Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 15, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.8 inches
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Let me start by saying, I have a lot of experience in academia with instructional texts both as a student and as an instructor (chemistry). Have been working with computers since 1994 on a personal level and did some OS upgrades, networking and installing software, etc. A basic techie with just enough knowledge to never have had to contact any other techs to fix my personal computers. I am used to instructional texts being very well written and smoothly transitioning within paragraphs and from topic to topic and clearly defining the material. This instructional text will do what it needs to do but it is not an easy read overall. The subject matter within this book is not explained clearly. The 8P8C comment about it being the same thing an RJ45 is wrong and that is right at the very beginning. That alone made me apprehensive about going further. The don't even tell you what 8P8C means within the chapter. It is things like this that are left out that leave you scrambling to go find the real information. Several other acronyms are not defined when first introduced either. Leaving some things out because they are not necessary for taking the test does not give a good overall education and that is what someone just starting out needs.The most disappointing part is that Wiley does not support the text at all with any kind of practice tests or even answers to the end of chapter questions within the book or online. Not any answers at all. Their online student support for this book is a pdf with a list of topics on the test that are covered by the chapter. I was disappointed in that since this is a serious test that results in a certification and it costs $115 each time you take the test, if you do not pass the first time. You would expect some answers to the questions with thorough explanations.
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