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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

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 200-120 (CCNA) or Cisco  Certified Entry Networking Technician 100-101 (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

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 Skill: A Cisco Router’s IOS Modes

A CCNA's Guide To Traversing a Cisco Router’s IOS Modes One the first day of self-study or boot camp training, some CCENT and CCNA students say they are a bit intimidated by the console session and how to navigate around it.  So we wanted to write a quick primer for those CCENT and CCNA exam

New Cisco CCNP Exam Update Announced!

As you may have heard, Cisco has recently announced that they will be retiring the current CCNP exam and it will be replaced with a new CCNP Routing & Switching exam.  The current exam consists of the ROUTE 642-902, SWITCH 642-813 and TSHOOT 642-813 exams.  You will be able to take these exams until January

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 100-101 & CCNA 200-120 Detailed Subnetting Exam Question!

In today’s CCENT/CCNA blog posting, we are going to look at a pretty complex subnetting question that is pretty typical of what you would see on the CCENT 100-101 exam or the composite CCNA 200-120 exam. What you will see here is a networking topology diagram that Cisco will provide to you on the exam

NSA Upgrade Process for Cisco Equipment With Pictures!

Are you curious how high tech the NSA (National Security Agency) factory was for installing their backdoor implants into Cisco and other company routers, switches, firewalls and the such?  Well from the looks of the recent photos released from the book No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald, not too much.  I am sure there

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