It is not enough to know the definitions and the capabilities of the different parts, but rather what is greatly needed as to give further edge is the familiarization of the Taker towards his Examination.
To this, the Taker must spare no expense, as the expense is nothing compared to the rippling success that would come later and after getting the Certification. There are of course many ways in which a Taker may prepare for the Examinations, and all come at a cost, but the primary idea is to choose the one that provides the greater extent of experience and knowledge at the best possible way. It must also be convenient to the Taker.
To this, the Taker can always rely on the CCNP Lab, which he could when he really want to, he could build, or at least rent. And at first glance, it may seem to come at a ruinous expense for the Taker, but in reality, it really is not because this Lab comes in cheaper than one would think it does. It is in fact better than learning it all from books and other digital data.
One can always use secondhand Cisco routers and switches that are relatively cheap and robust enough to work well. Though this may seem as wholly unnecessary to some, it would in, deeper thinking, be a good investment to pursue. In fact, all the person needs to do is buy these networking devices through a credible vendor for him to get the assurance that everything would work perfectly without a glitch. Or he could just rent it, which could also aid the Taker into being more and more familiar with the routers and the devices, and this is a very important factor to consider in passing the CCNP.