You also need to get access to some equipment to learn the configuration and troubleshooting commands in the Cisco
equipment. You have the option of renting online rack time from providers, buying your own equipment (expensive,) or you can purchase a simulator such as Boson NetSim, which comes with predesigned labs.
Finally, you need some good resource materials to learn the objectives of the exams. Cisco Press has some great titles and I am biased to recommend the CCNA Exam Prep 2 book since I co-authored it.
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