CompTIA Network+ (N10-004) Cert Guide Hardcover – Aug 15 2010
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About the Author
Mike Harwood (MCSE, A+, Network+, Server+, Linux+) has more than 14 years experience in information technology and related fields. He has held a number of roles in the IT field including network administrator, instructor, technical writer, website designer, consultant, and online marketing strategist. Mike has been a regular on-air technology contributor for CBC radio and has coauthored numerous computer books, including the Network+ Exam Cram published by Pearson.
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With that said, I have had a lot of experience in studying for certification exams, including exams from CompTIA, Microsoft, and Cisco. I have used many books over the past decade or so, and I can honestly say that I think Pearson got it right here.
This book does a good job of covering the content you need to understand to pass the exam. I know...because I have taken and passed the exam. I know how the questions are worded and understand the logic that CompTIA uses for their exam. It helps that I am also a practice test developer for Transcender.
With that said, I love the fact that Mike Harwood does not go into depth when it is not needed for the exam. I remember several years ago, I used a book to study for the old version of the Network+ exam, and I spent time learning about how the Internet was founded (and, no, the book did not mention Al Gore). When I finally took the exam, I realized that all that information was not needed to pass the exam. I was so frustrated!
But this book gets to the nuts and bolts of the Network+ exam. I particularly love a few things about this book:
1. When discussing similar technologies, the author provides comparison type material, such as advantages/disadvantages. Often understanding the subtle differences is the key to answering the questions on the live exam.
2. There are LOTS of pictures, screen shots, and diagrams. This will really help when you see similar pictures and diagrams on the live exam. (And make sure you can identify the different kind of cables, connectors, and so on. This is vital for the Network+ exam.)
3. I love the use of tables and bullet points for review purposes. These are easy to find and can be reviewed right before you walk into the test center.
4. The wireless networking chapter is particularly helpful. While this technology is not new, it is relatively new to the CompTIA certification world. The wireless obstruction table on page 265 was particularly helpful!
5. The Troubleshooting Procedures and Best Practices chapter was arranged in a manner that is easily understood. I have been involved in the development of study guides. Often, the troubleshooting section is the hardest to write because problems can be caused by so many factors.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone preparing for the Network+ exam. It is also a great general reference for those who are just starting in the computer networking industry.
A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, Project+
But, even with these flaws, this Cert Guide should help you pass your Network+ exam... though with so many other quality titles on the market, it's hard to recommend this as your primary guide. With a little bit of proofreading and fact checking, this could have been a 5-star title.
OH - almost forgot - the included practice exam was great! Very similar to the actual Network+ in terms of difficulty and style.
I took this book and started reading it from cover to cover back in August 2010. I started by taking notes and working the quizzes at the end of each chapter. The book was well laid out and was not overly complicated to follow. This is very nice if you are just starting to get familiar with networking concepts.
Keep in mind, you must know the CompTIA Network+ objectives in order to pass the exam. Reading this book will help you understand everything that is needed in order to do so. Between the overall structure of the chapters and the included practice exam on the CD, I felt that Pearson's CompTIA Network+ Cert Guide provided all the information needed in order to take and pass the exam.
After four months of studying with this book I took the CompTIA Network+ N10-004 exam. Thankfully, I passed the exam! I can honestly say that if it wasn't for this book being so thorough, yet easy to follow, I'm not sure I would have passed at all.
Thank you Mike Harwood and Pearson for helping me pass the exam!
Excellent coverage of the OSI model with a detailed table of the TCP/IP protocol suite.
None of the chapters are overly long easy to sit down and read without getting bored.
A+, Network+, MCP, MCSA, MCTS
For those seeking Network+ certification and who are relatively new to networking (or trying to break into the field), this book provides a well-structured discussion of networking basics. Beyond that, the author offers test tips and clarifying notes throughout the chapters. Tips prompt you to focus more intently on certain areas. Notes are used as a way to anticipate your questions and provide quick, on-the-spot answers, highlight an important point, or direct you to a website for more information. For example, in Chapter 4, Understanding the TCP/IP Protocol suite, the author singles out important functions such as ARP, the HOST file, and DNS reverse lookup.
Each chapter is broken up - visually - with the use of style headers, bullet points, tables, lists, diagrams, numbered points, digital images, line drawings and screen shots. Such visual diversity breaks up and blocks written text so it is easier to read and digest. Diagrams, especially help you better understand how different processes work. An entire paragraph could be written to explain the role of the default gateway, for example, but a diagram expresses the information better - dynamically and with clarity.
Every certification book provides an end-of chapter review and questions to test your retention of the material. This book offers multiple and richer review options than most certification texts. For example, you can print blank "memory tables" included on a CD. Tables and lists are arranged by chapter for fast reference. However, there's a twist. Not all of the information is included so at many different points you have to fill in the rest of the information. For instance, one memory table includes several common protocols, their port assignments and the TCP/UDP service. The author provides some information in its entirety and some you have to fill in. This method breaks the tendency to simply scan over material; you must engage, recall and fill in the blank areas. Memory tables work in concert with other review options: defining key terms, hands-on exercises, troubleshooting scenarios, and review questions.
The companion CD also offers comprehensive exam prep software by examgear. You have the option to work in study mode or take a practice exam. Study mode allows you to identify areas you need to review while benefitting from detailed explanations of the material covered in the questions. The practice exam simulates an actual exam context and you receive a final score. Use this when you are close to your exam date so you know where specific weaknesses lie and you can re-train/review those specific areas.
Ann Vachon, MCSE, MCSA, A+, Net+, iNet+, Security+, Linux+, TICSA