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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!
A Cisco CCNA FAQ

When you start your CCNA studies, a lot of questions come to mind! Here are the five most common questions CCNA candidates have, answered by Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933.

Your Path To The CCNA
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Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to pursue your Cisco Certified Network Associate certification. Whether you’re just getting started, or you’ve been reading and working on the certification already, you’ll be glad to know that you are already 90% of the way there.

Cisco Certification: Becoming A Truly Valuable CCNA

I’ve been active in the Cisco Certification track for four years, working my way from the CCNA to the coveted Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert title, and during that time I’ve conducted job interviews and casual conversations with hundreds of CCNAs and CCNA candidates.

A Guide To ARP

When I first started studying for my CCNA years ago, one of the (many) things that confused me was ARP. Or rather, what ARP did as opposed to Reverse ARP, Inverse ARP, and Proxy ARP! One book would mention ARP without mentioning the other variations, one woule mention RARP but not Proxy ARP, and so on…

Cisco CCNA Certification: The Joy Of Hex

Cisco certification candidates, particularly CCNA candidates, must master binary math. This includes basic conversions, such as binary-to-decimal and decimal-to-binary, as well as more advanced scenarios involving subnetting and VLSM.

Cisco Certification: The OSI Model Isn’t Just For Exams Anymore!

There’s nothing I enjoy more than teaching Cisco technologies, especially CCNA candidates. Whether it’s in-person or online, everyone’s excited to be there.

Cisco CCNA Certification: Why You MUST Have Hands-On Experience

CCNA and CCNP candidates hear it all the time: “you have to get some hands-on experience to pass the exams”.

Cisco CCNP Certification: Introduction To BGP

Cisco certification candidates are introduced to BGP at the CCNP level, but the reaction to its introduction always reminds me of something I see often as the CCNA level.

Configuring Basic Cisco Router Security

Network security is a hot topic today, and will only increase in importance in the months and years ahead.

Surviving The Cisco Cable Jungle

One of the most confusing parts of beginning your Cisco studies is keeping all the cable types separate in your mind, and then remembering what they’re used for.

Five Questions To Ask A Technical Training School — BEFORE Signing Up
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As with any field, there are good technical training schools, and bad ones. When you sign up with one of these schools, you’ve made a significant investment in time and money.

Debug and Show commands for ISDN

The major reason I recommend getting your hands on real Cisco equipment rather than a simulator is that real Cisco routers give you the chance to practice and learn show and debug commands.

Cisco Certification: How To Build Your Own Home Lab

CCNA and CCNP candidates hear it all the time: “Get some hands-on experience”. From my personal experience climbing the Cisco certification ladder, I can tell you firsthand that there is no learning like hands-on learning. No simulator in the world is going to give you the experience you will get cabling and configuring your own routers.

Introduction To ISDN, Part IV: Configuring PPP CHAP Authentication

In part III of this ISDN primer, we learned that PPP has two main methods of authentication that Cisco certification candidates need to know how to configure: PAP and CHAP.

Cisco CCNA Certification: Should You Take The One-Exam or Two-Exam Approach?

One question I’m often asked by CCNA candidates is whether to take the “one big exam”, or take the two separate exams required by Cisco to achieve the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam.

Cisco CCNA Certification: Five Things To Do ON Exam Day

There are plenty of articles out there about how to prepare for the CCNA exam. However, there are also things you can do to increase your chances of success on exam day during the most important part of the entire process — the time that you’re actually taking the test.

Cisco Certification: How To Become A Truly Valuable CCNA

I’ve been active in the Cisco Certification track for four years, working my way from the CCNA to the coveted Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert title, and during that time I’ve conducted job interviews and casual conversations with hundreds of CCNAs and CCNA candidates.

Introduction To ISDN: PAP

Now we know how the ISDN link comes up (interesting traffic), and some scenarios that might cause the link to stay up, we need to look at ISDN authentication schemes. The two methods Cisco certification candidates must be familiar with are PAP and CHAP.

Cisco CCNA Certification: Introduction to ISDN

From the CCNA to the CCIE, ISDN is one of the most important technolgies you’ll work with. It’s also very common in the field; ISDN is frequently used as a backup connection in case an organization’s Frame Relay connections go down. Therefore, it’s important to know ISDN basics not only for your particular exam, but for job success.

Cisco CCNA Certification: Five Things To Do DURING The Exam

There are plenty of articles out there about how to prepare for the CCNA exam. However, there are also things you can do to increase your chances of success on exam day during the most important part of the entire process — the time that you’re actually taking the test.

Introduction To ISDN, Part II

In the previous ISDN article, we looked at how and why one router dials another using ISDN. Just as important is knowing what keeps the link up once it is dialed.

How To Become A True CCNA

I’ve worked my way from the CCNA to the CCIE, and along the way I’ve conducted job interviews and casual conversations with dozens of CCNAs and CCNA candidates. Believe me, people who “sneak by” the CCNA exam by braindumps, memorization, and never touching a router or switch are QUICKLY found out in job interviews and on the job.