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31 Days Before Your CCNA Exam: A Day-by-Day Review Guide for the CCNA 640-802 Exam, Second Edition

Book Description

31 Days Before your CCNA Exam, Second Edition, offers you a personable and practical way to understand the certification process, commit to taking the exam, and finish your preparation using a variety of Foundational and Supplemental study resources.

The book breaks down key exam topics into 31 daily review

sessions using short summaries, lists, tables, examples, and graphics. A Study Resources section provides you with a quick reference for locating more in-depth treatment of a day’s topics within the relevant Foundational and Supplemental resources.

Use this day-by-day guide to organize, prepare, and review all the CCNA® objectives. The features of the book empower you to fit exam preparation into an otherwise busy schedule:

  • Tear out visual calendar summarizes each day’s study topics

  • Checklist highlights important tasks and deadlines leading up to your exam

  • Description of the 640-802 CCNA exam organization and sign up process, includes how to use a voucher

  • Strategies from the author help you to be mentally, organizationally, and physically prepared for exam day

  • Conversational tone, making your study time more enjoyable

Allan Johnson entered the academic world in 1999 after ten years as a business owner and operator. He has a passion for teaching and holds both an MBA and an M.Ed in occupational training and development. Allan currently works full time developing CCNA instructional support and training materials.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Contents at a Glance
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Part I: Networking Basics
    1. Day 31: Network Devices, Components, and Diagrams
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Points
      3. Devices
      4. Media
      5. LANs and WANs
      6. Networking Icons
      7. Physical and Logical Topologies
      8. The Hierarchical Network Model
      9. The Enterprise Architecture
      10. Network Documentation
      11. Study Resources
    2. Day 30: Network Models and Applications
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Points
      3. The OSI and TCP/IP Models
      4. Growth of Network-Based Applications
      5. Study Resources
    3. Day 29: Network Data Flow from End-to-End
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Points
      3. The TCP/IP Application Layer
      4. The TCP/IP Transport Layer
      5. The TCP/IP Internet Layer
      6. The TCP/IP Network Access Layer
      7. Data Encapsulation Summary
      8. Using Layers to Troubleshoot
      9. Study Resources
  7. Part II: Switching Concepts and Configuration
    1. Day 28: Connecting Switches and Ethernet Technology
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. Ethernet Overview
      4. Legacy Ethernet Technologies
      5. Current Ethernet Technologies
      6. UTP Cabling
      7. Benefits of Using Switches
      8. Ethernet Addressing
      9. Ethernet Framing
      10. The Role of the Physical Layer
      11. Study Resources
    2. Day 27: Network Segmentation and Switching Concepts
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. Evolution to Switching
      4. Switching Logic
      5. Collision and Broadcast Domains
      6. Frame Forwarding
      7. Accessing and Navigating Cisco IOS
      8. Storing and Erasing Configuration Files
      9. Study Resources
    3. Day 26: Basic Switch Configuration and Port Security
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. Basic Switch Configuration Commands
      4. Configuring SSH Access
      5. Configuring Port Security
      6. Shutting Down and Securing Unused Interfaces
      7. Study Resources
    4. Day 25: Verifying and Troubleshooting Basic Switch Configurations
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Points
      3. Troubleshooting Methodology
      4. Verifying Network Connectivity
      5. Interface Status and the Switch Configuration
      6. CDP as a Troubleshooting Tool
      7. Study Resources
    5. Day 24: Switching Technologies and VLAN Concepts
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Points
      3. VLAN Concepts
      4. VTP Concepts
      5. STP Concepts and Operation
      6. RSTP Concepts and Operation
      7. Configuring and Verifying STP
      8. Study Resources
    6. Day 23: VLAN and Trunking Configuration and Troubleshooting
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Points
      3. Sample Topology
      4. VLAN Configuration and Verification Commands
      5. Configuring and Verifying Trunking
      6. Troubleshooting VLAN and Trunking Problems
      7. Study Resources
    7. Day 22: VTP and InterVLAN Routing Configuration and Troubleshooting
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Points
      3. VTP Configuration and Verification
      4. VTP Troubleshooting
      5. Inter-VLAN Routing Configuration and Verification
      6. Troubleshooting Inter-VLAN Routing
      7. Study Resources
  8. Part III: Addressing the Network
    1. Day 21: IPv4 Address Subnetting
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. IPv4 Addressing
      4. Subnetting in Four Steps
      5. VLSM
      6. Summarizing Subnet Addresses
      7. Private and Public IP Addressing
      8. Study Resources
    2. Day 20: Host Addressing, DHCP, and DNS
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. Addressing Devices
      4. ARP
      5. DNS
      6. DHCP
      7. Configuring on a Cisco Router as a DHCP Server
      8. Network Layer Testing Tools
      9. Study Resources
    3. Day 19: Basic IPv6 Concepts
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. Overview of IPv6
      4. IPv6 Address Structure
      5. Transitioning to IPv6
      6. Study Resources
  9. Part IV: Routing Concepts and Configuration
    1. Day 18: Basic Routing Concepts
      1. Key Topics
      2. Packet Forwarding
      3. Routing Methods
      4. Classifying Dynamic Routing Protocols
      5. Dynamic Routing Metrics
      6. Administrative Distance
      7. IGP Comparison Summary
      8. Routing Loop Prevention
      9. Link-State Routing Protocol Features
      10. Study Resources
    2. Day 17: Connecting and Booting Routers
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. Router Internal Components
      4. IOS
      5. Router Bootup Process
      6. Router Ports and Interfaces
      7. Router Connections
      8. Study Resources
    3. Day 16: Basic Router Configuration and Verification
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topic
      3. Basic Router Configuration
      4. Verifying Network Connectivity
      5. Study Resources
    4. Day 15: Managing Cisco IOS and Configuration Files
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. The Cisco IOS File System
      4. Manage IOS Images
      5. Recovering a Lost Password
      6. Study Resources
    5. Day 14: Static, Default, and RIP Routing
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. Static Route Configuration
      4. RIP Concepts
      5. Study Resources
    6. Day 13: EIGRP Routing
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. EIGRP Operation
      4. EIGRP Configuration
      5. EIGRP Verification and Troubleshooting
      6. Study Resources
    7. Day 12: OSPF Routing
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. OSPF Operation
      4. OSPF Configuration
      5. Verifying and Troubleshooting OSPF
      6. Study Resources
    8. Day 11: Troubleshooting Routing
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. The Basic Commands
      4. VLSM Troubleshooting
      5. Discontiguous Networks
      6. Troubleshooting RIP
      7. Troubleshooting EIGRP and OSPF Interface Issues
      8. Troubleshooting Neighbor Adjacency Issues
      9. Study Resources
  10. Part V: Wireless Concepts and Configuration
    1. Day 10: Wireless Standards, Components, and Security
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. Wireless Standards
      4. Wireless Modes of Operation
      5. Wireless Frequencies
      6. Wireless Encoding and Channels
      7. Wireless Coverage Area
      8. CSMA/CA
      9. Wireless Security Risks
      10. Wireless Security Standards
      11. Study Resources
    2. Day 9: Configuring and Troubleshooting Wireless Networks
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. Implementing a WLAN
      4. Study Resources
  11. Part VI: Basic Security Concepts and Configuration
    1. Day 8: Mitigating Security Threats and Best Practices
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. The Importance of Security
      4. Common Security Threats
      5. General Mitigation Techniques
      6. Maintaining Security
      7. Study Resources
  12. Part VII: ACL and NAT Concepts and Configuration
    1. Day 7: ACL Concepts and Configurations
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. ACL Concepts
      4. Configuring Standard Numbered ACLs
      5. Configuring Extended Numbered ACLs
      6. Configuring Named ACLs
      7. Adding Comments to Named or Numbered ACLs
      8. Complex ACLs
      9. Study Resources
    2. Day 6: Verifying and Troubleshooting ACL Implementations
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. Verifying ACLs
      4. Troubleshooting ACLs
      5. Study Resources
    3. Day 5: NAT Concepts, Configuration, and Troubleshooting
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. NAT Concepts
      4. Configuring Static NAT
      5. Configuring Dynamic NAT
      6. Configuring NAT Overload
      7. Verifying NAT
      8. Troubleshooting NAT
      9. Study Resources
  13. Part VIII: WAN Concepts and Configuration
    1. Day 4: WAN and VPN Technologies
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. WAN Technology Concepts
      4. WAN Connection Options
      5. VPN Technology
      6. Study Resources
    2. Day 3: PPP Configuration and Troubleshooting
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. HDLC
      4. PPP Concepts
      5. PPP Configuration and Verification
      6. Study Resources
    3. Day 2: Frame Relay Configuration and Troubleshooting
      1. CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics
      2. Key Topics
      3. Frame Relay Concepts
      4. Configuring and Verifying Frame Relay
      5. Troubleshooting WAN Implementations
      6. Study Resources
    4. Day 1: CCNA Skills Review and Practice
      1. Key Topics
      2. CCNA Skills Practice
      3. CCNA Skills Practice (Answers)
      4. CCNA Skills Challenge
  14. Part IX: Exam Day and Post-Exam Information
    1. Exam Day
    2. Post-Exam Information
  15. Index