CCNA Book - Sybex or Cisco Press?

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Which single book is the best? I don't want to read Cisco Press AND
Sybex.
 Lammle's writing style makes reading this stuff more entertaining
than Cisco Press, BUT does it cover everything you need to pass? It
seems each book gets it's share of bad reviews which makes purchasing
very confusing.

Thanks for any help!


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nich326@hotmail.com wrote:
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You should really, really consider having at LEAST two sources to study
from, and you just explained why yourself...

It is very helpful to have two (three is better) sources to study from
in case some concepts are not clear enough. Writing styles change from
author to author, and Wendell can explain some topics better what
Richard or Tod did not... and viceversa...

Just one book is not enough, IMHO. I would not try the CCNA having had
just one source of study, however that is just me, YMMW..

Also, few minutes in google searches can and will find enough material
to keep you busy for weeks, just add a printer+toner .. ;-)

Good luck !


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Look at the Albert Truter discussion starting on 3/10.

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Look at the Albert Truter discussion starting on 3/10.

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I saw the previous thread. I was looking for feedback on the single
best book. I guess there is no one book that has everything covered in
a clear, concise, error-free format.
I prefer Sybex only because it is a little more fun to read. It has a
human side to it rather than just being a dry textbook.
On Tue, 22 Mar 2005 16:18:26 -0500, "ted"

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unfortunatly I can't give you a balanced opinion, but i can say that I used
only the Sybex book and I passed with flying colours. So, if you're only
getting one, I guess I'd have to recommend sybex.

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for CCNA, the best book is surely the one from Sybex writen by Todd Lammle
!!! 100% sure
The guy knows where he is talking about, and that can NOT be said about the
cisco books for CCNA
The cisco for CCNA books contain (A LOT !!!!!) very stupid errors, they make
you get confused all the time, and they are not even clear at all.
Sometimes they go way to deep into some subject where it is not needed,
while on other more important points they even "forget" to mention basic
needs to correctly understand the subject.
The book is chaoticly organized with a complex structure (with translation
table) that corresponds to their online-course (networking-academy)
For example:
the chapter 1.2.3 may be 2.6.1 in the book, and 3.4.5 online :-/ this doesnt
make since
some chapters are trown in at friday just before 5 pm (u know what i mean
with that)
and other chapters in the networking-academy are not even found in the book.
to make it completely complex: they have a version numbering for their books
too :-) sounds logical until you found out that book 3.0 corresponds to 3.1
online (or was it reversed?)

The cisco CCNA writers have writen the book with an audiance of kids (stupid
dudes) in mind. Things get repeated and repeated and .... yes once more
repeated.
All things are repeated 3 times troughout the whole book. This makes the
book very hard to read and is compareble to "somebook for dummies" or
"something-complex in 24 hours". In the end you will NOT have learned a
solid foundation to pass the ccna exam !!
The book is very dry to read too.

On the other hand, Todd has aranged the book in chapters that are consistent
and solid. I have found only one or two typos (not serious errors)
Sometimes he puts an amusing line between the text without touching the
matter. It makes the book fun to read.
His audiance are professionals that want to learn something, and he knows
that. He is willing to give all he knows to make your understanding better.
(in the cisco book, they keep a lot of important things hidden, as if they
dont want you to know how it realy works)
Todd is a teacher like a good old grandpa is, he takes the time to learn you
something.
cisco ccna books are commercial garbage, made to have a book like you can
find thousends of those crap.

Todd has been thinking about the setup before he wrote the book.
For example: each chapter contains one (or more) basic setups (say 3
routers, 2 switches and some wiring)
He uses the same topology troughout the whole chapter so you can easely
memorize them and assign the text you are reading to the topology.


to make it short: go buy the book from Todd man




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 I compared the Cisco Press and Sybex side-by-side in the bookstore
and went with the Sybex. It reads better than CiscoPress. I also
picked up the Exam Cram to practice with.

Thanks for the replies.



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nich326@hotmail.com wrote:
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Good luck, and why don't you post how it went, and about the book, after
everything is over, and after you have read the book and grabbed your Cert.

GO get them.. ;-)  !!


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I will post after I'm done. I shouldn't have a problem since I went
right through the CCNA 4 years ago and was gearing up for the CCNP. I
let it expire so now I'm recertifying. I've heard that the CCNA has
gotten much harder so I'm trying to be cautious before I jump right in
and take the test.
Thanks for the encouraging words.

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nich326@hotmail.com wrote:
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Oh, man, I am in your same boat.
Just started to study to re-certify and am very interested in how it
goes with you.. What's your time frame, when do you plan to take the
test ?  (you can also email me privately.


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Thanks for all the info in this thread.... one more question here.
There seem to be 3 "books" from Sybex (all published  February 2005)

 CCNA Deluxe Edition
 CCNA Certification Kit
 CCNA Study Guide

Any thoughts on these?

Thanx
Syncme




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go w/ sybex for CCNA...
CiscoPress for all others, including ccda.

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