Method of Study CCNA Topic List!


Method of Study:

What has puzzled me about studying for all these certs is how to handle all this information. The only way I can think of to study for this exam and other exams is to create my own system of study, and to prioritize what I study. I have done this. I combine a lot of lab skills together for exam ROS (router-on-a-stick) uses VLANS and skills to create sub-ifs so I combine maybe making banner MOTD with this lab. I try to combine as much as I can. Like labs with PAP/CHAP I combine of course setting WAN protocols like PPP or HDLC. You have to combine labs so you can jam on studying and repeating them. Use tons of debugs and read the meta data screen outputs and understand what you are doing. Damn I should pass this test! haahahah Cross your fingers. Below is my system (draft) I adjust as I go along but only to repeat skills I suck at! Like I know IPv6 cold memory stuff I will have to study much more….


Study Tool Elements:


1. Question/Answer Drills – weekend (60 question drills)
    -Bryant exams questions
    -Actual exams
    -802 exams nice
2. Labs – weekdays (2 weeks in July only)
3. CBTs – weekdays (2weeks in June only)
4. Blogs – Study major stuff 3 major elements.-  weekdays (2 weeks in july)

5. Three study memory types:

1. labs memory                                                                                                                                                2. cold memory                                                                                                                                               3. practice memory 

Note: I will be filling in the below types of memories as I study them. So once I get them together and study them, I will post them here.





SDM (c831)  15.77 (weekend Tim with friends)
 SSH server/client setup

Routers – Real or Sims

 NAT (static, dynamic, pat)
 ACL (standard, extended, named)
 FRAME-RELAY (static/dynamic)(p2p or multilink)(cisco, ansi, q933a)
 RIPv2   (uses multicast vs RIPv1 which uses

Miscellaneous Skills – Sims Boson week prior to exam




Private Network IPs        –        /8     –        /12   –     /16  –    /16               IPIPA

A     1 – 126        127 loopback PCs
B     128-191
C     192 -223
D     224 multicast

Subnetting values:

2^5 = 32

Hex conversion table:

Binary conversion table:

 Ipv6 subnet types:

 TCP/IP Model:

 OSI Model:





Subnetting (host/subnet/network-ID)

 Route summarization/supernetting:


Hex conversion:


Binary Conversion:



Ipv6 conversion:
Leading zero compression
Zero compression


End of study method…



My Topology Sim CITY for CCNA –  Entire Lab!


“SIMS suck!!!!!” – Get the real things: Too many bugs! %^$%&*&%#@@@@^@ I hate bugs! And incomplete command sets!!!!This week I will be back with my final lab setup for practicing CCNA 802 stuff for my exam 7 Aug 2008. I have been tossing and turning. What labs can I do on the sims and what Labs can I do on the “real thing”. Real thing I can do everything. I mean everything but Router on a stick. ROS require a Fastethernet port. I have also heard you can use a 2600 series cisco router with the right IOS image and 10 MBPS port. But I am using a sim for ROS and it works fine. But I believe I will be doing main lab topics on the real thing.But will be doing some SIM lab work (at my work during free moments) when I can. But will be back with a topology of my home setup and explaing of how I will takle this beast in under 60 days left before D day! or should I call “P” day for PASS! day! I will be back with the topology soon and explain of how I will take CCNA under 60 days.


List of topics to cover



subnetting – host-subnets
 -pat-port address trans-overload
 -dynamic nat (nat pool of addresses)
 -named      ip and protoc
 -standard   ip only
 -extended   ip and protoc
 -frame-relay map ip  – static – inverse arp is disabled
 -frame-relay interface-dlci – using inverse arp
 -EIGRP – Dual – multicast
 -OSPF – Djkstra – multicast
 -RIPv2 -broadcast
 -VTP and tagging (vlan) 802.1Q
 -STP 802.1D
 -port security
 -wpa (aes) encryption types
 -virtual interface (wifi needs ip address)
 -pap – not same passwords needed (passwd sent clear text)
 -chap – same passwords needed. (passwed info sent only not passwd)
 -ssh setup
Router Basics
 -copy flash TFTP
 -copy running-config TFTP
 -copy startup-config tftp?
 -recover password
 -enable secret
 -enable password
 -password encrypts on all cisco devices
 -priv and exec modes
 -global config mode
 -interface mode
 -router config mode
 -DRAM and NVRAM etc…


osi model

tcp ip model



Hammer these topics till I puke! And I think I might have it the BAG!












6 Responses to “Method of Study CCNA Topic List!”

  1. Excellent, man! That topology looks very familiar. LOL 😀

  2. Nice post! I really like your posting.
    i will come back to read more of your posts.


    • cool..yeah I get to the point. I used my blog to make notes on what I studied and it all helped 😉
      I would make some notes and then post them and then use my blog to review..
      cheers dude

  3. dear it daddy,

    i’m quite new to firewall configuration. your tutorial is quite more advanced..
    is tehre any basic configuration for beginners

  4. very good study source for CCNA 🙂

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