Dear Sir or Madam:
I don’t see much benefit to a both/and approach to Network+ and CCENT. Especially if you’d be interested in going on to get the CCNA, the CCENT is a better bet almost all the way around. Given your background, you should be able to cope wit the material involved. If you can get into a classroom training situation, I’d recommend it: look around in your area for a local community college that teaches a CCENT prep class. This will not only give you access to expert help and insight, more important it should also give you access to a lab where you can work with the gear you’ll need to know and understand to pass the exam. OTOH, if classroom training isn’t an option, serarch online for “build a CCENT home lab” or “build a CCNA home lab” where you can learn how to purchase used gear on eBay to put yourself a home test lab together for a relatively modest outlay.
HTH, and thanks for posting,