I was looking to setup my full blown CCNA Voice lab. I was thinking of setting up a lab at home -- setting up 5 phones, PoE switch, and a voice router -- I looked at the 2800 but it looks pricy (2000-2500$ range) and UC520 which is also along the same lines.
Any recommendations in a PoE switch? And more importantly -- the right router to use? I'd like to simulate it as close as possible to the real world thing -- including the Call Manager.
BTW -- I saw this lab on ebay.
Apparently this setup works even with an old 2600 router. So that means I would just need to buy those FXS cards?
Thanks in advance!!
if u do advanced search in this forum with Martin as user name and Voice as subject you will find out gear you need;
UC520 - no longer is on exams;
need 2800; could get by on 2600XM router but not with CME 8.
Hi Martin, thanks for the quick reply!
Yeah I dont need a BARE BONES setup either. Im willing to spend $ on a good setup where I can most -- if not all -- of the bells and whistles needed for a complete VoIP Setup (as if I was in a real small office).
So any 2800 series will do? Do I need any modules installed (FXS cards) or simpy get a cable connecting the 2800 to a PoE switch?
Exam has changed this year; nobody sells ready gear for new cert; what u get is lab for old cert which is still good to some point;
just ask GoodBoy; they sold him CME 7 on 2811 router although they promissed to load CME8.
do research on new exam before getting gear;
you can do some Voice labs on GNS3; I would start with GNS3;
there are several docs in my documents on gns3 labs and Voice;
Yeah I noticed -- I saw the new new cert. I took the "old" one, 640-460. I have to take a look at the blueprint and see what changed. But looks like if I get any 2811 should be good enough. Any recommendations on PoE switches?
Looks like the 24 port is the smallest they got. I'm not looking to get one of those non-IOS switches, so would the above do along with a 2811?
WOW, $100 for that old switch!; u only need POE if u do not have power adapters for phones; i use power adapters for my IP phones; I think exam is based on c2960; 2950 will do,
Problem with c3524 and c2900 is IOS versions; it mught have few differences with commands.
Would was thinking that as I'd be helpful to use. If not I can use power adaptors but real world I've personally havent seen many deployments using the power adaptors.
Lol -- 100$ is TOO MUCH for it?
Sounds good -- thanks for the tip!
So for a 2811 router, would 400$ seem about right?
I'd also assume any phone would do, like the popular 7961 model?
Cool -- looks like a thread with some great info on it! Will do! Any other good references or websites I can checkout for VOICE? As I'm sure is the case with most guys starting out with cisco, I went down the R&S path (currently have my CCNP). I took the CCNA:S and CCNA:V but a client is looking to do more projects with voice so I'd like to get more into the guts of it!