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CCNA Official Exam Certification Library (CCNA Exam 640-802) (2nd Edition) Hardcover – Sep 4 2007

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  • Hardcover: 1475 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 2 edition (Sept. 4 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587201836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587201837
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 10.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Wendell Odom, CCIE® No. 1624, has been in the networking industry since 1981. He currently teaches QoS, MPLS, and CCNA courses for Skyline Advanced Technology Services (www.skyline-ats.com). Wendell has also worked as a network engineer, consultant, systems engineer, and instructor and course developer and has taught authorized Cisco courses for the majority of the last 14 years.

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Kit is broken up into 2 books. One covers the CCENT/ICND1 portion, which you can use alone to do the current 640-822 exam. The other book covers the ICND2 portion, which you can use to do the 640-816 exam. Do both those exams qualifies you do get the CCNA Certification. You can also study both books together and take the current 640-802 exam and also get the CCNA Certification with that one single exam. I chose the 2 exam option, and with the amount of information in these 2 books I would recommend that for anyone who isn't vastly familiar with the contents.

Overall, the quality of the writing is good, with easy explanation which ramps up in difficulty at an even pace, rather than just throwing you in at the deep end with no easier foundation. It's important to get a good understanding of the basics, and I would recommend that a person studying also has readily available equipment at hand to be able to practice on.

Only down side is the silly, unimpressive software that comes on the CD. It's sold as a good source of extra information, but is fairly useless.
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I found this to be an excellent resource to prepare for the CCNA examinations. Concepts are clearly developed and explained as the author begins with the basics and keeps layering on more detail. There is enough repetition as the concepts are developed that the reader gains a clearer and clearer grasp as they work through the text. Rather than just give the answers to problem sets, there are detailed explanations, sometimes covering several pages. A very good choice for those pursuing the CCENT and/or CCNA.
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Hard read and studying for this exam. But not the books fault.
This is a tough course and thus requires some hard reading.
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That's exactly what we need to pass the exam...
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa20b3354) out of 5 stars 98 reviews
78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2212b58) out of 5 stars Just Passed Today----Thanks To This Book Jan. 9 2008
By Pierre-an Sajous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just took the test today and I'm still in shock about passing the CCNA. About six weeks ago I decided to get serious and start studying for this test. I bought the Cisco Press books and the 'CCNA for Dummies' book. It turns out that I didn't even use the 'Dummies' book. The Cisco Press Library comes with two books, which I read both cover to cover. After reading both books I moved to the CDs that also comes with this set, which have a lot of useful material. The Boson practice exams that come with the book, I think are the most useful. The questions that the practice exams asks are very similar to the questions that the real test asks. With the combination of both the book and the practice exams you will be well prepared. Practicing with all the tricky questions really makes you learn the material to the smallest detail. The DVDs that come with the book are pretty lame and dry, I didn't even use them. I do what to clarify that I did have previous hands on experience with Cisco routers, but I used a free simulator to brush up on some of my skills. This book set is a must and I probably would not have passed without it. I was really nervous walking into the exam, but the resources that this book set provides prepared me very well for the exam.
55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a6bf0c) out of 5 stars Thorough Coverage of CCNA Topics, and a Great Value May 2 2008
By B. K. Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm a full time instructor of Cisco courses and a CCIE. My students sometimes ask for book recommendations for further study and review. So, I hope that this review of Wendell Odom's "CCNA Official Exam Certification Library, Third Edition" will provide some insight for CCENT and/or CCNA candidates considering the purchase of this library. Following are my observations:

- The "library" contains two separate books: (1) CCENT/CCNA ICND1 Official Exam Certification Guide Second Edition and (2) CCNA ICND2 Official Exam Certification Guide Second Edition.

- Unlike some competitive titles you might come across, this CCNA library cleanly divides the topics of the 640-822 (CCENT/ICND1) exam and the 640-816 (ICND2) exam. So, if a candidate wanted to achieve their CCNA certification by taking the individual exams, they could study the corresponding book from the library. Alternately, if they wanted to take the composite 640-802 CCNA exam, they could study the entire library.

- Cisco Press' "Official Exam Certification Guide" series contains several features that readers can benefit from:
o Icons identifying key topics
o A "Do I Know This Already?" pre-test at the beginning of a chapter
o Memory tables
o Identification of key terms

- Each of the two books in the library contains a DVD and a CD. Each DVD contains personal Video Mentor-style demonstrations of topics by the author.

- Each CD allows you to install a corresponding practice exam from Boson, which has a nice testing engine supporting simulation and testlet questions, in addition to the traditional multiple choice questions found in many competing products.

- The author doesn't just hit the high points, but rather provides in-depth treatment to the myriad of topics on the CCNA exam.

- Binary math and subnet masking are major CCNA topics, and one of the CDs contains a binary math game, which plays much like a video game.

The think I find most striking about this library is the price. It includes a total of two books, two DVDs, and two CDs for a list price of $59.99. As an owner of many Cisco Press books, I consider this to be one the best values out there for CCNA prep.
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa425754c) out of 5 stars Great New CCNA Study Guides April 25 2008
By G. Roesler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having taught the Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification class at local community colleges, I am always interested when new Exam Certification material is published. This new CCNA Official Exam Certification Library, which is in its Third Edition, provides the individual who does not have the time or the funds to take an actual class (like I occasionally teach), a complete, step by step approach to studying and passing the current CCNA exams (ICND1-640-822 & ICND2-640-816 or CCNA-640-802). These volumes provide a solid explanation of networking fundamentals and provide a logical progression of topics and understanding, focusing on building an overall solid technical foundation and, of course, passing the CCNA examinations. The current CCNA exams are much more detailed in scope than in past tests, requiring the student to have specific concept and configuration knowledge encompassing internetworking fundamentals and progressing into routing protocols, switching, including Spanning Tree, WAN protocols, Wireless, IPv6, Access Lists, etc. Because the course material has grown in depth and breadth, the book strives to simulate, in some ways, a class environment by having pre-chapter quizzes to allow the student to assess their current knowledge on the chapter's topics as well as a syllabus or foundation topics to review as a roadmap. Included in each chapter are key topic reviews, lists of key terms and command reference tables. These are critical for the self-study individual since there is no teacher to ask questions - and this is where the other features of the book come in handy.

Since I teach, I wanted some true `students' opinions, so I handed off my copy of this Library set to a number of individuals who had either just passed their test or were studying with other materials. I asked them their opinion of this new edition, asking them to look at all the new study materials and features included in these volumes. The comments I received back were very enthusiastic. They really liked the fact that the books contain both DVD and CDrom resources. The DVD has a series of videos on IP addressing and subnetting, while the CD has several practice scenarios with excellent step by step of explanations how the answer was achieved (just like in a class room). There is even a companion book website that assists the student in further clarification of questions in the book and new postings by the authors on relevant topics. One response back on the book especially liked that it spoke clearly to what is on the CCNA exam and the fact that there was an exhaustive table of Exam topics and where in the book the subject was covered. Other feedback from my small group referred to the testing engine from Boson that provides the student a chance to test just like the real thing. Suffice to say, my little group students wished they had had these great resources when studying for the CCNA.

As for my opinion of the book, I think that the writing and clarity of the composition, in logical progression and consistent format, is what I strive to deliver when I teach, so I really appreciate the effort that went into the creation of these books by the authors. I understand the amount of work it takes to create solid educational materials. Lastly, there is a good last chapter that goes into final preparation, including study plans, relating how and what to practice and how to approach the CCNA testing. This is the same advise that I give students when I teach. This new CCNA Library is a great resource and I would recommend it to anybody who is looking for a self-paced, study program or as supplemental material in addition to other CCNA learning materials.

Gary Roesler, CCIE #11451
30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa292db40) out of 5 stars Really fell short of 640-801 version Nov. 23 2007
By E. Magana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Just like his previous works, Odom writes a comprehensive but very dry 640-802 Certification Library. Which I have always found a refreshing style. The major problem I have with this edition of the cert library is the lack of after chapter questions that were featured so prominently in the last edition. Basically if you could answer these questions without looking, the CCNA was a piece of cake. You could really tell that care was taken to prepare and pick these questions. Also the new chapters really kind of stick out. There is little effort in them to really reinforce the learning with repeated references to key topics that Odom pulled off so well in previous editions.

Overall the lack of review questions and polish in the new chapters really give the reader a sort of "rushed" feeling.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2377930) out of 5 stars Informative, but unnecessarily lengthy March 30 2009
By "Bobbles" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A group of coworkers, myself included, selected this book as our guide for a CCNA study group. So far, this book has proven informative, yet it reads as if the author had a target number of pages he had to submit (similar to a term paper with a predetermined minimum page count as assigned by your favorite college professor). There are multiple instances where the author will take a 3 or 4 page tangent on a topic without really explaining the topic all that well, and just when you're to the point of complete confusion and wondering what you missed, the author proclaims "don't worry, we'll cover this in chapter such and such." Our general consensus as a group is "why did he even talk about this subject then? Why didn't he just save it for the next chapter instead of punishing us with unrelated information now?"

Other than the obvious attempt to pad the page count (and the distracting nature of his tangents) once you can get past this the book is really quite informative. As a group, we are getting a lot out of it, and his way of explaining subject matter has proven to be thorough. He also doesn't seem to be talking down or assuming you should already know more than you do. I could do without the tangents as previously stated, as well as some awkward attempts at humor throughout the book, but all-in-all, not bad. Then again, we may change our minds depending on how we do on the tests!