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The CCNA Video Training - Volume 4 of 4 is a 90 Minute Videotape which will prepare you to take - and pass - your Cisco Certified Network Associate Exam # 640-407. Join Industry Leader Heather Osterloh as she takes you step by step through the following topics.
Routing Overview Avoiding Routing Loops Configuring IP Routing Routing Protocols IP RIP IP GRP/EIGRP OSPF Configuring IPX Routing Secondary and Sub-Interfaces Configuring IP and IPX Access Lists WAN Interfaces
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CCNA Video Training, the fourth and final IT Academy tape, covers routing basics--explaining exactly how routers figure out where to send which traffic and to which computers and how they keep each other updated.
This tape, like the rest of the series, is aimed at people who want to experience a full IT Academy (or similar) training class in their own living room, at about the same price of a full course. The tapes themselves are about $90 apiece, but you'll need four of them and about $900 worth of Cisco routing equipment to get the full benefit. Production values for the whole series are very low, and the videos consist of screen shots--usually of PowerPoint slides or HyperTerminal sessions--and lectures by Microsoft Certified Trainer Heather Osterloh.
Which is a shame, really, especially for this tape, since it covers the most complex section of the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam. The mechanisms and protocols of routing almost cry out for some animations--after all, routing is all about movement. It's much easier to show visually how routing loops occur than it is to explain it. And illustrating the advantages of the various protocols could easily be demonstrated with a time-sped model showing choked bandwidth from 30-second broadcast updates.
Unfortunately, the pictures are static and the explanations are quick. This series is, in its first three tapes, extremely thorough, but the explanations given of the topics covered in this video are too short and, at times, even perfunctory. The differences between RIP, EIGRP, and OSPF are significant, yet each gets a 10-minute section, and they are difficult to follow--even with previous knowledge of the material. The advantages or disadvantages of each protocol are not made clear, leaving candidates ripe for potential failure in a major section of the CCNA exam.
WAN interfaces, another major topic, are almost ignored. There is a stream of acronym-laden slides, which are not explained particularly well--nor are they shown with pictures. ISBN BRI and PRI are covered, but a novice networking professional might well be completely lost.
If you need to rewind and rewatch, though (as you almost certainly will), there is a subject letter in the upper-right-hand corner of every shot--so if you see "W2," you know you're currently zipping back through the "Secondary and Subinterfaces" section.
Areas also covered are IP and IPX access lists, IPX routing, IPX subinterfacing, and IP router configuration--which are done well and in the style of the rest of this series, shown via exercises. However, these areas are plagued by the same problem that started in tape 3--namely, a very poor monitor-to-TV-screen transition. The routing commands and output are almost completely unreadable on a 27-inch screen from five feet away, so anyone with a smaller TV may be in trouble. To be fair, Osterloh does verbalize every command she types in, but it's still more difficult than it should be.
The shining grace of the tape is that it, like its brethren, is focused on your passing the Cisco exam, and perhaps the minimal coverage of these topics is an indication that the IT Academy believes these to be rarely tested areas. If so, then that should be explained.
In short, this tape would probably not stand on its own and would require a supplement to help you meet a large portion of the CCNA's stated requirements. With a small-scale routing setup, however, it probably isn't a bad supplement. --William SteinmetzFrom the Back Cover:
CCNA Introduction: IT Academy's CCNA Video Training Series is a four-tape set that will teach you how to configure, troubleshoot, and perform maintenance on Cisco Routers. Learn to Reduce downtime, address security issues, and keep your routed network operating at peak performance. This series will prepare you for CCNA Exam #640-407. Tape 4: T-Routing Overview; U-Avoiding Routing Loops; V1-Configuring IP Routing; V2-Routing Protocols; V3-IP RIP; V4-IP GRP/EIGRP; V5-OSPF; W1-IPX Routing; W2-Secondary and Sub-Interfaces; X-IP Access Lists; Y-IPX Access Lists; Z-WAN Interfaces. Heather Osterloh, Expert Instruction: Heather Osterloh is an acknowledged leader in the networking industry. In addition to her popular training video series, Heather has earned recognition as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft Certified Trainer, Novell CNI/ECNE, Certified Network Expert, Network General Sniffer Trainer, and a Cisco Certified Network Associate.
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