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ROUTE Cert Kit – review

Don’t worry, this is not a mistake and I’m still taking BSCI.
Pearson Education where generous and sent me the Cisco Press CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Cert Kit for evaluation. I must say that I didn’t expect much and was surprised.

CiscoPress CCNP ROUTE Cert Kit

The kit include 3 items:

  • Quick Reference book
  • DVD with 6 hours with 15 labs
  • online flashcards access

The 128 page quick reference book is awesome. If you just finished your CCNA and want to get a quick look ahead this is an easy to read but not too deep resource. Going over the topics of the exam you definitely get the feeling of it without getting lost on details.

I was surprised to see the Branch Office & Mobile Worker Connectivity as exam topics as I just passed my ISCW. I am happy to see these topics in the CCNP track even on a smaller scale.

As the name indicate, it is a quick reference book and whether you’re starting your CCNP or working on CCIE it is useful and worth having around. As long as you remember that this is just a reference book it is a great book.

The video cover most of the lab requirements for the exam, it has many examples with live console. It is a good reference point when you get stuck with a problem and need quick guidance. Working on my BSCI I find  many of these labs very useful as the main routing protocols are still included in both exams.

Cisco Press try to get a bigger audience to this kit and included BSCI only topics in the labs. You can find topics like IS-IS and Multicast routing which are no longer included in the ROUTE exam but do show in the video. As a BSCI candidate this is a nice surprise (even if they re-used old materials) BUT watching that video’s introduction few times they fail to mention that IS-IS is not part of the ROUTE exam and I want to see the face on those poor guys who start by watching the video and do not realize that they study something they do not need…

I didn’t spend much time on the flashcards as I’m not familiar with the topics yet but it is a collection of questions, not a multiple answer format.

To summarize, this is a well prepared kit that cover more than the ROUTE exam, a  valuable item for BSCI candidates and anyone who want some basic knowledge. As a NYC subway rider I love the small book that I can carry with me and read back to back in few rides.
I do not like the price. This kit is only good as an extra study material and when you pay for the training materials (class, video, books) and the exam you’re invested so much that any additional cost should be considered carefully.

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  1. Rofi Neron
    February 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    don’t you know? red is the new black 😉

  2. February 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Good review, Rofi. Thanks for the info.

    What’s up with Cisco Press publishing a red book? 🙂

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