Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Free CCNA Resources 2.0

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Do you want to become a CCNA with little or no cost out of pocket beyond taking the exam(s)? Between my own attempt at the CCNA and my association with forums and blogs where we eat, sleep and breathe Cisco networking, I have collected a number of free resources that I have collected together here in once place in hopes that it will be of help. I'll try to keep this list up to date as I find new material. Feel free to add a link in the comments or let me know if a link no longer works. Most importantly, PLEASE let me know if I was fooled and listed something here that is less than reputable. Happy Studying!

The exam hasn't changed real drastically from the 640-802 version, some tweaks but nothing drastic. So don't be scared away from anything written specifically to that exam.

Exam Topics For Every Cisco Cert:

Here's where it should all begin for you. Everything that you need to know about the exams themselves can be found at this link.

Cisco Training & Certifications

CCNA Textbooks:

If you don't want to buy the CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Official Cert Guide Library from Cisco Press, here's some alternatives.  I highly recommend you buy the Cert Guide though.

And while not CCNA specific, the IBM Redbooks are a great source of information, and best of all, free!  Here's the Redbook on TCP/IP.

CCNA Lab Manuals:

Free CCNA Workbook. The gold standard in free online CCNA hands on training.

This next lab manual is a .pdf download. While it's a bit dated and some of the topics included are not relevant to the current CCNA exams, there's still a lot of good material in this book.

Some great labs for CCNA topics and more:

Here's a few Packet Tracer activity files:

Probably a bit beyond the CCNA topics. But it's labeled as CCNA Lab Projects, so why not step outside your comfort zone and learn a little:

Flackbox is new to me, but they have a lab manual that should be of use:

Comprehensive courses:


GNS3 Info and Labs:


Misc Collections:

Semsim resources:

Youtube resources:

81 Part Series -
Bowler CBT Labs -
CBT Nuggets -
Cisco -
CiscoPress -
Free CCNA Workbook - Subscribe to this one!
GNS3 Vault -
INETraining -
Keith Barker -
Kevin Wallace -
Learning at Cisco -
Palaestra Training -
Pancho Training -
The Bryant Advantage -
Todd Lammle -
Tom's Cisco Lab -
TrainSignal is now Pluralsight -


Wendell Odom -
Wendell Odom (New) -
Todd Lammle -
PacketLife -
IPExpert -
Firewall.CX -  This omission was brought to my attention by Pawan Suresh Ingale on Facebook.


Free Practice Exams:

A couple fun or otherwise interesting Links: - A TCP/IP drinking game - Another TCP/IP drinking game - I.T. related satire - what's in your toolbox?

How do I know if a web resource is legit?

The certguard website is considered to be the authority on the matter. If certguard says it's a braindump, then it's a braindump.

A shameless plug for my Facebook CCNA Group:

Another Big Link Collection:

And don't forget the two best free online resources for technical documentation, the Cisco website, and Google.


  1. Updated the Textbooks section with a new find.

  2. Updated the Textbooks section to add the IBM Redbooks.

  3. You know, it's pretty sad when someone who is obviously the site owner shows up here in the comments pretending to be a happy user of the site. If you're upfront with me and your content is good, I'll give you a link here. But I've got no time for shadiness.

  4. For your kind information I am not the owner of this website.

    1. I'm not saying you are James, but a guy with the same name as the site's founder (according to the site anyway) followed your post with one of his own, raving about how great the site is, and how he's a "satisfied customer." So I decided to just drop all mention of the site.

  5. I really liked your page and appreciate your collection.

  6. Added Tom's Cisco Lab. Tom is a friend of the CCNA Facebook group.


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