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Hello faithful entry-level Cisco students! We are thrilled to announce the following updates to the CCENT course:

Practice Exam 2 is now posted – you will find this even more challenging than Practice Exam 1 – enjoy!

The Common Wireless Issues lesson was updated with a training simulation on updating your Linksys firmware.

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In the first part of this blog series, we made it clear that you will face simulation questions in the CCENT exam, and we provided a link so you could practice with the interface before your big day. In this blog post, I wanted to cover some frequently asked questions that we receive about these simulations.
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How do you use our new CCENT materials in order to ace your exam? Here is my recommended study approach…

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Yes, there are simulations in the CCENT exam. In fact, there are lots of new interesting question types in addition to multiple-choice that you will face in the CCENT exam.

The first thing you want to do is get a general familiarity with these unique question types long before you ever sit at the exam. Why? Because the last thing in the world you want to do while in the exam is waste any time fumbling with the question interface in any way. With this exam, time is not on your side! You need to know your stuff inside and out and be moving very quickly.

We are releasing our CCENT training in February of 2009. We will offer hands on training to get you ready for the simulations, and we will over-prepare you. But please note, we will not be using the simulation interface you will encounter in the exam.

Take some time now and visit the link below to become familiar with the type of exam questions you will see on your big day!

I will post a second part to this blog soon and discuss some important tips on these various question types:

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One of the things I keep noticing about our blog is Cisco questions pretty unrelated to a particular blog in the comments for a certain post. I wanted to take this opportunity to remind all of our readers about a powerful resource on our site for any questions you might have. It is our Online Community at

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The Internet now has a new location for knowledge sharing when it comes to anything related to the CCENT Certification from Cisco Systems. Whether it is general questions or comments about the certification itself, or technical questions related to any entry-level networking technology, these forums are for you!

Just like our expert-level forums, these electronic collaboration areas are a friendly and fun way to have your questions answered anytime 24×7. Remember, the only foolish question is the one you do not ask.

If you are new to the forums, be sure to explore all of the features of the IEOC. For example, you can subscribe to forums and have posts sent right to your e-mail inbox.

We sincerely hope you use and enjoy these new forums; our staff of CCIEs and your enthusiastic study peers anxiously await your posts!

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I saw a CCENT student ask a pretty common question on a Cisco forum the other day…they wanted to know tips for making all the theory really “stick” when studying.

A great tip in this regard is to practice as much as possible as you study. Get your hands on your home network and investigate as much as possible to drive the theory home.

For example, in the Operation of Data Networks portion of the course, why not download the free protocol analyzer, Wireshark, and start examining the packets that are generated by common network events?

Here is a simulation that I pulled from our course to demonstrate just how valuable this can be. Enjoy:


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We are so excited to be debuting entry-level training in Cisco internetworking soon! This CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) training program will prove to be unique and unmatched in the Cisco training industry.

The training program will include live equipment, hands-on practice labs; Class on Demand video instruction; dynamic student assessments; and online mentoring 24 x 7; just to name a few!

All Class on Demand modules will feature CCIE-level (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) instructors. As such, students will not have to doubt for a moment the qualifications of their instructor.

Here are some highlights and unique advantages provided by the InternetworkExpert entry-level training program:

  • Personalized Class on Demand Training – the classroom training is provided by one of our 5 CCIE Senior instructors; these are the same instructors who provide the mentoring throughout the program; more information regarding these incredible instructors can be found at the InternetworkExpert main Web site
  • Interactive Class On Demand Training – too often with online, self-paced training, students just sit and watch, never given a single opportunity to interact with the training materials; InternetworkExpert Class on Demand is unveiling unparalleled levels of interactivity with CCENT training
  • Real-world training focus – our CCENT training certainly covers every point needed for success in the exam, but the main focus is ensuring our students succeed in the support of actual networks
  • Unmatched practice exams – to ensure candidates are ready for the actual exam, InternetworkExpert provides detailed practice exams for the ICND1 test; exams include hands-on practice, drag and drop, multiple choice, and other questions formats that students can expect to see on test day
  • Hands-on practice – to ensure that students succeed in real-world network environments, and to ensure success in the exam, students work through rigorous hands-on lab exercises using actual Cisco equipment; lab scenarios are real-world based to ensure candidate success in the industry
  • 24×7 mentoring support is available through Instructor Hours, the InternetworkExpert Online Community, and e-mail and Live Chat options

Be sure to watch for sample course materials on our site soon. CCENT should be available prior to Q1 2009!

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I. Module 1: The Operation of Data Networks

A. Cisco Network Devices

B. The OSI Model

C. The TCP/IP Model

D. Voice Over IP and Video Over IP

E. Network Diagrams

F. Network Paths

G. Common Network Problems

H. LAN versus WAN Features

II. Module 2: Implementing a Small Switched Network

A. Physical Media

B. Ethernet

C. Network Segmentation

D. Basic Switching Concepts

E. Initial Switch Configuration

F. Switch Verifications

G. Basic Switch Security

H. Common Switch Issues

III. Module 3: IP Addressing and IP Services for a Small Network

A. The Role of Addressing

B. Private versus Public Addressing


D. Create and Apply an Addressing Scheme



G. Common Addressing Issues

IV. Module 4: Implementing a Small Routed Network

A. Basic Routing Concepts

B. Operation of Cisco Routers

C. Initial Switch Configuration

D. Physical Media

E. RIPv2

F. Router Management

G. Router Security

H. Router Verifications

V. Module 5: WLAN

A. Standards

B. Wireless Components

C. Wireless Configuration

D. Wireless Security

E. Common Wireless Issues

VI. Module 6: Network Security

A. Security Threats

B. The Security Policy

C. Attack Mitigation Techniques

D. Common Security Appliances and Applications

E. Best Practices

VII. Module 7: WANs

A. Connecting a WAN

B. Configure a Serial Connection

C. Verify a Serial Connection

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Exam Details

Exam Number: 640-822
Exam Name: ICND1
Number of Questions: 40
Total Time: 90 Minutes
Passing Score: 804
Exam Sections:
Describe the operation of data networks
Implement a small switched network
Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP services for a small network
Implement a small routed network
Explain and select the appropriate administrative tasks required for a WLAN
Identify security threats to a network and describe general methods to mitigation
Implement and verify WAN links

640-822 is one of the best Cisco (written) exams I have EVER seen. It does an excellent job of testing real world skills that an entry-level technician would need to succeed supporting small routed and switched networks.

The emphasis of the exam is on basic configuration and troubleshooting of Cisco devices. While there are a smattering of definitional type theory questions, the major focus is “hands-on”, scenario based questions.

You should be ready to solve Simulations, scenario and exhibit-based multiple-choice questions, drag and drop, and standard multiple-choice queries. Be very careful about how much time you dedicate to any one question, since you might really burn the clock on a single given exercise. Time management is a key to success in this exam.

This exam does a superb job at reflecting the published exam blueprint, and as such, you can expect our course materials for CCENT to explain fully all questions.

You will feel very proud when you complete the CCENT certification with a passing score on this exam, as you will very clearly be ready to support the basic Cisco network!

Enjoy your studies!

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