How can I improve my practical networking skills?

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Hi, I am a computing student, and I love networking studies. I just have 25% practical and 50% theoretical knowledge about networking. My practical skills are weak compared to my theory, so I'd like to know how I can improve on them, through networking videos or hands-on networking practice? I am very grateful for any help.

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Laura Chappel (the <a href=”http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/it-trenches/did-you-see-this-the-bitgirl/”>Viral Bitgirl</a>) is one of the best trainers IMHO. You can find several of her “animated articles” here on the <a href=”http://www.novell.com/connectionmagazine/laurachappell.html”>Novell Connection website</a>. Take the <a href=”http://cdn.novell.com/cached/video/bs_08/LLK9.iso”>Laura’s labkit</a> that is offered on the site and use the tools she has in her videos and you will gain much knowledge young apprentice.

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  • Ed Tittel
    You should try to acquire network experience and knowledge in any and all ways that work for you. Reading and videos are good--and Laura Chappell (the lead author on our college textbook "Guide to TCP/IP, now in its 3rd edition) is fabulous--but you should also mess around with networking hardware and software every chance you get, too. Given that you are a computing student, I hope you will take (or have taken) all the courses you can on networking. You might also want to think about pursuing some networking related IT certifications. The CompTIA Network+ is a good place to start, after which I'd recommend pursuing a CCNA. Depending on where you go to school you may even find classes already offered that cover these certifications, in which case they should also include access to a well-stocked computer lab where you can get some of that hands-on experience so useful in supplementing and complementing book/video learning. If you have any follow-up questions or concerns, please post again to this message thread. Thanks for posting, and good luck with your network learning adventures. --Ed--
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