I don't spend much time here, but thanks for letting me know about the Boson exams.
I only spent a month of intense studying, but I've been doing IT stuff since 2011, when I got a+, n+ and Linux+. Been intending on CCNA for a long time but I got off track... Gave myself a month and this is the fulfillment of that promise.
Studying... I've had a very old router and switch. Bought a slightly less old router and switch to kick off the month. I also have a Linux box attached to my normal home lan and to my Cisco lan (in case I lose connectivity to the gateway cisco router). So I did a lot of lab-type stuff, just taking test questions and implementing them.
I used Odom book, got through that in about 10 days, then got Boson and started filling gaps.
Wasn't too nervous going in today. Questions I wasn't sure about, I went with my gut and moved on.
Anyways, I'm now spending time here, and I shall continue! Great sub. Next up is the second half, then probably a cissp. Cheers!