CCDA Cisco Certified Design Associate Study Guide: (Exam 640-441)

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Nov 19, 2001

by Ryan Smith

by Syngress Media, Inc with Brad Lucas, Damon Merchant, Don Taylor II, and Mark Edwards Hardback - 794 pages ISBN: 0072121599

CCDA Cisco Certified Design Associate Study Guide: (Exam 640-441)

by Syngress Media, Inc with Brad Lucas, Damon Merchant, Don Taylor II, and Mark Edwards

Hardback - 794 pages
ISBN: 0072121599

From the Back Cover:

Don't Let the Real Test Be Your First Test!
Prepare to pass the Cisco Certified Design Associate exam - while gaining practical knowledge of Cisco technology for on-the-job success. Built on proven training methodology, this complete study guide and CD-ROM package offers actual classroom techniques used by more than 200,000 IT professionals each year.
The CCDA Cisco Certified Design Associate Study Guide covers the topics your need to review for the exam, including how to:
  • Perform binary-to-decimal conversion of IP addresses
  • Use the router rip and network commands to configure RIP
  • Guarantee bandwidth for voice, video, and data across a switched network with ATM
  • Build a three-part firewall using Cisco routers employing packet filtering
  • Use queuing mechanisms to reduce network congestion
  • Perform traffic filtering with the use of access lists
  • Assign specific server or network addresses that will be able to respond appropriately to client broadcasts using helper addresses
  • Resolve an IP address to a device's MAC address with the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
  • Use encryption services provided through the Cisco IOS software to guard against the perils of transmitting unsecured traffic across open, public networks


The CCDA Study Guide is a resourceful contribution to a potential CCDA's library. The book covers many basic network structure and design issues that the CCDA exam covers. Like other books in the Certification Press series, this book uses some general conventions such as "Exam Watch" where they point out potential exam-related issues as well as "On The Job" where they cover real-world issues. It's a suprisingly good mix that allows the study guide to be used outside of the context of solely studying for the CCDA exam.

Each of the 15 chapters includes a nice ending for each chapter. The section begins with a Certification Summary section that covers what the exam is looking for in regards to this chapter. Next is a Two-Minute Drill that is a checklist of topics and key points from the chapter. After the Two-Minute Drill is a Self Test section with typically a few dozen questions. The Self Test Answers end each section. One downfall is that the Self Test Answers don't go into detail on why the questions are answered like they are, or where in the chapter the information is. But the Self Test is tied directly to the preceding chapter, so it's not too difficult to find the information.

The book also includes a CD-ROM, which contains a browser-based testing product called the Personal Testing Center. The testing program is decent, certainly not a Transcender, but it certainly functions and is better than nothing.

Overall, the CCDA Study Guide is a good book for anyone studying for the CCDA exam. It probably wouldn't be wise to use this book as your only source of study material. Perhaps using this book in combination with one of the Cisco Press books would work good. It's also a good book for anyone who wants to get more information on designing networks the Cisco way.

To purchase your own copy of this book, try the site below:
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