Paperback: 720 pages
Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 20, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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I started reading Networking for Dummies by Doug Lowe and found it to be an excellent starting point for the just starting networker but a little too basic for me.Cisco Networking for Dummies is just what I needed; something more advanced than the basics, but not something that would go over my head. It takes you through some of the basics found in Lowe's book (if you need a brush up) and propels you into the world of frames, packets, Cisco device types, protocols, VLANs, and so much more. Very big book, but VERY helpful to get you going on that second step to networking.
I'm not an expert in Cisco network device management, but I have had the CCENT training. I needed a manual that covers most of the day-to-day work that needs to be done to keep a SMB (Small to Medium Business) network running, in addition to my sysadmin duties. This book helps a lot, and Edward Tetz is a great writer with a good sense of humor. I appreciate the real-world tips and tricks that the "official" documentation leaves out. One area that the book could improve is in setting up routing on Layer 3 switches, particularly as it pertains to VLAN management. The book gives scant mention of the way you might set this up, and I was particularly hoping that this subject would be covered in-depth. Other than that, the book has been very helpful, and you can easily jump into any section to find what you need. Overall, recommended for the CCENT user that needs a desk reference for their network.
I chose this rating because this is what I needed to advance in my career. This book provides the basics. I'm trying to get certified in Cisco and it helps.
I'm not going to lie. I am a "DUMMY" when it comes to this topic. I was lost in my introductory Cisco Networking class for the first couple months. Then I remembered the Dummy series. I asked my professor if it would be good for me and he gave me the ok because, he too is a fan of the series. The book doesn't "baby it down" like I feared it would. It is still challenging but uses enough "Laymen's Terms" to help me understand. I give the book five stars for it's initial teaching but also for it's readability throughout my career in networking. I can go back to it for referencing any time I come across something i need a refresher on. So 5/5 from me.
I was a student in the Cisco Networking academy from 2009-2011, and I bought this a few weeks ago to refresh what I learned there. Overall, it is a pretty good summary of basic Cisco networking. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a refresher course in networking.
This book is a lifesaver if you are in any of the CCNA courses. The text is very easy to understand and never leaves you guessing.
Use it in datacenter sites teaching classes isp ceners best for managing your switching routing designing and more and more
Very easy read if you have never used a Cisco product before. The author explains things clearly. The nice thing is that you can keep this book on your phone and reference whenever you need to.
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