Networking Study Guides

This section is heavily under construction. Please pardon the mess and check back often for updates.

I’m starting this with ICND2, as it’s my current study track. I will also write up ICND1 and CompTIA Net+ in this guide. My breakdown is themed off the chapter objectives from the cert library by Wendell Odom for your convenience.

Note: The many book and video links point to SafariBooksOnline.com. I am personally a big fan of this learning platform as it consolidates most of the books and videos I need into one site for what I consider a very reasonable price. Using the links with a Safari Books subscription is likely the easiest way to use this guide, but all of the references below correspond with the identical paper books. I make sure each link points to the identical chapter in both the digital Safari book (or other digital format) and the correct chapter in the physical book.

Resource Links and Prices

Books

Labs/Sims

Video

  • The links in this guide lead to various series by ITProTV, CBT Nuggets, and Safaribooksonline.com. I do recommend having a subscription to one of these services.

Groups/Forums

ICND2v3

Domain 1: LAN Switching Technologies

Ch.1: Ethernet VLANs (Refresher)

  • Video Primer: Pearson IT Certifications CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2
  • Reading List:
    • CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-105 Official Cert Guide
      • Chapter 1
    • CCNA ICND2 Study Guide, 3rd Edition
      • Chapter 1: Enhanced Switching Technologies
        • VLAN Review
    • Cisco CCNA Simplified…
      • Chapter 9 – LAN Switching Technologies
        • Extended VLANs
    • 31 Days Before…
      • Day 28. VLAN and Trunking Concepts and Configurations
  • Videos and Labs:
    • CBT Nuggets Cisco CCNA ICND2 200-105
      • Review Lab, Step 5: Trunking, VTP, and VLANs
    • Packet Tracer Labs:
    • Lab: Boson NetSim – INCD1/Switch Basics/InterVLAN Routing I, InterVLAN Routing II
  • Supplemental:

Ch.2: Spanning Tree Protocol Theory

  • Video Primer: Pearson IT Certifications CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2
    • Module 2, Lesson 2: Spanning Tree Protocol
      • All Except the Configurations
  • Reading List:
    • Cisco Press “CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-105 Official Cert Guide” by Wendell Odom
      • Chapter 2. Spanning Tree Protocol Concepts
    • “CCNA ICND2 Study Guide, 3rd Edition” by Todd Lammle
      • Chapter 1: Enhanced Switching Technologies
        • Spanning Tree Protocol
        • Types of Spanning Tree Protocol
        • Spanning-Tree Failure Consequences
        • Portfast and BPDU Guard
    • “31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing and Switching Exam” by Allan Johnson (revised for 200-125)
      • Day 11. STP
        • Concepts and Operation through Rapid PVST+ Operation
  • Videos and Labs:
    • CBT Nuggets Cisco CCNA ICND2 200-105
      • Spanning Tree Protocol: What does STP do?
      • Spanning Tree Protocol: Understanding the standards
      • Spanning Tree Protocol: How the Root Bridge is elected
      • Spanning Tree Protocol: Will the real network topology protocol please step forward
    • No Labs
  • Supplemental:

Ch.3: Implementing Spanning Tree Protocol

  • Video Primer: Pearson IT Certifications CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2
  • Reading List:
    • Cisco Press “CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-105 Official Cert Guide” by Wendell Odom
      • Chapter 3. Spanning Tree Protocol Implementation
    • “CCNA ICND2 Study Guide, 3rd Edition” by Todd Lammle
      • Chapter 1: Enhanced Switching Technologies
        • Modifying and Verifying the Bridge ID
    • “31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing and Switching Exam” by Allan Johnson (revised for 200-125)
      • Day 11. STP
        • Configuring and Verifying Varieties of STP
  • Videos and Labs:
    • CBT Nuggets Cisco CCNA ICND2 200-105
    • Labs
  • Supplemental:

Ch.4: Troubleshooting Ethernet LANs

Ch.5: VLAN Trunking Protocol

Ch.6: Misc (really, cisco?)

Domain 2: Routing Technologies

Ch.7:  OSPF Routing Theory

  • Video Primer: TechwiseTV.com
  • Reading List
    • Cisco Press “CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-105 Official Cert Guide” by Wendell Odom
      • Chapter 7. Understanding OSPF Concepts
    • “CCNA ICND2 Study Guide, 3rd Edition” by Todd Lammle
      • Chapters 4 & 5: OSPF
        • Focus on the theory sections if following along with this guide.
    • “31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing and Switching Exam” by Allan Johnson (revised for 200-125)
      • Day 20. OSPF Operation
    • Firewall.cx

Ch.8:  OSPF Routing Implementation

  • Video Primer: TechwiseTV.com
  • Reading List
    • Cisco Press “CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-105 Official Cert Guide” by Wendell Odom
      • Chapter 8. Implementing OSPF for IPv4
    • “CCNA ICND2 Study Guide, 3rd Edition” by Todd Lammle
      • Chapters 4 & 5: OSPF
        • Focus on the configuration and verification sections if following along with this guide.
    • “31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing and Switching Exam” by Allan Johnson (revised for 200-125)
      • Days 19 Single-Area OSPF Implementations & 18 Multiarea OSPF Implementation

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Ch.9:  EIGRP Routing Theory

  • Video Primer: TechwiseTV.com
    • OSPF Overview
  • Reading List
    • Publisher “Book/Page” by AUTHOR
      • Chapter
    • Cisco Press “CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-105 Official Cert Guide” by Wendell Odom
      • Chapter 7. Understanding OSPF Concepts
    • “CCNA ICND2 Study Guide, 3rd Edition” by Todd Lammle
      • Chapter 1: Enhanced Switching Technologies
        • Modifying and Verifying the Bridge ID
    • “31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing and Switching Exam” by Allan Johnson (revised for 200-125)
      • Day 11. STP
        • Configuring and Verifying Varieties of STP
  • Videos and Labs
    • Video
    • Labs
  • Supplemental

Ch.9:  EIGRP Theory

  • Video Primer: TechwiseTV.com
    • OSPF Overview
  • Reading List
    • Publisher “Book/Page” by AUTHOR
      • Chapter
    • Cisco Press “CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-105 Official Cert Guide” by Wendell Odom
      • Chapter 7. Understanding OSPF Concepts
    • “CCNA ICND2 Study Guide, 3rd Edition” by Todd Lammle
      • Chapter 1: Enhanced Switching Technologies
        • Modifying and Verifying the Bridge ID
    • “31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing and Switching Exam” by Allan Johnson (revised for 200-125)
      • Day 11. STP
        • Configuring and Verifying Varieties of STP
  • Videos and Labs
    • Video
    • Labs
  • Supplemental

Domain 3: WAN Technologies

Domain 4: Infrastructure Services

Domain 5: Infrastructure Maintenance

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