[lpi-discuss] LPI-type exam but Networking-only?

Fernando Roca ashtonez at gmail.com
Sat Feb 20 00:51:45 EST 2010

What you are looking for is all the branch exams from Cisco, but since you
are looking for vendor neutral maybe you exclude cisco ? despite the fact
that 90% of cisco temary is vendor neutral

2010/2/19 Imran Chaudhry <ichaudhry at gmail.com>

> Sorry if this is kinda off-topic but I thought I'd ask it anyway in a
> "wisdom of crowds" sort of way.
> I'm looking for a certification exam that will teach me the
> fundamentals of computer networking in a vendor-neutral way (just like
> LPI is vendor-neutral for Linux). When I say networking I mean going
> beyond the network-related chapters in LPI1 and 2 (which I have got
> already) but not for a complete beginner to computers. Essentially,
> I'm looking for something aimed at a starting network administrator.
> In my work, I'm faced with a situation where we are designing a new
> office network and I want to keep up with my colleagues, some of the
> topics are VLANs, routing, choosing address ranges with subnetting,
> switches (eg. HP ProCurve-class stuff), firewall/routers and VPNs.
> The exam I have so far identified as meeting my needs is CompTIA
> Network+. I intend to pursue that this year unless I find a better
> alternative. Are LPI thinking/planning of branching into such a field?
> The CompTIA exam is geared for someone placed to be a network
> technician but on the career path to a network administrator. It
> probably overlaps some fraction of the network knowledge in LPI1 and 2
> but thats not such a bad thing as a refresher of the fundamentals is
> sometimes good.
> I've seen many recommended books from searching Google and the
> serverfault.com site (eg. "Network Warrior" O'Reilly press and "TCP/IP
> Illustrated Vol. 1"). I'm looking for a certification exam though as I
> believe that, plus practical experience, represents more higher
> quality learning than simply reading a book.
> Thanks!
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