering taking a break from Cisco certification for a while; that being said if I do continue my Cisco studies, Voice is what I will pursue.
  • RoguetadhgRoguetadhg CompTIA A+, Network+. Member Posts: 2,489 ■■■■■■■□□□
    I asked my boss after I got my CCNA, which exam I should go for afterwards - he said Voice.

    As far as the amount of information - I just don't find voice exciting

    His reasoning seems to be around QoS and the increasing demand for cheaper, more reliable, impressive forms of communication. I said "Heck no". Although, It seems that he would have me get my CCNP:Voice instead of CCNA.

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  • SteveO86SteveO86 Member Posts: 1,423
    Could be a good way of getting your foot in the door. Do you have an interest in voice? Does you company currently utilize Cisco Voice?
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  • Alhaji265Alhaji265 Member Posts: 203 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Roguetadhg wrote: »
    I asked my boss after I got my CCNA, which exam I should go for afterwards - he said Voice.

    As far as the amount of information - I just don't find voice exciting

    Are you currently studying Voice and if so, how far are you into it?
  • Alhaji265Alhaji265 Member Posts: 203 ■■■□□□□□□□
    SteveO86 wrote: »
    Could be a good way of getting your foot in the door. Do you have an interest in voice? Does you company currently utilize Cisco Voice?

    So far I currently have a slight interest in Voice (since this happened just today). As far as my company having Cisco Voice I would have to touch base with my manager on that.
  • RoguetadhgRoguetadhg CompTIA A+, Network+. Member Posts: 2,489 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Alhaji265 wrote: »
    Are you currently studying Voice and if so, how far are you into it?

    I stopped studying CCNA:Voice. I don't have a capable lab (No Phones, No CME). I'd rather have a lab (Slowly but surely) before going beyond CCNA. Currently, studying Linux+ as I've seen that to be a requirement for a lot of networking jobs.
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  • Alhaji265Alhaji265 Member Posts: 203 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Off topic: Mortal Kombat Annihilation sucks[/QUOTE]

    For whatever reason, I find this very funny that you changed the topic to Mortal Kombat! :)
  • IristheangelIristheangel CCIEx2 (Sec + DC), CCNP RS, CCNA V/S/R/DC, CISSP, CEH, MCSE 2003, A+/L+/N+/S+, and a lot more from m Pasadena, CAMod Posts: 4,133 Mod
    I am studying for my CCNA Voice right now... I am not a fan. I'm more of a security/routing & switch type but I have to say that there is inherent value in it. Prior to studying for it, I was hearing terms from my coworkers such as PRI, SIP, FX0, CUCM, etc and I had no idea what they were talking about. Thanks to studying for this exam, I am at least understanding the basics. I don't plan on going further into voice beyond the CCNA but if you plan on being "master of the network," you better at least understand the basics of VoIP which I feel the CCNA Voice teaches
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  • Mike-MikeMike-Mike Member Posts: 1,860
    Alhaji265 wrote: »

    For whatever reason, I find this very funny that you changed the topic to Mortal Kombat! :)

    made me laugh too....



    back on topic: I am likely going to study CCNA Voice after CCNA Security
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  • JasonITJasonIT Member Posts: 114
    I am also studying VOICE. I understand from colleagues if your goal is to work in the telecom industry, as mine is, then Voice is a very good option. I have asked a friend who has a really good telecom job and he said having CCNA Voice helped set him apart from the other candidates according to his new boss. FWIW seems to be a nice addition to CCNA if going that route?

    J
  • ehndeehnde Member Posts: 1,103
    This conversation only has meaning after you have your CCNA. I've just started studying voice and it's great. The first time I set up two phones and it worked was like magic!

    The learning curve can be steep. Don't do it because it can be a lucrative career. Do you think it would be fun?
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  • phoeneousphoeneous Go ping yourself... Member Posts: 2,333 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Experts say that if you don't have voice experience in the next 5 years you will be jobless.






    Just kidding, I made that up. I love voice, it's a very challenging topic.
  • ehndeehnde Member Posts: 1,103
    phoeneous wrote: »
    Experts say that if you don't have voice experience in the next 5 years you will be jobless.






    Just kidding, I made that up. I love voice, it's a very challenging topic.

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  • DexterParkDexterPark Member Posts: 121
    Ok, so as an actual voice guy I feel that I should weigh in :) For the record I am NOT a fan of Security as it is annoying, and always getting in the way of my lab setups (About to throw this fundamentally limited 5505 Appliance out the window). </rant>

    Not that I got that off my chest, I would highly recommend the CCNA Voice as job offers blew up my phone the minute I put it on my resume. I am making more money in voice than I have ever made doing anything else and the demand is so high that you are practically indispensable once you land a job. That's 3 reasons right there to jump in, but my number one is that it is the coolest, most fun technology that I have ever tried! There is nothing quite like having your own SIP trunk/1-800 number coming into your home IVR system with custom prompts, ringtones, and background images on your phones
    My advice to anyone looking to advance their career would be to learn DevOps tools and methodologies. Learn how to write code in languages like Python and JavaScript. Not to be a programmer, but a network automation specialist who can do the job of 10 engineers in 1/3 of the time. Create a GitHub account, download PyCharm, play with Ansible, Chef, or Puppet. Automation isn't the future, it's here today and the landscape is changing dramatically.
  • RoguetadhgRoguetadhg CompTIA A+, Network+. Member Posts: 2,489 ■■■■■■■□□□
    I will gladly take that limited ASA 5505 burden off your hands, good sir.

    I wouldn't want you to be in a dire situation, so I'll do like a good friend and help you. ;)


    I think it really depends on how you view it. Because someone says "I hate it" you'll be more likely to say (and believe) "I hate it, too." All without giving the experience a proper chance. With that said, I still don't enjoy it. Yet I can definitely see where the enjoyment can come from - as making your own VoIP system in your home, calling from room to room instead of walking... or talking semi-loudly.

    For practical purposes, it's cheaper than normal a normal residential land-line.

    And the 'magic' of getting it to work, actually work. That never really does fade. It's awesome no matter what you're doing. Because you put your time, effort and energy into making it work - and it doesn't blow up... It's so awesome that can't be described. Maybe the closest satisfaction is Troubleshooting problems!
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  • DexterParkDexterPark Member Posts: 121
    LOL, good friend huh? (I'll just hand it to you then??) In all seriousness I don't hate security, just seen a lot of people coming out of the woodworks lately to rip on Voice for the exact same frustrations we all have had with IT in general. Just been left wondering why, but I see your point, if its not fun why do it right? I have setup a site-to-site VPN to a friends house, used pen testing applications, hardened my servers, and it was incredibly fun for me. Just not as BOSS as overhead paging people who walk up to my porch and knock on my door icon_thumright.gif
    My advice to anyone looking to advance their career would be to learn DevOps tools and methodologies. Learn how to write code in languages like Python and JavaScript. Not to be a programmer, but a network automation specialist who can do the job of 10 engineers in 1/3 of the time. Create a GitHub account, download PyCharm, play with Ansible, Chef, or Puppet. Automation isn't the future, it's here today and the landscape is changing dramatically.
  • RoguetadhgRoguetadhg CompTIA A+, Network+. Member Posts: 2,489 ■■■■■■■□□□
    If you're just gonna toss it out, my lab needs an ASA5505 :D
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  • DexterParkDexterPark Member Posts: 121
    Wow, how annoying to listen too! Why did I watch that whole video? I'm going to buy that game just so that I can shoot that guy in the face...
    My advice to anyone looking to advance their career would be to learn DevOps tools and methodologies. Learn how to write code in languages like Python and JavaScript. Not to be a programmer, but a network automation specialist who can do the job of 10 engineers in 1/3 of the time. Create a GitHub account, download PyCharm, play with Ansible, Chef, or Puppet. Automation isn't the future, it's here today and the landscape is changing dramatically.
  • thsouthernthsouthern Member Posts: 9 ■□□□□□□□□□
    are some of the VoIP traffic scenario;
    1. HQ Office -> any IP Telephony site: Since we are on VoIP, traffic will route to available link. In case there will be an outage on Verizon MPLS all traffic including voice will be routed to Brach Office VPN. This might impact a lot on the voice quality because Internet Link will not guaranteed or priority on VPN.

    2. Branch Office -> HQ Office site VoIP call: In case of link outage between two offices. Voice traffic will reroute to VPN -> MPLS before it reaches the HQ Office PBX. Again no guarantee on voice quality because of the path that it will take.

    3. Branch Office -> IP Telephony via HQ Office PBX routing: Outages on either E1 link between two office or Verizon MPLS will “Greatly” impact the quality of voice. Meaning if Branch Office call IP Telephony voice traffic will go to HQ Office, then HQ Office will route call to Branch Office again since MPLS is down, then route to VPN.
  • Sadiq554Sadiq554 Registered Users Posts: 1 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Hi All,

    I am also looking for CCNA Voice training, but as of now I just have Desktop support engineer's experience, I want a growth in Cisco, so I am very mush confused should I directly learn CCNA voice, Is that a good option, or I should start first with CCNA, So any from all of you experts, can guide what should I do now? I am a new user of this TECHEXAMS.net, I joined it because I need more and more knowledge in Cisco, so please can someone guide what I should I do at the moment, because for me its a my career decision, I am currently working in Dubai.... :)
  • gorebrushgorebrush Member Posts: 2,741
    I *LOVE* Voice.

    Pity we don't support any of it here. I just think it is cool as beans. I used to manage a CallManager 4 system in my old days of being a Systems Admin. I miss it. I would happily go all the way to CCIE for Voice to be honest. Maybe I will do CCNP Voice after Security.

    And it would be purely for fun if I decide to stay at this company. Unless of course they decide we need to support Voice, then I shall be in my element
  • Sounds GoodSounds Good Member Posts: 403
    DexterPark wrote: »
    Ok, so as an actual voice guy I feel that I should weigh in :) For the record I am NOT a fan of Security as it is annoying, and always getting in the way of my lab setups (About to throw this fundamentally limited 5505 Appliance out the window). </rant>

    Not that I got that off my chest, I would highly recommend the CCNA Voice as job offers blew up my phone the minute I put it on my resume. I am making more money in voice than I have ever made doing anything else and the demand is so high that you are practically indispensable once you land a job. That's 3 reasons right there to jump in, but my number one is that it is the coolest, most fun technology that I have ever tried! There is nothing quite like having your own SIP trunk/1-800 number coming into your home IVR system with custom prompts, ringtones, and background images on your phones

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