Cisco Certification The Importance Of Building Your Own Home Lab

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CCNAs and CCNA candidates hear it all the time: “Get some hands-on experience”. From my personal experience climbing the Cisco certification ladder, I can tell you firsthand that there is no learning like hands-on learning. No simulator in the world is going to give you the experience you will get cabling and configuring your own […]


Cisco Certification The Most Important Study You Ll Ever Do Is

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All of us are familiar with the pyramids of Egypt. These magnificent structures have stood for thousands of years, withstanding extreme heat and other factors that would bring down an ordinary structure. When we look at these pyramids, we instinctively look toward the peak. We tend to do the same with the Cisco Learning Pyramid. […]


Cisco Ccna Ccnp Certification Exam Creating A Study Plan

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Whether you’re just starting to think about passing the CCNA or CCNP exams, or you’ve been on the certification track for a while, you’ve got to have a plan for success. If you wanted to drive your car from Florida to California, you’d create a plan to get there. You’d get a map and decide […]


Ccna Ccnp Home Lab Tutorial Assembling Your Cisco Home Lab

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A CCNA or CCNP candidate who wants to be totally prepared for their exams is going to put together a home lab to practice on. With used Cisco routers and switches more affordable and plentiful then ever before, there’s really no excuse to not have one! With the many different models available, there is some […]


Cisco Certification Recertifying Your Ccna And Ccnp

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Once you get your CCNA and CCNP, you can’t just rest on your accomplishment. You’ve got to continue to study and add to your skill set – and then prove to Cisco you’ve been doing just that by recertifying. Recertification sounds like a pain, but it’s actually one of the best things to ever happen […]


Cisco Certification In What Order Should You Take Your Ccnp Exams

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When you choose to pursue your Cisco Certified Network Professional certification, you’ve got some decisions to make right at the beginning. Cisco offers a three-exam path and a four-exam path, and you select the order in which you’ll take and pass the exams. While every CCNP candidate has to make their own decision, I’d like […]


Cisco Ccnp Certification Faq

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To earn your CCNP, you’ve got to pass some very rigorous Cisco exams, and you also need to know the rules regarding this important certification. In this article, I’ll answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the CCNP. Q: What exams do I need to pass to get my CCNP? A: You have […]


How To Become A Cisco Ccnp

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Congratulations on your decision to earn your CCNP certification! As a CCIE, I can tell you that Cisco certifications are both financially and personally rewarding. To earn your CCNP, you first have to earn your CCNA certification. Then you’re faced with a decision – take the three-exam CCNP path, or the four-exam path? They’re both […]


Cisco Ccna Certification The Path To Take After Earning The Ccna

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Once you earn your CCNA certification, you’ve got quite a few exciting choices ahead of you! The majority of CCNAs go on to pursue another Cisco certification, and this is a wise decision. The more you know, the more valuable you are in today’s IT market. A question I’m often asked by new CCNAs is […]


Cisco Ccna Ccnp Certification Exam Attending A Video Boot Camp

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When you’re studying for the CCNA and CCNP exams, you’ve got a lot of different choices when it comes to training. One popular choice is choosing one of the many “boot camps” and five-day in-person courses that are out there. I’ve taught quite a few of these, and while many of them are good, they […]


Cisco Ccnp Bsci Certification Introduction To Isis Terminology

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When you’re studying to pass the BSCI exam and earn your CCNP certification, you’re going to be introduced to ISIS. ISIS and OSPF are both link-state protocols, but ISIS works quite differently from OSPF. You must master these details in order to earn your CCNP. One of the major differences between OSPF and ISIS will […]


What Certification Should You Pursue After The Ccna

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Once you’ve got your CCNA, you’re ready to move on to the next level, the Professional certifications. For years, Cisco had one Professional certification, the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification. Over time, Cisco has expanded this level of certifications to include the Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) and Cisco Certified Voice Professional (CCVP). With […]


Cisco Ccna Certification Exam Tutorial Keep Your Most Important Appointment

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Imagine this. You have an appointment with a client to work on a server or router install. A few minutes before you’re scheduled to be there, you decide there’s something really good on TV you’d like to watch. Or you decide to go to the gym, or play a game, or do anything else except […]


Cisco Ccna Ccnp Home Lab Tutorial Planning Ahead For Ie Study

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Candidates preparing to pass the CCNP exams are putting together Cisco home labs like never before. With CCNA and CCNP home lab equipment more affordable than ever, candidates have realized the importance of working on real Cisco routers and switches on the way to earning their certifications. One question I get often from CCNP candidates […]


Cisco Certification The Secret Key To Getting Your Ccna And Ccnp

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Whether you’re working on your CCNA or CCNP, Cisco certification exams are the most demanding computer certification exams in the IT field. Cisco exams are not a test of memorization, they’re a test of your analytical skills. You’ll need to look at configurations and console output and analyze them to identify problems and answer detailed […]


Cisco Ccna Ccnp Home Lab Tutorial The 2501 Router

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To be truly prepared for your CCNA and CCNP exams, you need real hands-on experience with real Cisco routers and switches. However, a production network is a really bad place to practice your configurations, but an excellent way to get fired and/or sued. The key to becoming a true CCNA and CCNP is assembling your […]