Network+ Study Guide, Deluxe Edition, w. 2 CD-ROMs
The Network+ Study Guide explains all you need to know about computer networking in order to pass CompTIA's Network+ exam. The book covers the fundamentals of local-area networks (LANs), the seven-layer Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) network model and network operating systems (including NetWare, Windows NT and, to a lesser degree, Unix variants). Readers will find considerable coverage of the TCP/IP protocol suite, including some of the utility programs used to configure it locally and remotely. There's also a lot of "softer" material about the duties of a network administrator, good troubleshooting practice and the issues involved in network security. Organised to match CompTIA's stated objectives for the Network+ exam, this guide will prepare you for that test as well as Microsoft's Networking Essentials exam (70-058).
|von David Groth|
The presentation style is dense with prose and tables are inserted where there are options or variations to memorise. More and larger conceptual diagrams would make this book better, since networking concepts are sometimes hard to grasp. There are quite a few stepped procedures though--most of them geared toward networked Windows machines. Each chapter concludes with a selection of multiple-choice review questions, the answers to which appear--without discussion, unfortunately--in an appendix. Additional questions appear in a drill program on the companion CD- ROM. --David Wall, amazon.com
5 Stars because I used it to pass the test.
This is the book you need. If you are A+ certified already and working on a workstation in a network environment for some time, you will not have a tough time passing the Network + exam after reading this book thoroughly. Answer all the multiple choice questions and learn why the answer is the answer and others aren't. Go through it until you score 100% every time on the chapter test and you'll pass with flying colors. The more you study and understand the better you'll do.
Not bad, could be improved
Overall, this is a good book. I like the way its layed out, and the information, while a little more in depth than I needed to know for the test, was very good at helping me understand the concepts behind them. This reason I give this book 3 stars is because there were numerous typos and some incorrect information, and with a certification guide, I expect the information presented to be well researched from the source, not from other study guides, and absolutely correct, with no typos. Maybe the second edition will improve on this some.
BTW- with this book and Exam Cram, I passed the test with a 95%, only 68% was required to pass. I missed 3 questions out of 65.
The Material is here, but know the chapter review questions
the is so much material in this book it can be a bit overwhelming for someone not working in the industry, and just getting started. I found the Questions on the practice test on the CD and after each chapter in the book extremely valuable. I recommend using this book, thoroughly reading the chapters and constantly going over the practice questions before writing the exam. this method should allow you to pass the first time. I passed with 91% on my first try, I did use the exam notes by the same author, and the exam prep by exam cram. In hindsight, I really think this is the only book you need.
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