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Routing Protocols and Concepts: CCNA Exploration Companion Guide Hardcover – Jan 9 2012

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (Jan. 9 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587132729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587132728
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 3.4 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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About the Author

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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb4b21ef4) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
HASH(0xa29c596c) out of 5 stars Router basics Dec 9 2014
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Required for classes the price was right, Good for all CCNA, CCPA and graduate course prep studies.

Referenced Legacy protocols which are fundamental in learning new Cisco Technology.

Made learning easy.
HASH(0xa29c5c18) out of 5 stars Routing Protocols and Concepts May 13 2012
By Troy N.Stennett - Published on Amazon.com
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.

HASH(0xa29c5bdc) out of 5 stars need Packet Tracer April 5 2012
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb351e114) out of 5 stars Issue's resolved Aug. 19 2013
By TheDude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The price was right and I don't mind used. When the book got here it had been damaged in transit I think as the full contents fell out of the book. I contacted the seller and while I was not in a position to send the item back as my classes start in less than a week they were kind enough to refund half the cost of the book and all shipping charges. This was great customer service as the e-mail I sent about the matter was a little more curt than it needed to be but they were still plenty nice and helpful!
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HASH(0xa29c5f9c) out of 5 stars Helpful but misleading March 12 2013
By Superspeedz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I used this book in coordination with some Cisco Packet Tracer labs, specifically the ones on the CD that came with the book. Some of the smallest bits of instruction don't match on random activities, which caused a great deal of frustration. I threw the book away to prevent any future frustration.