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Cisco CCENT & CCNA Lab Cables Explained!

Today we are going to review some of the common cables you may find in your Cisco Certified Network Associate 200-125 (CCNA) or Cisco  Certified Entry Networking Technician 100-105 (CCENT) home lab so you can connect to your Cisco router or Cisco switch.  Straight-through, crossover, rollover, console, and many more terms can be pretty confusing

What is the Best CCENT & CCNA Lab Router?

We have written before on what is the best CCENT or CCNA lab router and you know what?  To a certain extent it changes over time as better models come down in price and give you a better bang for the buck!  So being that it has been about 8 months since we wrote a

What is an Access Server or Terminal Server in my CCENT / CCNA Lab?

There are a lot of different pieces that are involved in building a CCENT (Cisco Certified Networking Technician) 100-101 or a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) 200-120 home lab. You will have routers, switches, serial cards, Ethernet straight-through patch cables, Ethernet crossover cables, serial crossover cables, console cables, usb to serial adapters, rack stands, rack

Packet Tracer vs a Real CCENT or CCNA Lab

So virtualization has come a long way...right?  Sure it absolutely has.  But what about in helping you prepare for your Cisco CCENT or CCNA exam?  Well you have heard the saying that there is nothing like the real thing...right?  Well I have to agree with it for those of you who are preparing for your

How to build a Cisco CCNA Voice 640-461 Lab

Once students pass their Cisco CCNA R&S exam, generally the next question is what is the next Cisco certification that you will tackle?  Do I want to proceed to obtain my Cisco CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless or CCNP certification?  For each person the answer may be a little bit different.  Ultimately you should

What is the best Cisco CCNA Lab Switch?

We get asked quite often what is the best Cisco switch I can get for my CCNA lab.  That can be somewhat of a tricky question as there are a lot of variables that can come into play.  At the surface it seems like an easy, very straightforward question.  But as you dig into it,

DIY CCNA Lab Kit Video

Hi, welcome to the Certification Kits presentation on how to build your very own CCENT/ CCNA home lab. A common question we get is, how many routers to I really need in my lab? As you can see on the slide on the screen, one router will give you the ability to run the commands

What is the salary for a Cisco CCNA?

Are you in the IT field as an entry level help desk associate or a junior LAN administrator and you want to work your way up the corporate ladder to a better paying job?  You already have your CompTIA A+ or one of the lower level Microsoft certifications and you are wondering how do you

CCENT & CCNA Lab Cables – When to use patch vs crossover cables!

In today’s CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) 200-120 and CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) 100-101 blog posting; we are going to follow-up on our last CCNA blog post about cables in a CCNA home lab.  The prior post covered the different types of cables required to connect to your Cisco router or Cisco switch

What is the best CCENT 100-101 or CCNA 200-120 lab switch?

As students are preparing for their CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) 100-101 or their CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) 200-120 exams, a majority of the successful students opt to build their own CCENT/CCNA home lab.  I stress the word successful as there is a reason it is estimated that the Cisco CCNA exam has

CCENT & CCNA Subnetting Exam Question

Subnetting is definitely one of the things you need to know inside and out to pass your CCENT 100-101 or CCNA 200-120 exam.  You will see pretty straight forward subnetting questions and you will also see scenario based questions that you will need to employ your subnetting skills to determine where the problem resides. A

CCENT & CCNA Exam Routing Scenario Question

Something new that you will see on the CCENT 100-101 exam and the CCNA 200-120 exam is the topic of Troubleshooting.  I am very glad Cisco added troubleshooting to the CCNA exam series as it helps link the theory that you are learning along with how it actually works in the real world.  IT really

CCENT & CCNA Practice Exam VLAN Question Explained!

We hope you are enjoying our CertificationKits CCNA Blog series and it is giving you great insight into how to prepare for your Cisco CCENT or CCNA exam.  In this series we are covering a variety of real world scenario type questions that you could see on your exam.  These are not simple memorization questions

CCENT – CCNA Exam Practice Question – Detailed

As we have covered in our previous CCNA blog posts, Cisco has made both the Cisco CCENT 100-101 exam, the ICND2 200-101 exam and the CCNA 200-120 exam quite a bit more difficult than the predecessor versions of each exam.  What has happened is Cisco has gone into much more detail on the various CCNA

CCENT / CCNA STP Exam Sample Scenario Question

On the new version of the Cisco CCENT 100-101, Cisco ICND2 200-101 and CCNA 200-120 exams Cisco has made the questions much, much, harder than previous versions of the CCNA exam.  Today we are going to cover an example of a Spanning Tree Protocol scenario type question that you might see on your Cisco CCENT

Cisco CCENT / CCNA Exam VLAN Scenario Question 200-120

As Cisco revamped the Cisco CCNA 200-120 exam a few months ago, one of the things we have seen is Cisco has put an increased emphasis on the ability for the CCNA candidate to really troubleshoot a network.  As you compare the CCNA exam objectives from the old version of the CCNA exam to the