CompTIA Network+ Study Guide: Exam N10-004 Paperback – Apr 13 2009
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From the Back Cover
Networking authority Todd Lammle prepares you for CompTIA's Network+ certification
Bestselling author and top networking authority Todd Lammle covers the first major revision to the CompTIA Network+ exam since 2005 and thoroughly prepares you for certification in this exciting new edition. You'll get up to speed on essential topics such as network technologies, media and topologies, wireless networking, security, and much more—plus gain valuable insights from the author's decades of experience. Inside, you'll find:
Full coverage of all exam objectives in a systematic approach, so you can be confident you're getting the instruction you need for the exam
Practical written labs to reinforce critical skills
Real-world scenarios that put what you've learned in the context of actual job roles
Challenging review questions in each chapter to prepare you for exam day
Exam Essentials, a key feature in each chapter that identifies critical areas you must become proficient in before taking the exam
A handy tear card that maps every official exam objective to the corresponding chapter in the book, so you can track your exam prep objective by objective
Featured on the CD
SYBEX TEST ENGINE:
Test your knowledge with advanced testing software. Includes all chapter review questions and bonus exams.
Reinforce your understanding with flashcards that can run on your PC, Pocket PC, or Palm handheld.
Also on CD, you'll find the entire book in searchable and printable PDF. Study anywhere, any time, and approach the exam with confidence.
About the Author
Todd Lammle, CCNA, Network+, is the authority on networking. He has been involved in computers and networking with Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. Todd is President of GlobalNet Training, Inc., a networking integration and training firm based in Dallas. He is also the bestselling author of numerous Cisco books, including the popular CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, with over 200,000 copies in print. You can reach him through his website at www.lammle.com.
Top Customer Reviews
All the chapters of this book are up to date with latest networking technologies.
This book is well written and has great detail. Very easy to understand terminology with excellent examples.
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I found his lesson layout to be helpful, teaching you the various basics you need to know. Then building off of them to take you to the next level. There is some critical things you need to memorize and Todd tells you what you need to remember. You might not know why at the time, but you'll be glad you took the time to memorize the lists, by the next chapter or two.
I found for me, the best study technique was to sit with the book and a stack of index cards. I would make flash cards as I read each chapter. I did every exercise and worked every practice test. I would start each day retaking the previous chapter's test, to help me remember what I learned the day before. Then, I would read the next chapter, while making flash cards. Then I would do the labs and take the post chapter test. Anything I missed, I would go back and study that relevant section until I realized what I got wrong and why.
My only beef with the book is that some of the test questions got the answers wrong, they should have been better proofed. But then again, being able to tell what the correct answer was and knowing what's a wrong answer, is a testament to how good the training is.
After 3 weeks of study, I took the Net + exam. I finished the exam in less than 30 minutes, and did not even go back and review any questions. I passed the exam with 875 points out of a possible 900. I'd say that shows how good the training actually is.
I consider this edition to go beyond a mere study guide. This book can serve as a reference tool just as much and will likely stay on my bookshelf for a long time. This study guide is recommended for both those that are new to networking or those that have been in the networking/IT world and wish to finally pursue certification.
The book is well organized and provides clear explanations. Illustrations and additional tips/points are provided throughout the entire guide. If you study this book and use all of the provided material there is no doubt you will be on your way to certification. But again, keep this as a reference!
The CD included with the book is a great addition. Most technical books include some digital resources, but with this edition you get a PDF of the book. Take it with you on your mobile device, desktop or other PCs, or just keep a digital copy for quick reference at a later date. There are also some other handy digital resources including study aides and practice exams.
You can use it for the certification test, of course, but I would also recommend it for someone looking to learn "Networks 101". Unlike some products, it doesn't start off assuming you already have a good deal of knowledge on the subject.
The review quizzes in the book are good and the CD study guide was helpful. It includes exams and electronic flashcards, which you can put on your PC. It also includes the entire book as a PDF file so you can take it with you and study on your laptop, on the go, etc.
The author also pinpoints some specific information you will need for the tests. If you take your time and read this and study it, you should be prepared for the test (N10-004). I would look for more titles from this author based on this book.
How quickly you get through the book probably depends upon previous knowledge and experience, but if you're relatively new it will cover majority of the points. If you're dedicated to learning the content, I'd advise finding resources online when you encounter tough sections, being wary that not everything on the internet is true. I used a CCNA tutorial (free, of course) online to work through some subnetting before it 'clicked'.
I'd have liked more test-like questions included on the CD and you should be aware that there are still some errors in the book and more noticeably on the CD (questions and flash cards). Some errors still don't show up on the errata section for this book on Sybex's website (which you should visit). Like others have said though, the fact that I was able to determine that there were errors speaks to 1) the book's thoroughness and 2) my thoroughness in reading the book.
Except for the extra test questions that were useless, this book was my only resource in preparing for the exam. I passed at 92% and finished in a half hour. There were a few parts I didn't memorize enough, but the information is definitely in there and the test questions in the book were right on, I just wish there were more of them.
I'm in the process of selling my textbooks and I will probably be keeping this one. There is a ton of great information in here. The shortcut to subnetting is great and saves a ton of time on the test.
I'm sure Mr. Lammle must have access to the exams because it was like reading parts of the book in the exam, it's written well and goes from nothing to Networking. It's a tough subject and it will take effort and time to study and get through this. But this is the only book you need to pass and I like his style of presenting the information. When I go for my CCNA later on, I'm getting Mr. Lammle's book.
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