About Chris Bryant

Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933, is the owner of The Bryant Advantage (www.thebryantadvantage.com), home of FREE CCNA and CCNP tutorials and daily exam questions, as well as The Ultimate CCNA and CCNP Study Packages.

For a FREE copy of his latest e-books, "How To Pass The CCNA" or "How To Pass The CCNP", and for free daily exam question, visit the website and download your copies!
Cisco CCNA / CCNP Home Lab Setup: How To Configure Reverse Telnet
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Occasionally, during your CCNA and CCNP studies, youll run into a term that just doesnt quite make sense to you.

Cisco CCNA / CCNP Certification: Introduction To BGP Attributes

BGP is one of the most complex topics youll study when pursuing your CCNP, if not the most complex.

Passing The CCNA and CCNP: Three Myths About Cisco Exams

One of the drawbacks to the Internet is that it allows myths and “friend of a friend” stories to spread quickly, and usually the story becomes more exaggerated as it’s passed along.

How To Earn Ciscos Firewall Specialist Certification

Security is a hot topic in today’s networks, and will continue to be for a long time to come. With that in mind, you must consider adding a Cisco security certification to your resume and firewall skills to your skill set.

Router on a Stick
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For CCNA and CCNP candidates, it’s hard not to laugh the first time you hear the phrase “router on a stick”.

Passing The CCNA and CCNP: Home Lab Shopping On Ebay

Whether you’re just getting ideas for your Cisco home lab or adding to your existing lab, ebay is a great place to get ideas for your lab as well as pick up some great bargains.

Cisco CCNA / CCNP Tutorial: Home Lab Assembly Case Study
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Part of your CCNA / CCNP education is deciding what network topology to use when you’re putting together your home lab.

Beware the Comfort Zone

I’ve seen it happen time and again to programmers, network engineers and administrators, and other IT personnel.

Recertifying Your CCNA and CCNP

Once you get your CCNA and CCNP, you can’t just rest on your accomplishment. You’ve got to continue to study and add to your skill set – and then prove to Cisco you’ve been doing just that by recertifying.

Career Path After the CCNA
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Once you’ve got your CCNA, you’re ready to move on to the next level, the Professional certifications.

OSPF E1 E2 Routes

OSPF is a major topic on both the CCNA and CCNP exams, and it’s also the topic that requires the most attention to detail.

Cisco CCNA / CCNP: How And Why To Build An Etherchannel

Etherchannels are in use all over the world, as well as on your CCNA and CCNP exams. Learn how to build and support an EC in this tutorial from Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933.

Router Modes
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When you’re getting started on your CCNA studies, learning the different router modes is key to passing your Intro and ICND exams.

Exam Day Tips

As you get ready to pass the CCNA or CCNP exams, you can feel quite a bit of stress as you enter your last week of study. Let’s take a look at a few ways to reduce that stress.

Cisco CCNA / CCNP Home Lab: Why You Need An ISDN Simulator

ISDN is a vital topic for today’s CCNA and CCNP candidates, especially for the ICND and Intro exams – you’ve got to know ISDN inside and out to pass those exams. Naturally you want to include it in your home lab.

Passing The CCNA and CCNP Exams: Cisco Home Lab FAQ

There is a real revolution today among CCNA and CCNP candidates. More and more of you are turning your back on “router simulators” and putting your own CCNA and/or CCNP Home Lab together, which is the best way to totally prepare to pass these tough Cisco exams.

Certification VS. Experience

Whether you’re just starting your Information Technology career, or wanting to get further ahead in your current IT career, you have probably thought about earning one of the many popular computer certifications such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification, or the MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) cert.

Taking a Look at the CCVP

I hardly have to tell you how important voice technologies are in today’s networks; what we all need to keep in mind to maximize our career potential is how important knowing voice is going to be tomorrow.

Keeping Calm On Exam Day

When you wake up on exam day, one of two things is going to happen. Well, yes, you’re going to pass or fail. But what I’m thinking of comes before that, and has a lot to do with how you perform on exam day.

The Future Of IT Certification Exams
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The format and difficulty of computer certification exams is constantly changing. When I took my first certification exam (Novell NetWare 3.1x CNA, January 1997), there was no such thing as a simulator question, and my practical skills really were not tested. The exams then were much heavier on memorization.

Buying And Building An Access Server

A Cisco access server is generally the last item a CCNA or CCNP candidate has on their mind when they’re putting together a home lab.

IP Default – Gateway

One point of confusion for some CCNA and CCNP candidates is the difference between configuring a static default route and using the Cisco routing command ip default-network.

Frame Relay Switch

One of the major topics on your CCNA and CCNP exams is Frame Relay. Additionally, Frame Relay is one of the most popular WAN technologies in today’s networks.

MCSE? CCNA? Choosing The Right Computer Certification For You

When you’re choosing which computer certification to pursue next, you should also be formulating a plan for your career.