- Hardcover: 800 pages
- Publisher: CISCO PRESS; 1 edition (14 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587143739
- ISBN-13: 978-1587143731
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 4.6 x 23.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.5 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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About the Author
Wendell Odom, CCIE No. 1624, has been in the networking industry since 1981. He has worked as a network engineer, consultant, systems engineer, instructor, and course developer; he currently works writing and creating certification tools. He is the author of all the previous books in the Cisco Press CCNA Official Certification Guide series, as well as author of the CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Official Certification Guide, the QoS 642-642 Exam Certification Guide, and co-author of the CCIE Routing and Switch Official Certification Guide and several other titles. He is also a consultant for the CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator from Pearson and for a forthcoming replacement version of that product. He maintains study tools, links to his blogs, and other resources at http://www.certskills.com.
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i'd heard wendell odom's guide can be a dense read; that he gets into minutiae, that maybe he spends too much time lingering on topics for a time-crunched reader. that seemed OK with me, bring it on.
i've had the book now for 3 days. i'm 240 pages in and 7 chapters in. i misinterpreted the criticism of this book. what they really meant to say is the author has an excruciating habit of belaboring points needlessly.
Chapter 8, Implementing OSPFv2, page 237: "The OSPF neighbor state 2-way means that the router is available to exchange it's LSDB with the neighbor. In other words, it is ready to begin a 2-way exchange of the LSDB."
So, 2 sentences stating the exact same thing. Why?
Another example, just 2 pages later, drags on for an 8-line paragraph explaining that OSPF elects a designated router and a backup designated router on an ethernet link. what i've said in one sentence, odom says--again and again--in 8 lines. and in case it wasn't clear to the beleagured reader, those 9 lines are followed with a neat, but infuriatingly shallow graphic that essentially says the same thing. i understand the generosity here, that topics should be explained in a way that appeals to a wide range of learning styles, but i believe this particular example could have been served by 2 sentences and the graphic alone. i found myself reading and re-reading this portion just to be sure i didn't miss something. the sheer word count and accompanying graphic had me figuring the concept was more complicated than it actually was. the crucial info seems so buried, so fogged up by the sheer volume of prose that the book actually creates needless additional work, and makes studying a real chore.
anyway, i realize it's kind of crazy, and i'm probably a jerk to have so much beef with this book that i had to drop it, mid-session, just to rant about it here. but stumbling into one of these inefficient walls of text feeds an urge to skip ahead to the next bit of info and move on with your life, but of course that risks missing important details and a re-read or four.
update, 8-15-16. finished the book. a few more notes. FHRP seems pretty lacking. no mention of how to configure HSRP preempt, priority or tracking in the book. final chapters on OSPFv3 and EIGRPv6 were decent, but again, way too many words. it's generally a good idea to supplement your study material with other resources, and i definitely did. between this book, boson, and cbt-nuggets, i was able to fill in the gaps left by this book. knocking it down from 3 stars to 2. i would not recommend this book to anyone.
. . . .in comparison to Todd Lammle's text (which is another great CCNA learning manual) that provides access to CBT (micro) Nuggets (audio-visual training by Jeremy Cioara) to help explain the tricks to understanding and grasping difficult Cisco concepts without spending endless hours on youtube. So, if I had to recommend a CCNA prep book I would select Wendell's because of the strength of the simulator labs. Even though I purchased the hardware and own 3 cisco routers, 2 switches, and a wireless router, I found the simulator labs to be more helpful and test oriented. . . . . . the hands on is critical to understanding Cisco
You'll need to get the ICND1 book as well to get all the information needed to pass the exam.
In the $300 CERT exam, I remember a question regarding something I never read about in the books, upon looking back, there was half a paragraph on the subject. Fun stuff. Cisco certs seem to be a paywall/money making scam to me, but maybe that's just me.