How to Network Tip of the Week #51 – 28th August 2008
Welcome to the fifty first www.howtonetwork.net tip of
Welcome New Members
A big welcome to the 60 new members who joined this week.
We all look forward to seeing you on the discussion forum
and congratulaing you when you pass your exams.
Well done to Robert Szymanek who passed his CCENT this
week. Robert put a lot of hard work in and used the live
rack for many hours and deserved to pass.
CCNA Simplified – Out This Week
My CCNA study guide ‘CCNA Simplified’ will be released this
week. I will be adding it to the website this week. I am
in the process of sorting out a distribution site in the
UK and USA. There will be a discounted price for members
The book is basically the theory, labs and easy way to
subnet guide but in soft back form so you can carry it
around with you. It will come with lots of downloadable
software (worth over $400).
Please keep an eye on the home page for the book details
appearing in the next couple of days.
Big Favour Please
Thanks to all of you who visited the below site and filled
in the feedback. No doubt you are now enjoying your exam
or cram cards.
If you haven’t done so yet there is still time to complete
As a thank you, when you have done that, drop me an
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject
‘Review Done’ and in the body tell me if you want a
never before seen practice exam or free CCNA study card
I will send out your tools within a few days.
Please can you do it now so you don’t forget. Thanks.
Cisco CCNA and CCENT Cram Cards Added
More cram decks are now on the below page. I have added
IP addressing, WAN, Wireless, Switching and now Routing
decks which will give you plenty to be getting on with. I
will add a couple more next week.
Live Cisco Rack
As you know, members have access to 3 live racks of Cisco
equipment. The thing is, I can see lots of you with
accounts set up who have never used a single hour! If you
want to pass your CCNA or CCENT you will need at least 15
hours time on Cisco kit so what are you waiting for?
Pass Your CCNA in 60 Days
I have almost finished the 60 days to CCNA plan. I am
looking for 10 very keen individuals who really want to
pass their CCNA and are willing to pilot the 60 days plan.
You must be willing to work hard, give feedback and be
able to dedicate 2 hours per day to passing. I am not
interested in hearing from people who blame work, family
or other things for not having time to study. We all have
challenges to overcome (I am writing this at 05:30) so if
you are willing to take responsibility for your learning
then please drop me an e-mail telling me why you should be
one of the 10 to be on the test team.
You don’t have to be a member of the site but you must
have access to CCNA study material and Cisco routers and
switches to practise on because the 60 day plan features
lots of hands on practise.
I plan to start the pilot next week once I have finished
If you follow my study plan and advice, you will pass your
CCNA 60 days after having started it (so it isn’t just a
Cisco Exam Syllabuses
We have added clickable Cisco syllabuses to the site. This
means you can follow your study time in line with how
Cisco are going to structure your exam questions.
I have noticed that there are a couple of areas which
they appear to have left vague and there are a few other
areas which we don’t have labs for (such as RSTP+). I
really don’t think you would ever be asked to configure
some of the stuff they are asking for in the exam but we
will endeavour to add more content nonetheless.
CCNA Weekend Bootcamps – UK
If you fancy a weekend of routing and switching fun then
please feel to join us on one of our famous CCNA weekend
boot camps with a 97% exam success rate.
Dates are available in Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Birmingham
Dublin and North London. Other venues to follow.
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