What you need to know to get your NEW CCNA Certification!

To help you prepare for your Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 200-301 exam, we will cover the major areas you need to be up to speed on so you can pass your exam on your first try!  We have been helping candidates succeed and developing only the best training materials for, going on, 20+ years.  As the premiere Cisco Lab Kits provider, we have the experience and proven record to know what it takes!

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  • What exam(s) do I need to pass to become CCNA certified?
  • Why did Cisco change the CCENT and CCNA exams?
  • What topics are covered on the CCNA exam?
  • What type of questions are on the CCNA exams?
  • How to study for the CCNA exam?
  • Wait, What?  You can test from home now?
  • What CCNA lab kit should I get?
  • What to do on test day?
  • How long is my CCNA certification good for?
  • Is there a continuing education program to recertify?
  • What are some of the advanced CCNA Certifications?

What exam(s) do I need to pass to become CCNA certified?

As of February 24th, 2020, Cisco has updated their entire array of certifications including the CCNA certification exam to fall more in line with the most current technologies and practices. The all-new CCNA 200-301 certification exam now includes additional material on security, automation, wireless, and programmability.  To achieve your CCNA certification you now have one option; a single 200-301 CCNA exam. The cost for this exam is technically $300, but if you are a student registered at an official Cisco Networking Academy (NetaCad) , you may be eligible for a discounted voucher.   You will have 120 minutes to receive a passing score of approximately 825 out of 1000.  If you work your way through all of our time proven training materials, that will be a piece of cake! 

For 2020 the current CCNA exam has been re-made and is now the 200-301 exam. This was a pretty major change and a vastly more dramatic change than that made in 2017 to the 200-215.  We think that these are extremely positive revisions that are going to bring even more strength, demand and value to the already prominent classification of being Cisco Certified!  These new changes really bring the current tracks into the future, further prepare engineers for the field and make them even more desirable to an even broader range of employers.  CCNAs will be more desirable for and sought after by companies than ever before.   We will go over some of the changes later in this article.

Why did Cisco change the CCNA exam?

Even though Cisco does update their exam every three years, the 200-301 revision of the CCNA is the largest revision ever released by Cisco.  You could even call this a reboot of the CCNA exam instead of a revision.  Cisco officially explains these changes as, “revolutionizing the role of network professionals and software developers to drive technology innovation and accelerate business”.  As technology evolved and expanded, Cisco took notice of some gaps in knowledge from the 200-125 exam and in a complete overhaul, filled those in the 200-301.  The goal here was to continue to ensure that Cisco Certified Network Engineers remain at the top of the networking food chain and to reassure hiring managers that when they see a Cisco certification, that they are getting the best.  Cisco also wants CCNA Network engineers to be able to communicate and work together more efficiently with developers.  You can see that within some of the new topics covered (below) on the exam, such as the new Automation and Programmability section.  Where CCNA used to be made up of various tracts such as CCNA Wireless, CCNA Voice, CCNA Data Center, etc., they have all now been combined into one central CCNA.  

One CCNA to rule them all.  








History of the CCNA Certification.

What topics are covered on the CCNA exam?

Network Fundamentals – 20%

Network Access – 20%

IP Connectivity –  25%

IP Services –  10%

Security Fundamentals –  15% .

Automation and Programmability –  10%

What about CCENT – ICND1 and ICND2?  Where did all that go?

Previously, you could break the CCNA exam up into two parts.  Completing ICND1 would grant you your CCENT certification and upon completion of the ICND2, you would be CCNA certified.  With the latest revision, this is no longer an option.  There is only one single CCNA 200-301 exam.  We actually completely agree with this change by Cisco.  Even when CCENT was available, we still always recommended that anyone who was able, just went ahead and pushed through to get their full CCNA.  If you passed ICND1, you still had to take ICND2 and all the comlex topics were shuffled to that half of the exam to the point where you might as well have just taken the single test to begin with. Taking a single exam versus two exams also means that there will be less questions spread out in the allotted time and you only have to go through the test day cram session once.  It also means that you will be a full CCNA when you get that certificate that has PASSED written across it!      

So you will officially see that IPv6 is here to stay.   Cisco has added more IPv6 concepts and expects you to have a clearer understanding on how to subnet not only IPv4, but also IPv6. Also, if you are familiar with the CCNP Routing and Switching / Enterprirse track, you will know that this will be further expected and reinforced here. This is where it is critical that you have hands on and really understand what is happening on your Cisco routers and switches. You need very detailed labs that will explain to you how to configure the concepts and why they are working. Not only that, the labs need to show you how to understand the various outputs and which troubleshooting commands to run where. This is a topic where our new CCNA v7 200-301 Lab Workbook and Bootcamp Theory books excel!  We have also added a brand new IPv6 section to our dedicated How and Why We Subnet Workbook that will have you flying through the subnetting questions so you have more time to focus on the more complicated configuration questions.  We even go as far as to get into IPv6 Access Lists to really give you an extra edge.

Since Cisco rebooted the CCNA 200-301 exam, we also followed suit and completely rebooted our training materials.   We are well known for only offering the best training materials on the market and we worked every hard to keep it that way.  With our latest release of our famous CertificationKits CCNA Lab Workbook, we cover ALL of the new Cisco CCNA 200-301 curriculum, spanning across 450+ pages in length!  This comes to a total of 60+ labs.  On top of that, we went the extra mile!  We don’t want customers who use our training materials to just stop at what Cisco labels as “describe” (meaning they only require you know the theory behind it) for the exam.  We have bonus labs that go through topics fully so you don’t just understand the theory behind a technology, but can also fully understand it through implementing it and seeing it physically work!  The last component to our labs are real world skills that we feel are necessary for every network engineer.  Who wants to get their CCNA, go to their first job and then be asked to TFTP an IOS onto a router with no clue how to do it?  Well, great, the official curriculum says you just need to know what that is, but not know how to do it.  What an embarrassing situation that could put you in!  So, for example, we included an excellent lab that walks you through this so you are prepared to know what you are doing on the job, once you have your CCNA!  As an added benefit here, some of this material will even overlap into CCNP.  So, you’ll be primed and ready for an easy transition as you move your way up the certification ladder 

We have added tons of troubleshooting, EtherChannel, Licensing, IPv6, OSPFv3, Syslog, NetFlow, Wireless, JSON, Security Topics and many more labs covering over 450 pages. The best part of our Lab Workbook and all of our training materials is that they are written in partnership with real, experienced instructors in a user-friendly, easy to understand format!  By bringing the experience of what works in the classroom to our training materials, we have created a solution that really works and anyone can understand with ease.  Once you work through all of our CCNA offerings, you won’t just be some “Paper CCNA”, you’ll have confidence in the fact that you know what you are doing!

You can find all of our new CCNA Training Materials (included with all of our kits) as a bundled package with our always popular Study Value Pack!

For our international customers who don’t want to incur any high shipping costs, we also have a Digital Essentials Bundle!

You can also see all of our training and media options available here.  We are always adding something new, so check back often!


What type of questions are on the CCNA exam?

There are five types of questions you may see are as follows:

  1. Single answer multiple choice
    -These are multiple choice questions where there is only one correct answer. A question will be posed, and a radio button will allow the user to select the proper answer to the question.
  2. Multiple answer multiple choice
    -These are multiple choice questions where there are multiple correct answers. A question will be posed, and checkboxes will allow the user to select the proper answer to the question.
  3. Drag and Drop (DND)
    -A green list of options will be provided on the left side of the screen, prompting the user to drag each of these to the correct yellow category box on the right side. The items can be removed from the chosen category and rearranged before submitting a final answer using the Submit button.
  4. Router Simulation  AKA Configuration Question
    -Individual real-world scenarios are given, and the user is prompted to negotiate the proper network arrangement or perform the functions necessary using a simulated console session.  These are typically three router and three switch topologies where you are asked to perform a specific configuration and “make things work”.  These are the pinnacle of what makes a Cisco Certified individual shine because you have to know what you are doing to pass these.  You won’t see these on a CompTia exam, which is one of the big reasons why Cisco Certs are worth so much more.  The only way to prepare for these is to do your labs and know your stuff!  Our 450+ Page Lab Workbook will have you more than ready for these!   With this type of question, you must remember to do a copy running-config startup-config to save your configuration or you will simply get the question wrong even if you configured it all correctly.  Out of all the questions on the exam, the strategy is to reserve your time as much as possible to spend on these more complex scenarios.  This is why we have dedicated books for Subnettng and Theory, so you can fly through those questions and spend your time where it counts!  Remember, the number one reason candidates fail the CCNA exam is because they run out of time.  CertificationKits is here to get you up to lightning speed.
  5. Testlet
    -The user is provided with a real-world scenario, and 3 or more questions are posed with regard to the scenario given. With this sort of question, you need to make sure you click all the question numbers on the right and select and answer for each before going to the next question; as you can’t go back.

How to study for the CCNA exam?

We have been helping students prepare for their CCNA exam since 2000 and we have picked up a thing or two on how to successfully prepare a student for their CCNA exam! At a high level you need the following things available to you successfully self-study and pass your exam.

  1. A full blown CCNA Study Guide When you purchase a lab kit from us you will get a lab workbook to help guide you through your labs. But the lab workbook does assume that you have some basic knowledge about Cisco routers and switches. We want to be very clear, just having routers, switches and a lab workbook is not enough to pass your Cisco exam. Most CCNA study guides are about 800 pages so there are lots of concepts and nuisances that are covered and we highly recommend you purchase a CCNA study guide to assist you in your self study efforts.  We like to say that CCNA is 10 about football fields long and an inch deep.  This means that there are a lot of topics covered, even if you are just skimming the surface on some of them.   Many people ask us what study guide we recommend. I will give you a few suggestions. For a low cost solution, you can go with the basic Sybex CCNA study guide, which doesn’t seem to have been updated yet for the 200-301 as we write this article. It is always written in layman’s terms for very green students and it is the cheapest solution. However we have found that it does not go as in-depth to some topics as we might like. The next suggestion is the Cisco Press CCNA study guide. This is a more expensive solution and is written in technical terms and probably does not explain some of the concepts as clearly as the Sybex Guide.  It is very robotic and guaranteed to put you to sleep, although packed full of information.  The Cisco Press Study Guide is also only available in two volumes now, so you have to buy two expensive books.   So, if you are already familiar with Cisco routers and TCP/IP, this may be a better solution for you. Now for a free solution, you may want to check out our www.FreeCCNAStudyGuide.com as it is the best price of all; free! We also include in all of our CCNA kits our free CCNA Boot Camp eBooks. They are more along the lines of an exam cram type of book. You can click the link to download a PDF sample of our Advanced IOS Management chapter.
  2. Not absolutely required, but a nice to have is a CBT Video of the CCNA class. This acts as a nice compliment to a study guide, but should not be used as a replacement of a CCNA Study Guide as you can’t yellow highlight the important concepts on your computer screen!  We typically find that videos are good as last minute cram sessions, but don’t get you to fully absorb the material.  Some of our techs like to watch videos in fast forward a few days before the exam to just blast back through content.
  3. A CCNA Lab Kit with the right combination of routers and switches to exercise the concepts on the exam. You can’t just throw together any routers and switches together and think it will work. You want to balance the features between the devices to get the most value out of your lab. You can read our CCNA Lab Suggestions, contact us via our Contact Us link, email us at Sales@CertificationKits, call us at 866-950-2478 or even find us on our live chat to help you build the best home lab for your objectives.  All of our support staff is Cisco Certified and has the knowledge to guide you every step of the way.  We never work on commission and only provide honest answers to guide you into the best solution to fit your budget!  We never want confusion to be an obstacle to success! 
  4. Now as you are absorbing the concepts you are reading and about to put them to use in a lab, a top of the line Lab Workbook like our 450 page lab workbook we include in all of our kits so you can practice the concepts on your CCNA home lab. This will help to really cement the concepts into your head. What good is having a CCNA lab if you don’t have any labs to follow? And let us be clear. A configuration example is not the same as a step by step lab with commentary and questions. It covers everything from creating static routes, dynamic routes, NAT, Frame-Relay and IPv6. Probably things a new CCNA student cannot do off the top of their head. Here is a sample topology from our 450+ page CCNA Lab Workbook that will walk you through over 60 labs.  You can see them all listed at the bottom of this page.  

Please feel free to check out a demo selection from our new Bootcamp & Theory ebook and/or the Static Routing Sample Lab from our Lab eWorkbook:

1.  Download and install the LockLizard viewer for your IOS and device type from this link:  LockLizard Viewer

2.  Download and install the License file for the eBook:  License File(If you don’t see it open, the window for the license file may pop-up behind your active windows)

3,  Download and open the .Pdc eBook file: Theory eBook File / CCNA Lab Workbook Sample Lab

The download and install is very straightforward and simple, but if you get stuck, please click here for a help guide on opening your eBook demo or official purchase.  Upon purchase a unique license file and a .pdc file will be emailed to you,


  1. A CCNA Practice Exam is another invaluable piece of your CCNA study arsenal. A good exam will help you identify what areas you need to brush up on before paying $295 for your CCNA exam. Our CCNA practice exam question and answer bank will help prepare you for the types of questions you will see on the exam so you don’t do it having no idea what to expect. The biggest thing I want to emphasize here is you do NOT want to memorize the questions! You need to be able to understand why the answer is correct or incorrect. Memorizing questions and answers is not learning … it is just memorization! What would happen if you see a similar question on the test that is slightly reworded or the subnets are completely different? You need to understand how to read the question and pick out the right solution. Using a CCNA exam simulator properly will help you develop this test-taking skill. Take a look at how our questions are complex scenario questions like you will see on the exam and not simple memorization questions. When you purchase our CCNA practice exam as a solo product it comes with our Pass Guarantee*! Compare this to the exam simulators offered by Transcender for $139 or Measure-Up for $99 per exam!

Sample Question:

So how do we tie those items together? It’s really easy. We suggest you do the following:

  1. Read the first 3 or 4 foundational theory chapters of your CCNA Study Guide.  If you have a CCNA Training DVD, this may still have relevant content that you can cross-reference, so you can certainly double up with that!
  2. After completing the theory reading/DVD watching, you can get into the hands on configuration chapters that line up with those chapters. Once you are in these chapters, you can jump around in the lab workbook to match the lab up with the concept you are reading about.
  3. Upon completion of your study guide and lab workbook exercises, you can now take a first stab at the included practice exam question and answer bank. Once you complete the practice exam, print out all the questions and answers. Review the ones you answered incorrectly and go back and review those topics in both your study guide and redo the labs. Really cement those concepts in your brain. Then retake the next practice exam repeating until you are scoring an 85% or better without memorization! Just continue refreshing the material and in no time you will be holding your passing exam score for your CCNA certification!  Our questions are so close to what you can expect to see on the exam, that you will be fully prepared without any surprises!


Wait, What? You can test from home now?

For the first time ever, Cisco has finally moved to the option to test from home via online proctoring through PearsonVue.  CompTia and many other certifications have allowed for this and Cisco now has this option.  We absolutely love this!  Live and in-person proctoring is still available, but nothing helps take the edge off test anxiety like being able to test from the comfort of your own home.

What CCNA Lab Kit do I buy?

There is nothing better to prepare you for your CCNA exam than working on the real thing! But at the same time, haphazardly throwing together routers and switches does not necessarily make a good lab. You want a balance of routers and switches in your lab that will be able to support different features that are covered on the exam. If you have all routers that are 10mb, then you can do some of the inter-vlan routing and trunking labs. If you have all routers that have a single Ethernet port you can’t do any of the NAT/PAT labs and by today’s standards these make life very difficult. So those were just a few quick examples of why it is important to get the right mix of equipment. Additionally, you want to have a Lab Workbook that is a real, LEGITIMATE,  lab workbook to come with your kit.  There are many cheap, unreliable options out there that will not only not train you, but also waste a ton of your time learning obsolete topics that you won’t see on the exam or in the real world.  

You may be asking what is the big deal as a lab workbook is a lab workbook. Absolutely not! Our lab workbook walks you through everything, step by step, with what commands to enter, the theory of why you are entering them and then we do verification to show you they work.  Then we even take things a step further and guide you on how to troubleshoot with those commands. Other “lab workbooks” are simply the commands to enter with no additional information and often don’t even cover the correct content inline with Cisco curriculum. To get a lot more information about how to build the right CCNA lab, review our Lab Suggestions Page!  You can also reach out and our certified, experienced staff is here to guide you 110%.

CertificationKits CCNA G2 Titanium Kit

What to do on test day?

Many of these suggestions are common sense, but well worth repeating as sometimes they are forgotten.

  • I like to schedule my exam for roughly 11 am. This gives me some time in case I oversleep, car breaks down, and so I do not feel rushed.  A nice steaming cup of coffee and a little calm relaxation is always a plus.  
  • Make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before your exam. You don’t want to be battling a hangover from a lack of rest in addition to Cisco’s trick questions.
  • Make sure you know how to get to the test center or the process for entering the online proctor session. Many times I hear students say they missed their test time because they could not find the test center or they forgot their login credentials. This should never happen.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to the test center or be all setup in advance for your online session. Try to arrive an hour early. This will allow you time to compose yourself for the exam and review any last minute topics you want to brush up on. This also gives you a buffer in case of traffic issues, your car breaks down, you get lost, etc.
  • Make sure that if you are testing remote that you are directly connected to a power source.  For example, if you are using a laptop, don’t just trust that your battery will last.  We also usually recommend having a direct ethernet connection to avoid hangups or interruptions.    
  • Relax. Review your CRAM sheet and notes while you wait for exam time.
  • You know your stuff. Read the questions carefully and answer to the best of your ability. Never leave a question blank as then it is automatically wrong.  
  • First thing you can do when you sit down and BEFORE you start your exam is write on your notes sheet the test center gave you any commands or notes you are having trouble with. This way you don’t lose any of the time allocated for the actual exam writing this down. Also if you do this right away, you will not forget those commands you are having trouble with.
  • At the same time, our favorite thing to do is to jot down a subnetting chart for the number of hosts, subnets, etc. This way you can easily refer back to it during the exam.  A quick reference chart here will save you a ton of time!
  • Try to use the process of elimination when you have no clue what the correct answer is for the question. Usually you can eliminate 50% of the answers and then you have a 50-50 shot of getting it right.  Remember that Cisco is always looking for the “best” answer.
  • Use the option to mark a question (if available on your exam) to go back to it later if you are unsure of the answer. I then mark it on my scrap paper with a quick note of NS or NC with the question number as you will see below.
  • On my scrap piece of paper, I create three columns and I label them as such; OK which means I know the answer 100%, NS(Not Sure), and NC(No Clue). Then as I take the exam, I put a mark in each column so I can kind of track how I am doing. It helps me understand how much time to spend on a question. So if I see I have 90% of them in the OK column, I don’t stress as much if I have a few in the NS or NC column. But if I have a lot in the NS or NC column, I know I need to go back and review them to try to pick up any clues I can.


How long is my CCNA certification good for?

Your Cisco certification is good for 3 years from the date you obtain it. Coincidentally that is also roughly the same amount of time between exam major content refreshes. So every three years, you must update your Cisco certification according to the policies of Cisco at that time. Generally you can recertify by passing the ICND1 for CCENT, ICND2 for CCNA or any advanced Cisco exam and it will extend your Cisco CCENT/CCNA certification status another 3 years. This is one of the reasons why a Cisco certification is more valuable than many other IT certifications. By requiring you to recertify every three years, it ensures you are kept up to date with the quickly changing technologies in the IT field. CCIE used to have to recertify every two years with a one year grace period, but with the new changes, they are also now officially 3 years with no grace period.

Is there a continuing education program to recertify?

Another brand new addition that Cisco has brought with the latest exams is the ability to recertify with continuing education credits!  This is a huge development for Cisco certified individuals that offers flexibility and new ways to stay certified without having to take the exam every three years.  For associate-level certifications (CCNA) and specialist level certifications you will need 30 continuing education credits every three years.  For profession level certifications you will need 80 continuing education credits every three years.  In addition to completing continuing education credit, you also have the option to pass higher level exams to recertify the exam below that on the ladder.  Awesome!    

Advanced CCNA Certifications

Once you achieve your CCNA Routing & Switching certification, you have many options open to you in the Cisco world. While the prerequisites have changed as of 2020, we still highly recommend that you complete your CCNA before moving on to higher-level certifications.  With the core building blocks of the CCNA in place, you will have a much easier time grasping concepts as they get more complex.

CCNA Voice used to be able to be obtained by completing the 640-461 exam. This exam validated associate-level knowledge and skills required to administer a voice network. Focusing on the required skill set for specialized job roles in voice technologies such as voice technologies administrator, voice engineer, and voice manager. It validated skills in VoIP technologies such as IP PBX, IP telephony, handset, call control, and voicemail solutions. You should be proficient in your skills with Cisco CallManager Express(CME) and Cisco Unity Express(CUE).  This was succeeded with CCNA Collaboration which expanded the voice curriculum and was made up of two exams.  The problem here is that the voice requirement got so complex that even finding qualified individuals to reach this at the college level was near impossible for many schools.  With this also came hardware requirements that were so expensive that they were generally placed out of reach for anyone without a corporate backing.  Virtualization is also a major fail in the voice department and on an even higher level that routing and switching, simply does not work.  Voice talent is in very high demand and our recommendation is to still look back to the CCNA Voice content out there and develop those core voice skills.  This makes an easy transition for many CCNA labs that you may have already invested in.  This keeps things very affordable, while also giving you exceptional knowledge backed by a wide range of highly desirably skills.

CCNA Security certification which used to be obtained by completing the 210-260 exam. This exam validated knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks. With a CCNA Security certification, a administrator demonstrates the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats. The CCNA Security exam put emphasizes on core security technologies, the installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices, and competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security structure.  What is interesting is that Cisco still officially teaches this course through NetaCad in their Cisco Networking Academies and grants what is now a badge in place of a designated certification.  CCNA Security now falls inline and satisfies the requirement for being an approved baseline certification for DoD 8570 certification.  CCNA Security is still extremely important and what we highly recommend before attempting to move into CCNP Security.  A good CCNA Lab just needs to simply add and ASA and serial ports (if you don’t already have tem) and you are ready to go!  This makes it a very affordable expansion to your CCNA training while adding some of the most important skills you can get to your resume!  Security training, skills and knowledge will always be some of the best investments you can make.

Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate  is obtained by completing the 200-201 CBROPS exam. This is the replacement for CCNA Cyber OPS as of 2020. This curriculum prepares candidates to begin a career working with associate-level cybersecurity analysts within security operations centers (SOC’s).  This is a more theory based certification and we recommend completing the CCNA curriculum before moving on to this.

CCNA Wireless certification was obtained by completing the 200-355 exam. This exam validated associate-level knowledge and skills to configure, implement and support of wireless LANs, specifically those networks using Cisco equipment.  With the new CCNA 200-301, Cisco retired CCNA Wirless and  has collapsed many of these topics into the CCNA routing and switching exam. 

Data Center certification was obtained by passing the 200-150 and 200-155 Data Center Networking and Data Center Technologies exams respectively. The key areas covered were data center network design, implementation and maintenance.  Similar to CCNA Wireless, CIsco has retired this exam and collapsed its core elements into the new CCNA 200-301 exam.

CCNP Enterprise As a special note, we want to mention that Cisco did something interesting here.  You no longer have to have your CCNA as a prerequisite for CCNP.  If you are starting from the ground up, we cannot press enough that you absolutely should get your CCNA first.  However, if you are an experienced engineer or are super confident that you know your stuff, you can skip right to CCNP now.  The most direct path that matches up to the previous Route, Switch, TShoot track is the new CCNP Enterprise (routing and switching) exam.  This is made up of two exams now, instead of the previous three exams.  You start with your core exam, 350-401 ENCOR, Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR).  Then you would select a concentration exam.  In this case you would take, 300-410 ENARSI, Implementing Cisco Enterprise Advanced Routing and Services (ENARSI).  Another really cool note here is that CCNP now shares the same three router and three switch topology as CCNA!  So, if you spend a little more on getting a more advanced lab for CCNA, you will have a super affordable, easy transition on your wallet to move your way up!

Well, that was a long and detailed article and you’ve made it to the end!  We know all of this can be confusing and we want you to remember that we are always here to help!  We never want confusion to be an obstacle to learning or deciding on which lab to go with.  Always feel free to reach out to our friendly,  highly qualified and certified staff.  We are more than happy to take all the time with you that you need to make an informed and educated investment into your training and future!

For your reference, here is the list of all of our included CCNA Labs from our CCNA 200-301 Lab Workbook!

Bonus Content Labs / Real World Preparation Labs / CCNP Primer Labs Highlighted In Blue

Chapter 1        Introduction to Cisco Routers

  • Lab 1-1              Identifying Router Components and Accessories
  • Lab 1-2              Router Connectivity
  • Lab 1-3              Identify Router and Switch IOS

Chapter 2        General Router Configuration Tasks

  • Lab 2-1             Cisco Router Passwords & Password Recovery
  • Lab 2-2              Configure Login, EXEC, and MOTD Banners
  • Lab 2-3              Configuring the Password Encryption Service
  • Lab 2-4              Exec Timeout and Login Failure Rate
  • Lab 2-5              Installing a TFTP Server & Overview
  • Lab 2-6              Upgrading the IOS on a Router
  • Lab 2-7              Cisco Licensing

Chapter 3        Configuring a Terminal Server

  • Lab 3-1              Terminal Server Setup  

Chapter 4        Configuring Static Routes

  • Lab 4-1              Static Routing
  • Lab 4-2              Default Routing

Chapter 5        Configuring Routers using RIP/RIPV2 Protocol

  • Lab 5-1              RIPV2 Routing

Chapter 6        Configuring Routers using the OSPF Protocol  

  • Lab 6-1              OSPF Routing
  • Lab 6-2              Multi-Area OSPF Routing

Chapter 7        Configuring Catalyst Switches

  • Lab 7-1              Cisco Switch Password Recovery
  • Lab 7-2              Switching and VLAN Introduction
  • Lab 7-3              Trunking
  • Lab 7-4              VTP
  • Lab 7-5              Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Lab 7-6              Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Lab 7-7              Per VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Lab 7-8              Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Lab 7-9              Configuring an EtherChannel Link
  • Lab 7-10           Configuring EtherChannel Using PAgP
  • Lab 7-11           Configuring EtherChannel Using LACP
  • Lab 7-12           Configuring a PortChannel Interface
  • Lab 7-13           Configuring Switch Port Security
  • Lab 7-14           Configuring Local Span
  • Lab 7-15           Switch IOS Recovery with Xmodem

Chapter 8        Configuring Access Lists, VTY Access and AAA Authentication

  • Lab 8-1              Standard ACL
  • Lab 8-2              Extended ACL
  • Lab 8-3              Named ACL
  • Lab 8-4              IPV6 Access-list
  • Lab 8-5              Trusted Hosts
  • Lab 8-6              Controlling VTY Access
  • Lab 8-7              AAA Authentication

Chapter 9        Configuring Network Services  

  • Lab 9-1              Cisco Discovery Protocol
  • Lab 9-2              Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
  • Lab 9-3              DHCP, DHCP Relay & DHCP Exclusions
  • Lab 9-4              DNS
  • Lab 9-5              Configuring NTP
  • Lab 9-6              Configuring Logging to a Remote Syslog Server
  • Lab 9-7              NetFlow  
  • Lab 9-8              Routing Redundancy with HSRP and VRRP
  • Lab 9-9              Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

Chapter 10  Configuring Network Address Translation

  • Lab 10-1           Static Inside Source Address Translation
  • Lab 10-2           Dynamic NAT
  • Lab 10-3           NAT Overload: Overloading an Inside Global Address

Chapter 11      Configuring IPV6 Addressing

  • Lab 11-1           IPv6 Link Local Addressing
  • Lab 11-2           IPv6 EUI-64 Addressing
  • Lab 11-3           IPv6 Site Local Addressing
  • Lab 11-4           IPv6 Global Addressing

Chapter 12      Configuring IPSec

  • Lab 12-1           Configuring an IPSec Tunnel 
  • Lab 12-2           GRE over IPSec Virtual Tunnel 

Chapter 13      Wireless

  • Lab 13-1           Configuring a Home Wireless Router
  • Lab 13-2           WAP – Resetting to Default Settings 
  • Lab 13-3           WAP – Converting between Autonomous and Lightweight Modes
  • Lab 13-4           WAP – Basic Configuration   
  • Lab 13-5           WAP – IOS Upgrade 
  • Lab 13-6           Overview of WLC

Appendix A  Router Interface Summary