Cisco has created a new entry-level certification named Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) and has introduced the ICND1 (640-822), ICND2 (640-816), and CCNA (640-802) exams. The 640-802 exam is a single exam option for becoming a CCNA. A candidate can also opt for the ICND1 and ICND2 exams to be certified as a CCNA. However, the ICND1 (640-822) exam can be taken to achieve the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT).
The Cisco CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, the starting point for many successful careers in networking. Candidates should have the knowledge and skills to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. The CCENT certification is the first step towards achieving CCNA, which covers medium-size enterprise branch networks having more complex connections.
Before taking the 640-822 exam, you should practice the following:
- Create a network of two computers through cross-over cables.
- Create a bus network.
- Create a star network.
- Create a mesh network.
- Configure hub, switch, and router.
- Configure DHCP on the network.
- Experiment with Voice/Video over IP (VoIP).
- Create an intranet.
- Configure your modem/router/ISDN to connect to the Internet.
- Use and understand the outputs of commands such as PING, PATHPING, and TRACERT.
- Configure a network interface card (NIC).
- Experiment with different types of media/cables/connecters to connect switch/router.
- Understand boot-up process of a router.
- Use CLI to experiment with different commands for a switch/router.
- Configure a wireless LAN.