The Bottom Line
- Teaches principles, not watered-down "cheats"
- Covers more than routers - OSI model, TCP/IP, LANs
- Comprehensive, detailed, and well written
- Sheer size of the book may intimidate beginners
- Chapter 1 describes the CCNA and other Cisco certifications.
- Chapter 2 covers fundamentals of the Cisco Internetworking Operating System software.
- The OSI Reference Model is presented in Chapter 3.
- Chapters 4 and 5 discuss LANs, bridges and switches, VLANs and spanning trees.
- Chapter 6 explains TCP/IP and IP routing, including IP addressing and subnetting, and UDP.
- Chapter 7 provides detail on routing tables and routing protocols like RIP, IGRP and EIGRP.
- Chapter 8 documents the important topic of access list security in networking.
- In Chapter 9, router-to-router WAN connection protocols and designs are explored.
- Chapters 10 and 11 explain Frame Relay and Novell IPX, respectively.
- Remaining chapters and Appendices contain hands-on lab exercises, practice scenarios and quizzes.
Guide Review - "Cisco CCNA Exam #640-607 Certification Guide" by Wendell Odom
The breadth, depth, and organization of it's subject matter is first-rate. Each core chapter contains detailed treatment of "foundation topics," a technical summary, practice scenarios, and Q&A. Supporting chapters contain additional exercises designed to maximize retention and recall of information.
At 1000 pages, the book may appear intimidating at first. Readers will be rewarded, however, with a strong foundation in basic networking knowledge.