CCNA study material overview.

This is a quick overview of all the material that I used to prepare for and pass the CCENT and CCNA Routing and Switching exams.

Below are images of the physical lab that I built using second hand equipment from Ebay and all the necessary cabling and tools needed to operate it.

Top to bottom: 3750, 2621xm, 3550, 2811, 3550 mounted on a 10U server rack.
Top to bottom: 3750, 2621xm, 3550, 2811, 3550 mounted on a 10U server rack.
Top to bottom, left to right. Network repair tool kit, cat cabling, USB to RS232 DB9 convert connected to a rollover console cable. 2 Raspberry Pi's, RJ45 module adapters, roll of cat 6 cable, DCE/DTE DB60 Crossover Cable and extra Rollover console cables.
Left to right: Network repair tool kit, Cat 5 cabling, USB to RS232 DB9 converter connected to a rollover console cable. 2 Raspberry Pi’s, RJ45 module adapters, roll of cat 6 cable, DCE/DTE DB60 Crossover Cable and extra Rollover console cables.

Cost breakdown

Routers
1 x 2811 with WIC-1T, 256mb memory, 64mb CF £35.00
1 x 2621xm 126mb RAM, 32mb flash £15.00
Switches
2 x 3550 24 Port managed switches £49.98
1 x 3750 24 port switch £30.00
Miscellaneous
10-U Server Rack £26
DCE/DTE DB60 Crossover Cable – 3FT £4.99
USB to RS232 DB9 converter £9.99
WIC-1T Serial WAN Interface Card £6.50
512MB (2x256MB) DDR PC-2700 £0.99
256MB Generic compact flash memory £3.99
Rollover console cable serial DB9 to RJ45 £3.40
WIC-1T Serial WAN Interface Card £2.50
Additional set of Rack mount brackets £7.00
15m of CAT 6 cabling £5.49
RJ45 straight module adapters £6.99
19 piece Professional Network repair tool kit £14.99
Total £222.81

 

Books

CCNA Routing and Switching Complete Study Guide – Todd Lammle
CCNA Routing and Switching Official Cert Guide Library – Wendell Odom
CCNA Switching Portable Command Guide – Scott Empson
* all the above is currently accessible from safaribooksonline.com

Video series

Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-105 – Jeremy Cioara
Cisco CCNA ICND2 200-105 – Jeremy Cioara
CCNA Routing & Switching v3.0 – Keith Bogart
CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 Complete Course – Kevin Wallace
Various material by Keith Barker on youtube

Software

GNS3
Packet Tracer
Minicom
Wireshark
Ubuntu
Virtualbox
Arch Linux

Other

Boson (source for practice exams)
Cisco Learning Network
/r/CCNA
/r/networking

2 Replies to “CCNA study material overview.”

    1. Hey Peter,

      I got the rack from Amazon, it’s called ‘Quik Lok RS/10 EU Eu Rack Rail 10-U Desk Rack Stand – Black’.

      Thanks,

      Will

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