Unfortunately, I do not know the specifics of the ICND1 exam but I have passed the CCNA and i can say that there is a great deal of router and switch configuration involved. Basically, I would start looking at these as soon as possible so that you give yourself the best opportunity of passing both this exam and the ICND2.
This is of course based on the presumption that you are going to take the ICND2 - if not just ignore me!
Thanks and good luck
Which Cisco books are you using? The two book set by Wendell Odom? It does a good job of giving the key topics to study for each exam. The description of the test at this link will give you an isea of what you really need to know. http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/current_exams/640-822.html
Just go look at the routing section and you should be able to figure out what you need to do to complete each step as far as steps and commands. You can also pick up the Command Guide for the exam. Plenty of people have passed the exams without logging into the actual euipment. It is helpful, but not mandatory. The Cisco books are designed to be complete for what you need to pass the exam.
Ethernet devices implement only the bottom two layers of the OSI protocol stack, they are
typically implemented as network interface cards (NICs) that plug into the host device’s motherboard.
The different NICs are identified by a three-part product name that is based on the physical layer
The naming convention is a concatenation of three terms indicating the transmission rate, the
transmission method, and the media type/signal encoding. For example, consider this:
• 10Base-T = 10 Mbps, baseband, over two twisted-pair cables
• 100Base-T2 = 100 Mbps, baseband, over two twisted-pair cables
• 100Base-T4 = 100 Mbps, baseband, over four-twisted pair cables
• 1000Base-LX = 100 Mbps, baseband, long wavelength over optical fiber cable
A question sometimes arises as to why the middle term always seems to be “Base.” Early versions of
the protocol also allowed for broadband transmission (for example, 10Broad), but broadband
implementations were not successful in the marketplace. All current Ethernet implementations use
Actually if you entering the network at your first time you don't need to learn all the routing configs & troubleshooting because you won't be able to understand all the details coming with routing so I will suggest to you learn how to routers work in the networking platform that would be your first step in your ICND1 exam..