Every job requires tools, and the CCNA is no different. You won’t need the tools for your exam, but you will need them for your job.
- Buy high quality tools that will last a long time. Cheap tools are more expensive in the long term. They break down and cause frustration.
- Ask for advice, read reddit reviews, read reviews on Amazon, watch YouTube videos, until you find the tools that are best for you. Ask me!
The Cisco curriculum doesn’t require a lot of tools. What you need to think about is whether you are going to be a Cisco technician who solely works on connecting and troubleshooting Cisco equipment configurations, or whether you will be troubleshooting other things.
Will you need to troubleshoot or install physical wiring, access points, etc.? Probably. It’s better to have the tools and not need them then to need them and not have them.
What you really need
- Cisco console cable
- Patch cables
- Cable tester
- A few screwdrivers or a drill with some screwdriver bits
It would be nice if you had the following
Laptops & Smartphones
Some of the software may also be incorporated into hardware
|Terminal Emulation Software such as PuTTy|
|Virtual Network Environment|
|Network Monitoring Tools|
|Knowledgebase / Ticket Management Software such as AutoTask or Service Now|
|Layer 2/3 Switch|
|Wireless Access Point|
|Laptop that supports virtualization|
|Configuration Terminal (with Telnet and SSH)|
|VoIP System (including a phone)|
|Power Distribution Unit (PDU)|
|Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS)|
|Punchdown Tools with Cutting and Non-Cutting 110, 66, BIX, and Krone Blades|
|Tone Generator and Probe|
|Fiber Termination Kit|
|Optical Power Meter|
|Power Supply Tester|
|Screwdriver, Drill, or Screw Gun and Assorted Bits|
|Optical and Copper Patch Panels|
|Punchdown Blocks – 66, 110, and BIX|
|Patch Cables – cat5e, cat6, fiber|
|Unshielded Twisted Pair Cable Spool or Box|
|Coaxial Cable Spool or Box|
|F-Connectors / BNC Connectors|
|Bluetooth Wireless Adapters|
|Console Cables and RS-232 to USB Serial Adapter|
|Assorted Sheet Metal, Wood, & Drywall Screws|
|Grounding Cable and Lugs|