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There is also a like CCNA For Dummies book that I saw on Amazon not too long ago, you could check that out for a slightly more "introductory" feel.
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I was reading this thread and noticed everyone was cool with a noob jumping right into ccna and cisco... Probably not a good idea.

You may be in a rush to learn everything but you should really have a SOLID ASS knowledge of the basics, not just relating to networking but to systems in general.

I would highly suggest, if your taking this on alone, to either take a course relating to networking in general and not just the usual CCNA CISCO training course. Or start with books about A+, Network +, MCSE, MCSA.


A+ and Network+ are aimed more towards begginners and will help provide a solid foundation so you don't get confused or have to backtrack to pickup things you may not have known. It may be long but it's WELL worth it.

The last thing we need is another semi-knowledgable geek squad employee j/k (no offence to geek squad employees ofcourse)
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If it’s for the sake of knowledge then I would highly recommend "The TCP/IP Guide: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Internet Protocols Reference" NO STARCH PRESS.

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I was reading this thread and noticed everyone was cool with a noob jumping right into ccna and cisco... Probably not a good idea.

You may be in a rush to learn everything but you should really have a SOLID ASS knowledge of the basics, not just relating to networking but to systems in general.

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A+ and Network+ are aimed more towards begginners and will help provide a solid foundation so you don't get confused or have to backtrack to pickup things you may not have known. It may be long but it's WELL worth it.

The last thing we need is another semi-knowledgable geek squad employee j/k (no offence to geek squad employees ofcourse)
I totally disagree with this.... I started CCNA with absolutely no networking experience and had no problems keeping up. A+ is dead, my IT manager would chuckle if you tried to use A+ cert on your resume. Network+ is like applied calc. You'll get all the same stuff in Cisco, Network+ is just more broken down, and if you're a quick learner you don't need it.

John here figured out how to use a command line only router with nothing more than the forum advice of krunk and myself. He'll take to cisco like a fish to water.
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-_- Oh well, I'm always paranoid I'll miss something so I like to work from the ground up. I've started learning everything from A+ onwards. I find it's really helped, not only my knowledge but my confidence in my knowledge.
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If it’s for the sake of knowledge then I would highly recommend "The TCP/IP Guide: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Internet Protocols Reference" NO STARCH PRESS.

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Thank you for the link.

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I totally disagree with this.... I started CCNA with absolutely no networking experience and had no problems keeping up. A+ is dead, my IT manager would chuckle if you tried to use A+ cert on your resume. Network+ is like applied calc. You'll get all the same stuff in Cisco, Network+ is just more broken down, and if you're a quick learner you don't need it.

John here figured out how to use a command line only router with nothing more than the forum advice of krunk and myself. He'll take to cisco like a fish to water.
And thank you for the vote of confidence, I actually pride myself on the self-teaching. Most of what I've learned (not just about computers) has had to be self-taught and my responsibilities are so many that I couldn't commit to a regularly scheduled classroom.

EDIT: I will check out A+ and Network+ just because I like to be thorough but I think I can handle the Cisco course, with a little help from all you .
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I took the CCNA academy course in school through Cisco. It was my favorite class (well classes, it was split into 4). It was great. They start you as if you know nothing about networking. (day one... this is a network cable ) By the end of the 4th class I was able to setup and configure multiple routers using multiple protocols. It was a blast. You can get the books from barnes. I highly recomend getting a lab manual too; and maybe get a decent cisco 2500 series router. I found one on ebay for about $45. You wont regret learning this stuff. It really helps put things in perspective when it comes to networks and the internet.
    
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I took the CCNA academy course in school through Cisco. It was my favorite class (well classes, it was split into 4). It was great. They start you as if you know nothing about networking. (day one... this is a network cable ) By the end of the 4th class I was able to setup and configure multiple routers using multiple protocols. It was a blast. You can get the books from barnes. I highly recomend getting a lab manual too; and maybe get a decent cisco 2500 series router. I found one on ebay for about $45. You wont regret learning this stuff. It really helps put things in perspective when it comes to networks and the internet.


well now that you're done learning..... wana sell that router????
I really wana get my hands on a good router again... so sick of home junk!
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well now that you're done learning..... wana sell that router????
I really wana get my hands on a good router again... so sick of home junk!
If I didn't like you... sure!

It's not working right now. I have to replace the IOS (the brains) and it's hard finding a copy. It's like trying to find windows xp online for free. And I think the management port is bad. Plus, if I DO get it working, i'ma gonna use it. lol sry. BUT... it was $45 when I got it about 2 years ago. You can find one cheaper probably.

If you do ever start with the cisco stuff let me know. It's been too long since I've got my hands in a router (Job doesn't allow me to touch theirs ) so I'd love to go through it again with ya.
    
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