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CCNA 640-607 VS 640-801

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco’s most popular certification indicates a foundation in networking and the Cisco environment.

One of the most highly sought entry-level certification exam was updated. There are now two paths for CCNA certification: CCNA 640-801 or INTRO 640-821 and ICND 640-811.

 

CCNA 640-801 is an entry level exam for those with the “knowledge and skills necessary to select, connect, configure, and troubleshoot the various Cisco networking devices.” This piece takes a look at the one exam path – the previous CCNA exam (640-607) and the current one exam CCNA path (640-801).

What are the content revisions? How much of the knowledge being tested has changed? What remains the same?

I’ve tabulated the similarities and differences in the table below:

CCNA 640 - 607

CCNA 604 - 801

OSI & LAYER COMMUNICATION

  • OSI Model
  • Layers & Protocols
  • TCP/IP Utilities

 

TCP/IP & OSI MODEL

  • OSI Model
  • Layers & Protocols
  • TCP/IP Utilities

 

ROUTED PROTOCOLS

  • IP Configuration
  • Subnetting
  • IPX Configuration
  • ICMP
  • Summarization
  • IP version 4

IP ADDRESS & ADVANCED TCP/IP

  • IP Configuration
  • Subnetting
  • Suppernetting
  • ICMP
  • Summarization
  • CIDR
  • NAT
  • IP version 4
  • IP version 6

 

ROUTING PROTOCOLS

  • Static configuration
  • RIP & IGRP Configuration & Concepts
  • OSPF Concepts
  • EIGRP Concepts

IP ROUTES

  • Static configuration & concepts
  • RIP & IGRP Configuration & Concepts
  • OSPF Configuration & Concepts
  • EIGRP Configuration & Concepts

 

SWITCHING & BRIDGING

  • Switch Concepts
  • Commands for catalyst 1900 switch
  • STP
  • VLAN Concepts

LAN SWITCHING & EXTENDED

  • Switch Concept
  • Commands for catalyst 2950 switch
  • STP
  • Etherchannel
  • Portfast
  • IEEE 802.1w

 

NETWORK MANAGEMENT

  • CDP
  • Managing configuration files
  • Static routing
  • Dynamic routing
  • Access-list Concepts

NETWORK MANAGEMENT

  • CDP
  • Managing configuration files
  • IP Access control list security
  • Static routing
  • Dynamic routing

 

NETWORK DESIGN

  • Cable configuration
  • Ethernet concepts
  • Physical layer concepts
  • 1900 VLAN command list
  • VTP concepts

NETWORK DESIGN

  • Cable configuration
  • Ethernet concepts
  • 2950 VLAN command list
  • VTP configuration & concepts

WAN SERVICES

  • PPP configuration & concepts
  • ISDN concepts
  • Frame-Relay configuration & concepts

WAN

  • PPP configuration & concepts
  • ISDN & DDR configuration & concepts
  • Frame-Relay configuration & concepts
  • Remote Access concepts

 

BASIC NETWORK & CISCO IOS

  • Basic configuration for CISCO devices
  • Router components
  • LAN concepts

BASIC NETWORK & CISCO IOS

  • Basic configuration for CISCO devices
  • Router components
  • LAN concepts

 

 

I hope you can see the basic differences and similarities in the two versions of the single-exam CCNA. Although this is an analysis of the CCNA one exam path, proper interpretation and understanding should help in your certification preparations. 

All the best!

Tunde Ayolomo

Tunde Ayolomo is Network Specialist and Technical Officer with Jidaw Systems Limited. He has extensive knowledge and experience in Cisco, Networking and Technical Support. Drop him a line.

CCNA has been updated in 2007. There is a new CCNA 640-802 exam. Learn More:

640-802: CCNA

CCENT 

CCNA 640-801, 640-802 Training

New CCNA 2007 Update

CCNA 640-801 VS 640-802

CCNA Resources

 

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