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Routing Protocols and Concepts: CCNA Exploration Companion Guide [Hardcover]

Rick Graziani , Allan Johnson
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Jan. 9 2012 1587132729 978-1587132728 1

Each new purchase of an Exploration Companion guide comes with an exclusive coupon code that can be used to Save 65% on these two additional study resources:


1.     CCNA Portable Command Guide, 2nd Ed, eBook (

2.     Routing Protocols and Concepts Companion Guide eBook (


Routing Protocols and Concepts, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide is the official supplemental textbook for the Routing Protocols and Concepts course in the Cisco Networking Academy® CCNA® Exploration curriculum version 4. This course describes the architecture, components, and operation of routers, and explains the principles of routing and the primary routing protocols. The Companion Guide, written and edited by Networking Academy instructors, is designed as a portable desk reference to use anytime, anywhere. The book’s features reinforce the material in the course to help you focus on important concepts and organize your study time for exams.


New and improved features help you study and succeed in this course:

  • Chapter objectives—Review core concepts by answering the focus questions listed at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Key terms—Refer to the updated lists of networking vocabulary introduced and turn to the highlighted terms in context in each chapter.
  • Glossary—Consult the comprehensive glossary with more than 150 terms.
  • Check Your Understanding questions and answer key—Evaluate your readiness with the updated end-of-chapter questions that match the style of questions you see on the online course quizzes. The answer key explains each answer.
  • Challenge questions and activities—Strive to ace more challenging review questions and activities designed to prepare you for the complex styles of questions you might see on the CCNA exam. The answer key explains each answer. 


Rick Graziani has been a computer science and networking instructor at Cabrillo College since 1994. 


Allan Johnson works full time developing curriculum for Cisco Networking Academy. Allan also is a part-time instructor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.


How To—Look for this icon to study the steps you need to learn to perform certain tasks.


Packet Tracer Activities— Explore networking concepts in activities interspersed throughout some chapters using

Packet Tracer v4.1 developed by Cisco®. The files for these activities are on the accompanying CD-ROM.


Also available for the Routing Protocols and Concepts Course:

Routing Protocols and Concepts

CCNA Exploration

Labs and Study Guide

ISBN-10: 1-58713-204-4

ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-204-9


Companion CD-ROM

The CD-ROM provides many useful tools and information to support your education:

  • Packet Tracer Activity exercise files v4.1
  • A Guide to Using a Networker’s Journal booklet
  • Taking Notes: a .txt file of the chapter objectives
  • More IT Career Information
  • Tips on Lifelong Learning in Networking


This book is part of the Cisco Networking Academy Series from Cisco Press®. The products in this series support and complement the Cisco Networking Academy online curriculum.

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Rick Graziani teaches computer science and computer networking courses at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. Rick has worked and taught in the computer networking and information technology field for almost 30 years. Prior to teaching, Rick worked in IT for various companies including Santa Cruz Operation, Tandem Computers, and Lockheed Missiles and Space Corporation. He holds an M.A. in computer science and systems theory from California State University Monterey Bay. Rick also does consulting work for Cisco and other companies. When Rick is not working, he is most likely surfing. Rick is an avid surfer who enjoys longboarding at his favorite Santa Cruz surf breaks.


Allan Johnson entered the academic world in 1999 after 10 years as a business owner/operator to dedicate his efforts to his passion for teaching. He holds both an M.B.A. and an M.Ed. in occupational training and development. He is an information technology instructor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 2003, Allan began to commit much of his time and energy to the CCNA Instructional Support Team, providing services to Networking Academy instructors worldwide and creating training materials. He now works full time for the Academy in Learning Systems Development.

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1.0 out of 5 stars I'd rather read tax laws than this book Dec 31 2011
I was excited to get this book after reading Networking Fundamentals cover to cover. The authors of this book are different and the change was painful. They're unable to introduce new concepts without voluntarily adding extraneous details and then backpedaling and saying it's outside the scope of this book. I never once got the feeling there was a guy who knew his stuff and gave a thought to how to effectively communicate it to beginners. They get so caught up in trying to use the proper terminology when explaining, say, EIGRP route determination, it comes out as garbage no one can understand. It feels like it's been edited by numerous Cisco guys, each afraid of saying too much or saying the wrong thing.

With all the IT books out there, this book is just a waste of time and space. If it's required for your curriculum, get something like Network Warrior if you want to get a better understanding of the material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Dec 12 2011
By Mich
The contents of this book is very similar to the one on the netacad website. It truly is a companion guide.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I learned my lesson Sept. 19 2012
By Wilson77 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I only have one issue with this e-book. Unfortunately it is a very big issue. The pictures in the book are way to hard to read. If it was possible to enlarge them, then it would of been a great deal. I only have tried viewing this book on my Samsung Galaxy S III and Desktop. After this experience I will stay away from e-books for the time being.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, but for a Cisco Product Expected More Oct. 20 2010
By Jack R. - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I like another reviewer bought the book as required material for a course. I already earned a CCNA through personal study and the use of other Cisco Press study materials. The CD contained is useless unless you have access to a Packet Tracer environment because the only thing contained on it are PT scripts (not even a pdf copy to carry on your eReader). The content is very superficial on the protocols covered (only mentions IS-IS by name) with little to no additional information on it. Sample configurations covered are limited to the minimum necessary to enable the various protocols.

If your looking for a product which will contribute to an already basic knowledge of routers and routing protocols, there are other more complete products available. If you don't know even the basics of Cisco IOS commands and routing protocols, it will provide you a good, but very high level overview.
5.0 out of 5 stars Routing Protocols and Concepts May 13 2012
By Troy N.Stennett - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
1. packaging was good
2. item was delivered on time.
3. book itself had no flaws whatsoever
4. in my opinion you need this book to study for the final exam because you wo'nt always have access to the net plus have all the packet tracer labs on CD is an even better backup.

4.0 out of 5 stars need Packet Tracer April 5 2012
By W Boudville - Published on
Another reviewer remarked negatively about the so-called poor quality of the paper in the book. I simply do not see this with my copy. The pages are high quality and quite reflective, without being actually glossy. In the printing business, there are grades of paper quality, and while I'm not in that field, the pages are certainly not low grade.

As to the actual contents on those pages :) -

It looks like comprehensive coverage. Remember that this is a Cisco produced book, for a Cisco certificate and where the hardware used is Cisco. So by definition, you are getting an authoritative reference for exam preparation. Unlike a third party offering [I don't know if these actually exist for this Cisco exam/certificate]. So to play it safe, if you are serious about getting the qualification, this text may be the best choice.

The book has many examples of how to configure and otherwise manage routing. Instead of merely passively reading the text, you should manually try all the examples. Well, to save you time, these have been included in the accompanying CD. Related to this is the single most important point in the book. You need the Packet Tracer simulator. This does not come with the book, which advises you to ask your instructor, who has to be part of the Cisco Networking Academies. If you are trying to learn the material strictly on your own, then this will be harder to assimilate, short of you having access to another simulator or an actual network where you have administrative permissions.

Having said that, a subsidiary role is possible for the book. If you already run a network, which might have Cisco hardware, and you need a solid reference on routing protocols, try using this. It explains the common protocols at a level deep enough and suitable for a network administrator. And of course, while the protocols are meant to be implemented the same way, regardless of vendor, when it comes to the diagnostic output from Cisco hardware, the book is relevant to what you should see.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cisco must have Sept. 13 2014
By Robert C - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Out of date due to Ciscos upgrading of their program, but still, the best resource on routing protocols and concepts around.
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