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About Free CCNA Labs

by Jeremy L. Gaddis

How I Got Started in Networking

Many years ago, before I was even a teenager, my parents bought me an IBM PC for Christmas. Several years later, it was running Debian GNU/Linux (no GUI, of course) instead of Windows. Not too long after that, I bought a second-hand PC and suddenly had a need to network the two.

Since that time, I’ve been interested in networking and it soon became one of the few things I was passionate about (Linux and security being two of the others). I learned Linux the hard way, reading man pages and editing using vi on the command-line. This “hands on” approach served me well and forced me to learn how, exactly, things worked.

That same desire to know just how things worked carried over into networking. I studied every book I could get my hands on and kept a local mirror of all of the RFCs. I spent years working at a College where the network went from a flat network without spanning tree connected over a pair of T1 circuits to multiple redundant, routed networks (running OSPF, VRRP, and — of course — STP) spanning the city and connected via high-speed fiber-optic connections.

My Journey to Cisco Certification

While a friend was enrolled in the Cisco Network Academy, I decided to give the CCNA exams a shot. On a lark, I took the ICND1 640-822 exam. I passed with flying colors and so I went back a week or so later to take the ICND2 640-816 exam. I was now Cisco certified.

I decided to continue on that path and, within two years or so, had earned certifications from HP and Juniper in addition to becoming a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).

A Blog is Born

During that time, I started a website called Evil Routers as a place to post notes and sample configurations to use as study materials. Before long, Evil Routers had a decent following and others were using my “notes” to study for their exams as well. Concurrently, I was teaching networking courses at a College and helping my students off to a great start in IT as well.

The best way to learn, in my opinion, is by doing and that’s why I started Free CCNA Labs. The CCNA certification isn’t a difficult one to earn, as long as you’re willing to put forth the effort to study and learn the material. My goal with the site is to provide you with the information you need and lab exercises that you can do on your own time, at your own pace, and in the comfort of your own home.

If you study the theory and use the labs I’ve written here to help solidify that knowledge, you’ll be well on your way to earning the CCNA and a great career in the awesome computer networking industry.

Get in Touch!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any ideas, questions, or suggestions. I’m committed to helping everyone I can, so why not get started on the path to becoming Cisco certified now!?

Good luck!

Jeremy L. Gaddis, CSCO11392749