How to study for CCNA FREE

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    I Prepared This Document to help those who are financially strapped but are really willing to work hard to learn about Cisco Technologies.  I have already Passed CCNA, BSCI,BCMSM,BCRAN [Although Expired] .  Additionally I am Network+, A+ , INet+, Microsoft, Novell, Linux and OS/2 Certified, for those of you that have been around that should tell you  How long I have been in IT --:)

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    Know what Topics are on the test.


    640-802 CCNA® Exam Topics (Blueprint)

    THOSE NEW TO CISCO--------> READ the EXAM Topics atleast 5 times, So you know what you are getting yourself into.


    I like to find out as much information about a subject as I can, So additionally I will be looking at ICND1 and ICND2 Exam topics also.  ICND1 Topics Here:  ICND2 Topics Here:



    Every CISCO Certified person should know how to use the CISCO website to find information. Anytime you want to Research for a topic go to (A MUST) Hint: There are two search Engines on the page.


    Don’t Forget to Use  to search for more information for any topic you want to know more about.

    You can read the free books or free online Books linkS I provide to study.


    IF you wish to know more about a topic just click on one of the links  I provided on the subject.


    Knowing how to use the Cisco router is a must. USE the free simulator links I provided to practice, so you can pass the hands on portion of the test.


    The Following CCNA ICND TIPS are FROM


    Things to Know About CCNA / ICND Exams:


    1. CCNA ICND is comprehensive


    The Cisco CCNA ICND exams cover a large variety of topics from basic TCP/IP knowledge to routing protocols and spanning trees. In other words, it’s a tough exam because it covers so much. It is important that you do well on the ICND because most of it serves as the basis for all other Cisco CCNA track exams, and so it is important that you respect the breadth of information that this test covers.


    2. CCNA ICND is practical


    The ICND exam is not the kind of test where only “book smarts” will come into play. Simply put, you need to be able to use the information you learn and apply it to a real-world network troubleshooting issue. For example: knowing that IP is an unreliable service is one thing – solving a communications error between two nodes over IP is quite another.


    3. ICND is short


    Think you can handle 45-60 questions in 75-90 minutes? You better be able to in order to excel on the ICND test, which tests candidates rapidly in their knowledge on all things Cisco networking. Pacing and speed are both major issues in the test as is appropriate test preparation. At the same time, the CCNA ICND exam covers many real-world situations, which are may be complex to understand without adequate time.


    4. ICND is marketable


    Passing the Cisco CCNA ICND exam doesn’t just open up the CCNA path to candidates. It also allows you to market yourself as a true networking expert with more knowledge and skill than your non-certified peers, allowing you to really stretch out your skills and your opportunities.


    Three Myths About Cisco Exams

    Should You Take The Single or the Two Exam Approach To CCNA?

    Tips For Taking the CCNA Exam 


    First, read the questions SLOWLY.  Many vendors love to write questions for folks who read too fast.  Most exams provide sufficient time in which to finish them.  Take your time!  Many mental mistakes are made by people who rush through the questions.  Second, don't forget the process of elimination.  I am amazed at how many times that I've been able to "guess" the correct answer simply because I knew that the other suggested answers could not possibly be right.  Typically, you will be able to easily eliminate all but two of the correct answers (or one, if you are fortunate enough).  Then you can focus your mental energy on the remaining two.


    What To Expect At The Testing Center 

    CCNA Test Center Guide

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    If you find any Good Free Links on any topic, Please E-mail me CCIE_TOBE@YAHOO.COM  So far 5000 views and  only one person has sent any links.








    Internetworking Technology Handbook By Can be read online or downloaded a chapter at a time as pdf file.

    Online CCNA Tutorials eBook

    CCNA Version 5-Draft By Matt Basham

    Ciscotests.Org Free Online CCNA Course

    CooL  Ios Commands E-book 

    CCENT Prep Center




    FREE Training Videos


    How to Reset or Recover your Lost Cisco Router or Switch Password



    CompTIA Network+ 2009 Training by Ed Liberman
    Learn about the various network devices that you will encounter in today’s networks and how to use them.


    TCP/IP & Networking Fundamentals Training by Ed Liberman

    Learn TCP/IP theory and the important networking concepts including the OSI model, IP addressing, binary numbers, IPv6 and more.


    Cisco CCNA Training by Chris Bryant
    This 3 part video series covers Advanced Switching, Static Routing and RIP, and OSPF providing you with over 7 hours of hands-on CCNA training.


    TrainSignal Videos -  Very Good video series.

    CBTNUGGETS VIDEOS – Very good video series.


    I recommend Purchasing both the cbtnuggets and the TrainSignal videos if you can afford them.  If however you cannot by any means afford either one,  Go to for ICND1 or for ICND2, goto Browse through the available  Videos, and select one or 2 Video based on any CCNA topic you feel you need more explanation on then go to  Sign on for a trial subscription. The trial subscription will allow you to view any videos on the website for up to 1 hour.




    Free Router Simulators



    Free CCNA Lab Simulator / A free CCNA simulator.

    Another Free Simulator


    Dynamips FREE SIMULATION   (here you will find how to set up the idle values) /  (this is great for configuring Dynamips and labs)

    Using Dynamips to Set up a Virtual Cisco Lab

    Getting dynamips is's a freeware router simulation program. Installing dynamips is not so easy.

    This tutorial helps bridge that gap as well as pointing out additional freeware apps you will need and links to labs.


    Free Router Simulator Trial With Free Lab



    Free access to actual lab Read this thread


    As you Learn about a topic, Dont forget to make a quiz so you can test yourself later.  Please Upload  & SHARE with us  any quiz you make. If you make a Good Quiz for one topic, then someone else can make another quiz for a different topic.




    Free Practice Study QuizMaker - QUIZ 3.4.3


    QUIZ  is a free study tool. You can train a Topic by collecting questions in a  file and then answer them repetitively. With Quiz, you can build and  administer objective tests using either Multiple Choice or  fill-the-blanks questions. More then one correct answer is allowed. It  is possible to build timed tests and even add sounds or graphics to quiz  items. Sample tests on Bible knowledge, Greek, or Hebrew are included.  Quiz files may be printed.  You may set a general time limit (optional), allow to skip questions, etc.




    Free Cheat Sheets Sheets for remembering things by Jeremy Stretch.


    Topics Included: VLANs , Subnetting , Spanning Tree, QOS, Physical Terminations, OSPF , IS-IS , IPv6, IPv4, Multicast, IPSec , EIGRP, Common Port Numbers,  Cisco IOS Versions, BGP, Access Lists, MPLS 802.1x HSRP, VRRP, GLBP, IOS Versions, 802.11 Wireless (New)









    Why   Learning The OSI Model Is Important, The OSI Reference Model, Interaction Between OSI Layers,   TCP/IP and the OSI Reference Model, The TCP/IP Protocol Architecture, TCP/IP Data Encapsulation, Networks, Network Definitions, Types of Networks, Network Topologies, Network Technologies, Ethernet,  Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Token Ring, Network Addressing, Bridging, LAN Switching, Wireless Networks, Wireless Network Standards, Wireless Network Modes, Security Features, The Cisco IOS Software, The Cisco IOS Software Command-Line   Interface,The CLI Help Features, Syslog Messages and the debug   Command, Configuring Cisco IOS Software, Managing Configuration Files, Upgrading Cisco IOS Software, The Cisco IOS Software Boot Sequence, Spanning-Tree Protocol (STP), Root Bridge Election, Root Ports Election,Designated Ports Election, STP States, STP Timers, Optional STP Features, EtherChannel, PortFast,Rapid Spanning Tree (IEEE 802.1w), WAN and VPN technologies,Understanding WANs: A Technical Primer , Network data flow from End-to-End , Definitions Characteristics Components locations of   Network , Advantage of Open System interface OSI Layer model, OSI reference model and Cisco's three-layer   hierarchical model, T1 and The Link Protocols That Use It, Bridging and   Switching Basics, How to use the   Cisco IOS, IP Protocols   explained (ARP, IP, ICMP, TCP, UDP), Port Numbers, Protocol Numbers, Loopback   interfaces, The OSI Model   Explained, Reset a Cisco   Router to Factory Default Settings, Understanding   & Troubleshooting DHCP in Catalyst Switch or Enterprise Networks, Point-to-Point Leased Lines,Overview, Data-Link Protocols,Configuring HDLC and PPP   Configuration, Integrated Services Digital Network   (ISDN), ISDN Channels, ISDN Protocols, ISDN Layers, ISDN Layer 1, ISDN Layer 2, ISDN Layer 3, BRI Function Groups and Reference   Points,Encoding and Framing, Dial-on-Demand Routing (DDR), ISDN Configuration for DDR, Configuring Legacy DDR, Configuring DDR with Dialer Profiles, Multilink PPP, Frame Relay, Virtual Circuits, LMI and Encapsulation Types, DLCI Addressing, Frame Relay Configuration, Determining the Interface, Configuring Frame Relay   Encapsulation, Configuring Protocol-Specific   Parameters,Configuring Frame Relay   Characteristics, Verifying Frame Relay Configuration, Introduction to   WAN Technologies, Introduction to   WAN Technologies, PPP Overview,   PPP   Troubleshooting Flowchart, Troubleshooting   PPP (CHAP or PAP) Authentication, PPP Configuration and troubleshooting, PPP Overview,   PPP   Troubleshooting Flowchart, Troubleshooting   PPP (CHAP or PAP) Authentication, PPP Configuration and troubleshooting, EIA-568A / EIA-568B Cabling RJ-45,   Cabling Guide   for Console and AUX Ports, Console Cable   Pinouts, DTE & DCE Serial Cable   Specifications, Cisco SFP Optics   For Gigabit Ethernet Applications, Cisco Small   Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) Transceiver Modules Maintenance and   Troubleshooting, Multi-mode optical fiber, Single-mode optical fiber,   fiber optics explanation, Detailed fiber explanations,


    CISCO   Router Configuring


    Routing Tables, Static Routing,Dynamic Routing, Routing Updates,Verifying Routing Tables, Routing Protocols, Distance-Vector Routing, Route Poisoning, Split Horizon, Split Horizon with Poison Reverse, Hold-Down Timer,Triggered Updates, Link-State Routing, Classful Routing,Classless Routing, Basic Switching Functions, Convergence,Distance-Vector Routing Convergence, RIP and IGRP Convergence, EIGRP Convergence, Link-State Convergence, Testing and Troubleshooting Routes, The ping Command, The traceroute Command, Cisco Router Configuration Tutorial , Cisco's Router Configuration page , How to configure Cisco Discovery Protocol CDP step by   step guide, Step by Step guide of how to configure hdlc ppp, Step by Step guide to configure Cisco SDM and examples, Basic routing concepts, Static, default and RIP routing, EIGRP routing, OSPF routing, Basic router configurations show commands Step by Step   guide and examples , Basic router configurations login in router examples   and step by step guides, Basic of routing distance vector protocol problems   solutions, Guide tutorials notes of Basic of static routing,   Step by Step guide to configure static route   configurations, Guide tutorials notes of Routing Information Protocol   RIP, Step by Step guide of how to configure Rip Routing   Configurations, Guide tutorials notes of Enhanced Interior Gateway   Routing Protocol, Step by Step guide of how to configure eigrp routing   configurations, Guide tutorials notes of open shortest path first OSPF, Step by Step guide of how to configure open shortest path   first OSPF Configuration , Routing Basics,   BGP, Administrative   Distances, IP Classless   Explained, Behavior of RIP   and IGRP When Sending and Receiving Updates, Routing Protocol   Configuration Guides, Configuring   EIGRP, Configuring   Integrated IS-IS , Configuring   Routing Information Protocol, Configuring   On-Demand Routing, OSPF Design   Guide, Configuring OSPF,   How to configure packet tracer step by step guide   Example, How to connect cisco devices in windows packet tracer   and in boson, IOS internetwork operating system Advantage and Naming   Conventions, Router and switch Switch Interface Nomenclature   classification, Cisco devices hardware component booting process, Cisco IOS Mode User Privilege and Global Configurations   mode, how to use Help Facilities of the Cisco IOS and error   message, Step by Step guide for Administration of cisco devices,   Configuring Cisco   Discovery Protocol (CDP), Interface and   Line Numbers in Cisco 1800, 2800 and 3800 Series Routers, Building Routing Table on New   OSPF-Configured Routers, Steady-State Operation, OSPF Areas,OSPF Area Types, Router Responsibilities, Balanced Hybrid Routing Protocol and   EIGRP, EIGRP Loop Avoidance, Router Configuration, Configuring OSPF,Verifying the OSPF Configuration,Configuring EIGRP, Verifying the EIGRP Configuration

    IP Access Control List, Security, NAT


    Standard IP Access Control Lists,Wildcard Masks, Standard IP Access List   Configuration, Extended IP Access Control Lists, Named IP Access Lists, Controlling Telnet Access with ACLs, Securing Cisco Routers Tutorial, Network Security Need for Network Security and Types of   Attack, Network Security Reconnaissance Attack Password attack   methods, Network Security Mitigating Common Threats and their   solutions, Mitigating Security threats and best practices,   ACL components and configurations,

    NAT concepts, configuration and Troubleshooting,   Configuring IP   Access lists, Access list   masks, Access Control   Lists: Overview and Guidelines, Guide tutorials notes of Access control list   Configuration guidelines, Step by Step guide of how to configure standard access   lists, Step by Step guide of how to configure extended access   lists, NAT: Local and   Global Definitions, Configuring   Network Address Translation: Getting Started, Configuring   Static and Dynamic NAT Simultaneously


    IP   Addressing and Subnetting



    IP Addressing, Binary Format,Dotted Decimal Format, IP Address Classes, Classless Interdomain Routing (CIDR)   Notation, Variable-Length Subnet Masks, Subneting,Summarization, Automatic Summarization, Manual Summarization, Determining the Network ID using the   Logical AND Operation

    Learn to Subnet, Subnetting Benefits of subnetting Method of Subnetting Binary ANDing process, Variable length subnet mask Route Summarization Example of VLSM, Need explanation on a subnet mask issue : subnet, explanation, mask, Online IP Subnet Calculator, Subnet Masks, WikiAnswers - What is a Subnet mask, Subnetting, Subnetwork - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, VLSM- VLSM Explained
    54. Internet Protocol (cont'd), What is subnet mask? - A Word Definition From the Webopedia
    TCP/IP basics, Networking Guide: Part2 – TCP/IP Explained |, What is subnet? - Definition from, An idiot's guide to subnetting, This explanation of a subnet and its related topics comes directly , IP subnetting made easy, An explanation of Subnet Masks, IP Subnet Mask Calculator :: Webmaster Tools, IP Tutorial - Subnet Mask and Subnetting, Private IP Addressing, Network Address Translation (NAT),Variations of NAT, Static NAT,Dynamic NAT, Overloading NAT with Port Address Translation (PAT), Translating Overlapping Addresses, Configuring NAT,Configuring Static NAT, Configuring Dynamic NAT, Configuring NAT Overload and PAT, Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP), FTP and TFTP, MTU and Fragmentation



    IP V6 Topic


    The ABCs of IPv6, Basic IPv6 concepts, Guide tutorials notes on ipv6 tutorials, Limitations of ipv4,  ipv6 tutorials on builtin features of ipv6, ipv6 tutorials on difference between ipv4 and ipv6, ipv6 address common terms and concepts, ipv6 tutorials on types of address format, ipv6 tutorials on Special Addresses, ipv6 tutorials on Address Assignment, ipv6 tutorials on Address Autoconfiguration, ipv6 tutorials on Assigning address to Windows server 2008 and Windows vista, ipv6 tutorials on tools ipconfig ping tracert netstat pathping, ipv6 tutorials on icmp overview error messages, ipv6 tutorials on neighbor discovery, ipv6 tutorials on Transition Strategies, ipv6 tutorials on configure cisco router with IPv6, ipv6 tutorials on configure routing with IPv6


    Switches & VLANS


    How LAN Switches Work, LAN Switching Overview, Spanning-Tree1, Spanning-Tree, Spanning Tree Protocol Problems and Related Design Considerations, Understanding Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (802.1w), Inter-Switch Link and IEEE 802.1Q Frame Format, VTP, Switching technologies and VLAN concepts , VLAN and Trunking configuration and troubleshooting, VTP and InterVLAN routing configuration and troubleshooting,2960 switch overview functionality and Switch Bootup Process , Basic of switching Methods of Switching EtherChannels, Spanning Tree protocols stp and Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol, How to configure Virtual lan trunk tagging dtp vtp vtp pruning, Basic Switch configurations commands Step by Step guide and examples, Step by Step guide and examples of Switch port security configurations, How to configure vlan vtp stp dtp step by step guide, VLAN Membership, Extent of VLANs, VLAN Trunking, Inter-Switch Link (ISL), 802.1Q, VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), VTP Modes, Server Mode, Client Mode,Transparent Mode, VTP Pruning,VTP Configuration, Configuring a VTP Management Domain,Configuring the VTP Mode,Configuring the VTP Version



    Wireless Networking


    Wireless Networking Basic, Wireless Networking Basic Security, Wireless Networking Types of Networks, Guide tutorials notes of Wireless Networking, Wireless standards, componenets and security,Configuring and troubleshooting wireless networks




    Frame-Relay overview, Frame Relay Frequently Asked Questions, Frame-relay ICND Exam, wan terms definitions encapsulation method hdlc ppp, Guide tutorials notes of Frame Relay, Step by Step guide of how to configure Frame Really, Guide tutorials notes of Access Modes








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    For PDF just Click on View as PDF on the right side

    I have downloaded the pdf. Tons of good stuff.

    I downloaded the PDF. This is invaluable information


    Thank you so much!


    Kind Regards


    great resource; especially found the pdf's from packetlife useful!  Thanks for doing this - anyone new to this journey can save a lot of time with this directory and info.

    Thanks for putting this together and sharing it. Its useful to have all those links aggregated in one place. I found the IPv6 stuff useful for studying when I was away from my notes.

    my head just spun around uncontrollably, and when it stopped I was crossed-eyed!!! 

    wow ! Good !

    All I can say is you rock. I'm experience with technology but very new to networking. This helps a ton!!!



    This is great work.

    Obviously you have put quite a bit of work in a very comprehensive list.  One thing to note is the "" is listed at as a dump.  If someone who is familiar with that site disagrees with that designation, they should go to to Certguard and request that the classification be changed.

    Hello there!


    First of all let me thank fkhan for this helpfull work

    I'd like to submit a question: I know that "dump" has the same meaning as "trash", but what does the term "dump" means referred to a CCNA guide? For example, certguard list some site or guide as a dump. What does it mean?


    Thanks a lot

    This is an awesome amount of knowledge to sift through, thank you.  I fear it may take me as long to get through as my Cybex CCNA book, but I'm sure it will be worth it.

    I download the pdf excellent resources, thank you



    A "dump" in this sense is truly evil. It means an illegal copy  - or an attempt at an illegal copy of the actual written exam questions.


    The term comes from students violating the Cisco Non-Discloser Agreement (NDA) by leaving the exam and "dumping" onto paper everything they can remember about the actual questions.

    i have downlaoded the pdf, you r great. thanks a lot, you r the example for how to make world beutiful.

    I have just downloaded .pdf file. Awesome work done! Thank you sooooo much!

    i downloaded the pdf and it really proved very helpful

    thanks for posting such valuable items.

    though new in this field i would like to have some more info on ccna

    Just a note to bump this thread back up.


    Moderator: Many forums have sticky threads that don't fall down due to more recent posts.  I think this thread should be sticky, anyone else agree?

    Thanks alot i wonder how much hard work done by you digging google for those links

    can u pls tell me all the resources u have just for "practicing" or test my skills?



    Thank you so much. This is a great resource. I hope this could be a web site of its own. This resource is one of the best I have come across in recent times.

    Thanks again and keep up the good work.

    Thank you very much for providing these useful resources..

    I am preparing for my CCNA exam now and I found this very useful..Thanks a Lot



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    thanks for the topic

    I have bookmarked this discussion and will be using this information in the future to study for my CCENT exam. Thanks 

    Wonderful work....This document can make anyone study for CCNA and get certificatified....Goodwork...

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