Customer Reviews of CCNA Exam Prep 2 (Exam 640-801) (Exam Cram 2)
Clear and Concise Coverage
After reviewing several CCNA study guides, I chose the Exam Prep CCNA 640-801 book for its clear, concise, yet thorough explanations of CCNA material.
I just learned that the 640-801 exam will be retired in November 2007. As a result, I am looking forward to the Exam Prep CCNA 640-802 book.
If you are new to networking, use this book over Sybex
First off don't get me wrong the Sybex book is great. However, if you weren't really familar with networking terms it is hard to just jump in and start reading.
I do have to say that this book is better at helping new people in to the networking world. The author does not jump around with terms. He will explain it to you before he will use it. Some of the other books out there will use terms and not even explain them until 3 chapters later.
This book is GREAT/ While some of the lingo is a little hard to understand, and I had to reread some of the passages a few times to undersatnd what they were trying to explain to me, overall I full Recommend this book. I would also suggest gewtting the CCNA dummies book and use them together. With these two books, its very likely you will pass..... maybe not the first time, but this makes it possible.
The author does a wonderful job of organizing the objectives in this book. I read half the Sybex book before purchasing this one and there is a pretty substantial difference. The Sybex book tends to jump around on tangents somewhat while this author keeps you learning from the ground up, staying true to the topic, and building you up to the end! Buy this book, and some sort of router simulation product like Sybex's routersim (assuming you don't have your own hardware), and get the practice test off selftestsoftware.com. Do all the great labs at the end of every chapter in this book as well. I can almost guarantee you pass, and more importantly actually learn the material for the real world! I did it on the first try with barely knowing IOS at all. Good luck!