10 Best Cisco Certification Books
Dec 10, 2019
Cisco Certification Books
If you’re working toward your CCNA certification, you’ll probably want to review some CCNA books that can help you learn the material before your exam.
If you are looking for a book that will be able to teach you the who, what, where, when, and how of network administration, go through this list of Cisco certification books for the networking professional.
We’ve put together a list of the 10 best CCNA exam preparation books to help you become increasingly proficient in the knowledge areas that will appear on the CCNA exam.
1.CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-105 Official Cert Guide 1st Edition
Author: Wendell Odom
Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (May 27, 2016)
The Good: Content: If you have just finished Cisco’s Networking Academy and are preparing for the test, you need this book! As many of you NetAcad students already know, the NetAcad material can be long winded and dry. The Official Cert Guide is SO refreshing after NetAcad. The content of this book is clear and concise. A topic that would take 100 pages to explain in Net Acad is explained in 20-30 pages in the Official Cert Guide. I sometimes wonder how Wendell Odom does it. How does he compress all that content into just 20-30 pages?!
Simlite: The free version of the simulator that comes with this book is great as well. It focuses mostly on part 2 of the book. One thing that I enjoyed about it is that it supports the show interfaces status command (a command that is not supported in Packet Tracer). At the time of this review, the full simulator is not out (I would buy it if it was). When it does come out, I’d definitely recommend buying it if you want structured labs that go along with the book. The other (more expensive) alternative to buying the simulator is buying real lab equipment. If you plan on just taking the CCNA, then I recommend 3 x 1841 routers (about $65 each) and 2 x 2960 switches (about $75 each). If you plan on also studying the CCNP then 3 x 2811 routers (about $85 each), 2 x 3560’s (about $90 each) and 2 x 2960’s will work.
2.101 Labs for the Cisco CCNA Exam 2nd Edition
Author: Paul W Browning (Author), Farai Tafa (Author)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (July 7, 2017)
This book has now been rebranded and is available at - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1730887228Just knowing the theory is no longer enough to pass your Cisco CCENT or CCNA exams.During a grueling 90 minute exam you are now hit with several ‘live’; network issues to either configure or troubleshoot. It is estimated that over 80% of exam failures are due to missing vital marks on the practical element which counts heavily towards your final score. Don’t let that happen to you.101 Labs for the Cisco CCNA Exam will help you quickly and easily gain the hands on skill and speed to get you through the CCNA and CCENT exams and in fact, well past CCNA level.These labs have been compiled by two of the most experienced Cisco engineers in the IT industry. Let them share with you their insider tips and secrets to effective Cisco router and switch configuration. This best selling guide has been revised and updated to prepare you for the new Cisco exams:- 200-125 CCNA - Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX)- 100-105 ICND - Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1)- 200-105 ICND2 - Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2)All syllabus topics are covered including:- - Configure and troubleshoot VLANs and Trunking- Configure eBGP- RIP, EIGRP, EIGRP for IPv6, OSPF and OSPFv3- Router and switch security- SNMP- HSRP- GRE- and many moreYou cover configuration and troubleshooting as well as important ‘need to know’ commands for the exam and the real world of working as a Cisco network engineer. We’ve added 20 challenge labs to test your skills to the limit as well as several bonus labs.All solutions are provided so you can check your configurations against ours. As your confidence quickly grows you will find your speed and understanding vastly improves making your more than prepared come exam day.There is no other book like this on the market. Let Paul and Farai help take your Cisco configuration and troubleshooting skills to the next level.
3.CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 Official Cert Guide Library 1st Edition
Author: Wendell Odom
Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (August 5, 2016)
As always, Wendell Odom’s CCNA book set is the one to turn to for any CCNA exam. I run a training company that teaches 15 - 20 people in CCNA courses a month and these are the books that we always hand out with the course. The information is concise and to the point. Everything that you need to know for your CCNA exam is contained in these books. Don’t forget to practice with hands on labs as well.
4.Professor Messer’s Cisco CCENT/CCNA 100-105 ICND1 Course Notes Paperback – April 5, 2017
Author: James Messer
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 5, 2017)
32-pages of cummulative information – like a cheat sheet. Helps organize a huge amount of information. Well worth the price when you are preparing to take the Certification tests for CCENT and CCNA. Covers all the fundamentals as of 2018.
5.CCNA Routing and Switching Complete Study Guide: Exam 100-105, Exam 200-105, Exam 200-125
Author: Todd Lammle
Publisher: Sybex; 2 edition (September 26, 2016)
Todd’s book goes into all the CCNA objectives for ICND1 and ICND2 for 100-105/200-105 exams. I would highly recommend this as a foundation to get the objectives down but keep would recommend secondary sources sources such as YouTube, Lynda.com, free 7 day trial for CBTNuggets (Lazaro Diaz -amazing teacher), and UCertify to branch more into the objectives required to pass the 200-125 exam. Keep in mind that some objectives are not well detailed so again I would suggest using secondary sources for objectives.
His chapters are very well organized. He starts off with the purpose of the concepts as well as going into in hands on CLI demonstrations. At the end of each chapter he will have a summary of what you learned, what you need to know to pass the exam, ten written questions, multiple labs (which can be used with included sim that comes with the book), and 20 review questions. His teaching is easy to understand for those new to networking. Keep in mind he will not go into what is a fiber cable, coax cable, how to crimp network cables, how to use a toner tester or optical refraction test and what is a networking/telecom closet. I would highly recommend studying and passing the Network+ exam first for those who have zero networking enterprise experience beyond setting up a basic home wireless network. This book is strictly for understanding switch and router technology and how to program and troubleshoot them, along with understanding concepts in LANs and WANs. The book will assume you already at the level of Network+. Dont worry about subnetting. His subnetting chapter breaks it down as well. After reading the chapter I am now a subnetting wiz. He even goes into guiding you with mental subnetting examples. For those who have a Lynda account he is also is on Lynda.com only for the ICND1.
6.CCNA: A Comprehensive Beginners Guide To Learn About The CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) Routing And Switching Certification From A-Z
Author: Walker Schmidt
Publisher: Independently published (April 27, 2019)
Are you looking for ways in which you can further your knowledge and skills related to your technical job profile? Are you uncertain about the courses that you can choose? Do you want to learn about Cisco certifications but aren’t sure where to begin? Are you curious about the CCNA Routing and Switching Certification, but are not sure what it entails? Well, if your answer is yes to these questions, then this is the perfect book for you.The CCNA Routing and Switching Certification is one of the most sought after professional certifications available these days. In fact, a lot of employers seem to prefer candidates who are CCNA certified. This certification helps further your knowledge and skill sets as a network engineer, increases the career opportunities available to you, prepares you to successfully handle and keep up with all the innovations taking place in the world of networking, ensures that you are updated about all the latest trends and technology and also helps you learn from your peers.In this book, you will learn about•What Cisco is•The different products and services that Cisco offers•Basics of the CCNA examination•Different types of CCNA exams•The benefits of obtaining a CCNA Certification•The CCNA Routing and Switching Certification •Preparation for the CCNA R&S Certification and much more.There are different levels of certification that you can enroll yourself in, ranging from an entry-level certification to an expert level. You can slowly make your way through each level and attain the skills and knowledge necessary to stay on top of your game.All the information that is provided within this book will guide you along the way as you start preparing for the CCNA Routing and Switching exams. Now, all that you need to do is simply purchase this book today, enroll yourself for the CCNA certification courses and take the necessary steps to turn your life around!So what are you waiting for, click on the buy now button and grab your copy today!
7.Cisco Networks: Engineers’ Handbook of Routing, Switching, and Security with IOS, NX-OS, and ASA 1st ed. Edition
Author: Chris Carthern (Author), William Wilson (Author), Noel Rivera (Author), Richard Bedwell (Author)
Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (November 26, 2015)
This book is a concise one-stop desk reference and synopsis of basic knowledge and skills for Cisco certification prep. For beginning and experienced network engineers tasked with building LAN, WAN, and data center connections, this book lays out clear directions for installing, configuring, and troubleshooting networks with Cisco devices. The full range of certification topics is covered, including all aspects of IOS, NX-OS, and ASA software. The emphasis throughout is on solving the real-world challenges engineers face in configuring network devices, rather than on exhaustive descriptions of hardware features.
8.CCNA: 200-125 Cisco Certified Network Associate 400 + NEW QUESTIONS 2017
Author: Digitaltut Premium
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 9, 2017)
Why Do I Need This guide? - Passing the CCNA 200-125 exam requires knowledge and real-world experience to be able to correctly answer the required number of exam questions - There are hundreds, if it thousands, or resources available marketed to help you prepare for the exam (books, websites, self-paced training, on-demand videos, CBTs, instructor-led classes, individualized coaches, training courses, college classes, self-study guides, Internet forums, Cisco website, message boards, chat rooms - Several Challenges for busy people just looking to pass the exam and get certified quickly and easily: - - How do you know which resources to choose? - - The best resources are super-expensive - - Many resources go too deep in some content areas but not deep enough in others (in the guise of not “teaching just to the pass the exam”) - Our study notes fill the gap for busy people who are looking to get certified quickly and easily - - Our study notes are designed from the ground up to teach you exactly what you need to know to pass the exam and get certified - nothing more and nothing less! Who should use this guide? - anyone looking to take and pass exam (new or renewal) - beginners - help to quickly learn topics - intermediate - fast-track your training/knowledge What can I expect? - Check out the free sample by clicking the image through Amazon - pass guaranteed on your first exam attempt after purchasing and using this guide - Certification Shortcut is an independent content producer and is not affiliated with Cisco in any way. All of our content producers hold active Cisco certifications in the content area in which they develop content.
9.CCENT ICND1 Study Guide
Author: Todd Lammle
Publisher: Sybex; 3 edition (July 5, 2016)
The CCENT Study Guide, 3rd Edition offers complete conceptual and practical study tools for the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician exam. Written by networking expert Todd Lammle, this study guide provides everything you need to pass the CCENT with flying colors. 100% coverage of the all exam objectives includes detailed discussion on IP data networks, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing, switching and routing, network security, and much more. Todd draws on 30 years of experience to give you practical examples and real-world insights that go way beyond exam prep, and plenty of hands-on labs help you gain experience with important tasks. The Sybex interactive online learning tools include a pre-assessment test to show you how much you already know, two bonus ICND-1 practice exams to test your understanding, and hundreds of sample questions and over 100 flashcards provide quick review.
The CCENT is the entry-level certification for those looking to break into the networking field. As a part of the CCNA certification process, the exam is comprehensive—and a comprehensive study guide is essential. This study guide helps you develop the skills and knowledge you need to be confident on exam day.
10.CCNA Cloud Complete Study Guide: Exam 210-451 and Exam 210-455
Author: Todd Montgomery (Author), Stephen Olson (Author)
Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (May 8, 2018)
This book covers a lot of different Cloud technologies from a Cisco viewpoint. I read the first twelve chapters that cover the Cisco CCNA Intro to Cloud 210-451 exam. I was able to cram for four days, take the exam and pass it. The exam was very hard, but this book covers everything that was in it. I will read the next half of the book for the 210-455 exam. Highly recommend.