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Cisco CCNA Cerfication - Should You Take The One-Exam or Two-Exam Approach?
There are now two separate paths to the CCNA certification. Candidates may take a single exam, 640-811, or two exams, 640-821 and 640-811. What's the difference? The two-exam approach involves exams with different topics and therefore different preparation techniques. The approach I recommend to a CCNA candidate depends on their background. More ...

Cisco CCNA Certification - Becoming a Truly Valuable CCNA
The CCNA is an exciting beginning to your Cisco career, but just having the certification simply isn't enough. A recruiter or interviewer isn't going to be impressed just with the cert; you've got to have some real-world knowledge to back it up. More ...

Cisco Certification - Suggested Toplogies For Your Home CCNA/CCNP Lab
When you make the decision to put your own home lab together for your CCNA and CCNP studies (a very wise decision, if I may say so!), the hardest part is figuring out how to spend your budget. Do you spend it all on the routers and go with a cheaper switch? Do you buy a frame relay switch? Do you buy an access server? More ...

Cisco Certification - The OSI Model Isn't Just For Exams Anymore!
One reason is that Cisco demands you know the OSI model inside and out for both the Intro and ICND exams. You have to admit that's a pretty good reason, but still, students find the OSI model information to be very dry. I understand that, because I've been there. More ...

How to Configure a Cisco Router
Use a terminal emulation program to access the routers console. The router and it will show the boot up screen in the console window. You may use this set up mode to configure the router. More ...

Surviving The Technical Interview
Ah, the technical interview. Nothing like it. Not only does it cause anxiety, but it causes anxiety for several different reasons. Having been on both sides of the technical interview table, I'd like to share some tips for those being interviewed. In doing so, I'll share some of the more memorable interviews I've been involved in. More ...

Accessing a Cisco IOS Device
There are several ways to access the Cisco device's CLI (Command-Line Interface). The most common methods are the console management port, using Telnet or SHH, or the AUX port. More ...

Cisco Certification - Taking Your First Certification Exam
Walking into a testing center for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. You've got enough on your mind just keeping all that new information straight without worrying about what the testing experience will be like. Let's take a look at what you should expect when taking your first Cisco certification exam. More ...

Router Simulator for Cisco Lab Scenarios
"A simulator can provide realistic Cisco router problem challenge scenarios. There are many free Cisco router simulators on the Web.This article reviews them and narrows it down to four applications. More ...

Wireless Network Components - Basics of Any Wireless Network
Any client computer, laptop or wireless device with a compatible wireless client adapter allows connectivity with an access point. The client adapter is a radio transmitter with firmware that supports any of 802.11a/b/g signaling. That is needed before the device can associate and authenticate with the access point. More ...

Cisco Routers for the Desperate: Router and Switch Management, the Easy Way
This book is MUST have for when you need to make a quick change on a cisco router and don't have time to review. This book walks you through from logging in to making your router changes right from the beginning of the book. More ...

Cisco Certification - The Definitive Guide To ARP, IARP, RARP, and Proxy ARP
The basic ARP operation is simple enough. We concentrate on IP addressing a great deal in our studies and our jobs, but it's not enough to have a destination IP address in order to send data; the transmitting device must have a destination MAC address as well. More ...

Cisco IOS (Internetworking Operating System)
Cisco IOS is a proprietary operating system that runs on most Cisco Systems routers and switches. It is vital to comprehend the different prompts you can use when configuring a router or switch. More ...