From Acing the CCNA Exam by Jeremy McDowell

Learn the essential skills you need to pass the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) from the creator of one of the web’s most popular CCNA video courses.


Master the essentials of networking and ace the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) exam with this comprehensive guide! Designed for both beginners and those with some experience in IT, this book covers a wide range of networking-related technologies, making it the perfect resource for anyone seeking an entry-level networking job or aiming to advance their IT career.

Figure 1 A Local Area Network (LAN) connected to the Internet (as represented by the cloud icon). Various devices (routers, switches, etc.) and protocols (DHCP, DNS, etc.) are highlighted. We will cover all of these technologies and more in this book.

By diving into this book, readers will gain a solid understanding of networking fundamentals and learn how to apply their knowledge to Cisco routers and switches. Through practical exercises, they will build, configure, and troubleshoot networks, ensuring they are well-prepared for real-world scenarios.

Here are five key skills readers will acquire:

  1. Master IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and subnetting.
  2. Understand static and dynamic routing protocols, with a focus on OSPF.
  3. Design, configure, and secure Ethernet LANs for optimal performance.
  4. Build, configure, and secure Wireless LANs (Wi-Fi) to support seamless connectivity.
  5. Learn the ins and outs of essential network services such as DHCP and DNS.

I embarked on writing this CCNA book after completing my own CCNA course and joining forces with Manning. Drawing from my teaching experience since 2019, I’ve refined my approach to ensure this book provides the most effective and comprehensive learning experience possible.

This book is primarily aimed at helping you succeed in the CCNA exam, whether you’re new to the field of IT or seeking career advancement. With networking being an indispensable skill across various IT domains, obtaining the CCNA certification is a wise decision. Rest assured that the content will be updated with the latest CCNA exam changes at the time of writing, ensuring that you have the most relevant and accurate information.

Regardless of your networking background, this book is designed for absolute beginners, making it accessible to all. Say goodbye to guesswork and confusion as you embark on your journey to becoming a proficient network professional.

You can check out the book here.