Oct 18, 2010 10:18 PM
I need a lil' bit of guidance concerning my home CCNA lab. I took CCNA1-4 in 2004, but due to circumstances was unable to take the CCNA exam despite doing well in all four classes. Anyway, I am trying to setup a home lab, so that I can finally take the CCNA. I plan to study/practice over the winter. When I took those classes we had 1700 series routers and 1924-EN switches. I think these maybe outdated now, but I am not sure. Here is what I have so far:
1x 1721 Router [C1700 Software (C1700-Y-M), Version 12.2(4)YA2, EARLY DEPLOYMENT RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)]
2x 1720 Routers [C1700 Software (C1700-Y-M), Version 12.2(3d), RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)]
1x WS-C2950C-24 Switch [C2950 Software (C2950-I6Q4L2-M), Version 12.1(19)EA1c, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc2)]
5x WS-C1924-EN Switches [IOS not known yet, in the process of being shipped]
My main point of concern is what IOS I should be running. I have read 12.4 is the latest for the routers. Also the 2950C says "Running Enhanced Image", which I take is a good thing. Is this a good enough setup to practice the labs for the CCNA. Is there anything that my lab is in desperate need of? Also what is the exact name of the IOS image that I should run on the routers. I have read that IOS 12.3 would be fine to run also, but either 12.4/12.3 there seems to be 10 different versions of each IOS (Example:advipservices, IP Base, advsecurity, IPvoice, and many other versions). Which one would be best for just doing CCNA labs? I know that I will have to upgrade the memory on the routers, so that is not a problem. I don't plan on setting all this up in one week. Are the 1924 switches useful or should I purchase another 2950?
I got the 3 routers for 30 bucks, the 2950 for 65, and the 5 1924s for 40. Any help would be appreciated. This is something that I have to get done so that I can improve my chances of getting a better J-O-B, so that I can provide for my family better.