DAT FEEL WHEN CCENT
FUCK YEAH BITCH, WHO BILL GATES HERE?
Seriously now, coming from a country that has 300$/month average salaries giving 150$ for cisco exam was really a giant pressure for me. I studied real hard and hopefully i will find a job soon when i get my ccna.
Wish me luck anons and thanks for advices some time ago. We're all gonna make it.
If some people want to start learning for ccna or ccent i'm here to answer your questions
man, i'm so happy now.
around 2 months, but i was working on some other things. If you knock yourself out and study all day (and if you're native english speaker) you can do it in a month, if you literally don't know anything about networks before that
If you want i can tell you what materials i used for learning
>What materials did you use?
Odom's and Lammle's books. Plus a little bit of Ine.com and cbt nuggets video tuts
Emulators: Boson Netsim and GNS3 (i surprsingly found Boson much more comfy to work in)
Nah, not even close India
>Good luck OP if this is your first venture into networking.
Yeah, it's my first venture in this world. Quite interesting i gotta say
4 semester course? That's an overkill for sure. Self-studied for 2 months, could've done it in less if i didn't do other work
>Best way to learn for CCENT?
Read above books, repeat in emulator (or real equipment if you have money to buy, but for ccent/ccna i think emulators are perfectly fine). Repeating commands in emulator is REALLY important. Really.
>Also, how hard is the actual exam?
Not that hard (i expected more questions requiring to write commands), if you want i can write this in more detail, it's kinda specific
>what was the testing center like?
Quite professional, considering how shit-tier my country is. You first create profile on Pearson Vue, schedule an exam (you can re-schedule as many times as you want, just do it 24 hours before an exam), choose test center (i chose the one closest to my house), arrive there with ID, they take a pic of you, put you in some kind of room with pc and paper for calculations. Exam is really idiot-friendly, first there's 15min tutorial on how to do it, there's no way to make a mistake of doing something wrong. I got 20 min more for being non english speaker
>Not that hard (i expected more questions requiring to write commands), if you want i can write this in more detail, it's kinda specific
Please do, i'm sure it would help a few anons who are lurking this thread.
Well, the majority of the exam is standard ABC questions (you often get like 6 answers and they ask for 2 or 3 correct ones). After that, you have questions with pictures (network topologies) where some situation is presented and you have to figure out where the frame/packet will go to or where the error.
After that you have also questions with pictures where console commands are presented and they ask what will happen because of these commands (answers are ABC...)
After that you have questions where you have like 4 empty spaces on the right and bunch of fields in the left and you have to connect the right field with the empty slot. Kinda like draw a line from one right sentence to the other but instead you draw whole rectangle
And finally, the most fucked up ones, actual emulator questions, where you have to enter routers and switches and run commands in CLI to figure out wtf is happening, these are by far the hardest ones. You have to use all of your knowledge to figure out these ones
I think that's all
I didn't even though i have it installed. It's alright, but i already got used to Boson and didn't want to switch. Plus there's bunch of labs in Boson one so i used those ones also. If you dl that one make sure you dl the latest one (i think 10.10)
>study at bumfuck uni a few years ago
>networking classes include CCNA
>be the only one from the group that passed the exam, even some actually smart people in my group failed it
>fast forward next year, drop out of bumfuck uni because got a fairly decent job offer
>realise I never asked for any document or confirmation or anything that would validate it on my CV
>dumb fat genuinely uncooperative HR broads at reception have no idea what I'm talking about
>lecturer and exam supervisor doesn't work there anymore
>faculty members don't respond to mails
FUUUCK I'M DUMB
I guess I can do it again, but it costs fucking 2.5 times in here compared to what you paid OP.
Dude, you're supposed to log in into cisco.com (or maybe pearson) and just validate that you have passed and say to send the cert to your home address
I thought the price is the same throughout the world.
Whole CCNA =300$, CCENT =150$
oh i already have mine, the courses were part of highschool. we used packet tracer and packet tracer only, but there was a missing feature in packet tracer once, i forget what it was but i think it had to do with encryption or something
800+ out of 1000. But the grading is pretty mysterious, i didn't know what questions i did wrong and how much points each question gets
i had around 2 hours but i got (i think) 20 minutes more for being non english speaker.
in simulator questions i couldn't use tab, plus some commands were turned off (for example they clearly wanted for me to use sh interfaces and they forced me that command by turning off sh running-config, sh ip protocols, sh ip int brief etc
i think you can use ? command but i'm not sure because i figured out the right command and i didn't need it
>I'm now looking at cisco pricing, professional ones cost 250
That's in American dollars tho. They don't tell you that until your payment goes through. I think I had to pay taxes too
I mean if you're writing the CCNA most of the commands they want you to run are show commands.
You don't configure too many things in simulations until you get to the CCNP level. Then Cisco really fucks NP takers over by disabling commonly used commands.
>I mean if you're writing the CCNA most of the commands they want you to run are show commands.
Exactly, now that i think of it, i only needed show commands
Nobody uses it anymore but it makes up a lot of the test.
Know your management stuff like syslog, and SNMP, they ask a lot of questions on those
Really know STP
Know your way around a OSPF and EIGRP configuration
If you could tell me what your using to study, that would be great, I Downloaded CBT nuggets, but its only 40 videos and i feel like im not learning much. Anything else i should be doing?
Really know Frame Relay, lots of questions on that and has configuration options that can be asked about.
Nail down STP, you need to be able to look at a switch topology and quickly determine the root switch and port roles based on info provided. If you study with Odom's book, he mostly skips over RSTP but there are questions about it.
Understand OSPF and EIGRP.
Know show commands for all of the preceding and be able to read its output to answer questions.
Just like with ICND1, if you're struggling with a particular topic the test give you more questions in the same area, so if you get RSTP questions wrong it'll pile those on.
back to /yourcontainmentboard/ with random chick images a normal threads (we dont get these here often)
do you wish to find a work relates to networking (and later go for the rest of 'higher' certs) or you just simply take the cert to get any it job?
>do you wish to find a work relates to networking (and later go for the rest of 'higher' certs) or you just simply take the cert to get any it job?
Pretty much any job in IT, but i'd rather find networking job
My long term is to get CCNA, MCSA (win server), LPIC and learn scripting in win and linux
If i find Networking job i'll focus on CCNP, Sec and Wireless
quick question for you cats:
I'm building a small test lab for CCNA. I have an old 1721 router right now and am looking at getting another one as well as a pair of 16 port catalyst switches. Will this be enough?
(pic related, my 1721)
In case you're serious, most labs require 4 routers or 4 switches for the CCNA
>Tfw working on my Net+ and getting paid. Feels good
I don't think practicing on real devices gives you that much of an advantage.. of course when you going for a job you wont (shouldn't) lie about experiences just because you took a ccna; but i don't see a reason getting into a *junior* position with someone competent/with experience above you while only practicing on virtual environment
No hardware is needed for CCNA, and honestly doing physical configurations is needlessly time-consuming. If you're going for CCIE then sure you need to have lots of hands-on with hardware, but CCNA all you need is packet tracer or gns3, and hardware will only slow you down.