13 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2012 12:08 PM by Steve RSS

    Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question

    Steve

      I just finished my CCNA and am going on to the CCNP now.  To save myself a 50 mile drive, I built up my own CCNA lab.  I want to setup a CCNP lab to save myself that trip once more.  With that in mind, I have listed my current Lab hardware and would like recommendations on what I need to get/change on my setup.  If this was going to be your "budget" lab, what would you add to it and what would you get rid of?

       

      I am sure there is a lot of changes needed.

       

      3 x 2950 switches

      1 x 3524XL switch

      2 x 2610 routers (max RAM/Flash)

      2 x 2612 routers (max RAM/Flash)

      7 x 2620XM routers

      3 x WIC-2T

      4 x WIC-1T

      2 x T1 CSU/DSU

      Digi CM 32

       

      I do not believe I will go after the CCIE so we do not need to worry about having hardware future-proof.

        • 1. Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question
          Scott Morris - CCDE/4xCCIE/2xJNCIE

          That should be good to cover the CCNP.

           

          I'll assume that your serial ports will be enough to create a hub for a hub-spoke connection set?

           

          Scott

          • 2. Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question
            arteq

            i'd include 2 3550 emi's minimum in that list... preference would be for 3560's but they are very expensive... only real thing missing in 3550's is pvlans... congrats on ccna, by the way

            • 3. Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question
              ESummers

              Wow - (7) 2620XM routers?  Somoene had a fire sale, eh? 

               

              Agree with Arteq that a couple of 3550's would be nice. 

               

              Where did you find the Digi CM 32, just out of curiosity.

              • 4. Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question
                Scott Morris - CCDE/4xCCIE/2xJNCIE

                He went old-school. 

                 

                Most people today probably don't even know what that is!  heheheh...

                • 5. Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question
                  arteq

                  digi cm... i'm vaguely remembering that...  wasn't that dos for a mac or some **** on a card...

                  • 6. Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question
                    arteq

                    no that's not it... what was i thinking about...

                    • 7. Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question
                      Steve

                      I picked the 7 2620XMs for $150 shipped.  I liked that deal!

                       

                      I picked the Digi off ebay.  Spent ~$60 for it.

                       

                      I hope that there is enough serial connections - if not, how many would i need?

                       

                      I will look for some 3550s.  If I got a few more 3524s, would that be a good substitute?

                       

                      You are right - 3560s are too expensive.  Wife will veto that one.  Too bad I can't talk her into some 2811s.   Should I get some 1841s?

                      • 8. Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question
                        arteq

                        i think you should forget about the 3524's... 3550's emi you can get well under 200 each...

                        • 9. Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question
                          just plain old Kev

                          I vote for the 1841s, just cuz I like them.  Also have hunch  that the sec/k9/advanced ip images available on the 1841 will be a little more advanced than the ones available for the 2600s - but this is just a guess.  Not too pricey either, but more that the 2600s for sure, from what Ive seen lately.

                          • 10. Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question
                            Steve

                            Well, the guy that sold me the 2600XMs messed around and didn't get it right - he sent me 5 2600XM-series and a 1900-series switch.  *sigh*

                             

                            Anyhow, here is what I received routerwise - I put my own location or note to tell me which is which:

                             

                            bottom 2620XM with 128/32

                            cisco 2620XM (MPC860P) processor (revision 0x400) with 126976K/4096K bytes of memory.

                            Processor board ID JMX0848L1MM (1725920978)

                            M860 processor: part number 5, mask 2

                            Bridging software.

                            X.25 software, Version 3.0.0.

                            1 FastEthernet/IEEE 802.3 interface(s)

                            1 Serial network interface(s)

                            2 Low-speed serial(sync/async) network interface(s)

                            32K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.

                            32768K bytes of processor board System flash (Read/Write)

                            Configuration register is 0x2102

                             

                            middle  96/32

                            cisco 2611XM (MPC860P) processor (revision 0x100) with 94208K/4096K bytes of memory.

                            Processor board ID JAE07411G8R (3833407494)

                            M860 processor: part number 5, mask 2

                            Bridging software.

                            X.25 software, Version 3.0.0.

                            2 FastEthernet/IEEE 802.3 interface(s)

                            2 Low-speed serial(sync/async) network interface(s)

                            32K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.

                            32768K bytes of processor board System flash (Read/Write)

                            Configuration register is 0x2102

                             

                            Top 128/32

                            cisco 2620XM (MPC860P) processor (revision 0x400) with 126976K/4096K bytes of memory.

                            Processor board ID JMX0848L1N2 (3351724093)

                            M860 processor: part number 5, mask 2

                            Bridging software.

                            X.25 software, Version 3.0.0.

                            1 FastEthernet/IEEE 802.3 interface(s)

                            1 Serial network interface(s)

                            2 Low-speed serial(sync/async) network interface(s)

                            32K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.

                            32768K bytes of processor board System flash (Read/Write)

                            Configuration register is 0x2102

                             

                            Broken face - replaced fan with one from 2600 w/o face

                            128/32

                            cisco 2620XM (MPC860P) processor (revision 0x400) with 126976K/4096K bytes of memory.

                            Processor board ID JMX0849L31F (1066714829)

                            M860 processor: part number 5, mask 2

                            Bridging software.

                            X.25 software, Version 3.0.0.

                            1 FastEthernet/IEEE 802.3 interface(s)

                            1 Serial network interface(s)

                            32K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.

                            32768K bytes of processor board System flash (Read/Write)

                            Configuration register is 0x2102

                             

                            No Face - 128/32

                            cisco 2620XM (MPC860P) processor (revision 0x400) with 126976K/4096K bytes of memory.

                            Processor board ID JMX0849L31D (478572015)

                            M860 processor: part number 5, mask 2

                            Bridging software.

                            X.25 software, Version 3.0.0.

                            1 FastEthernet/IEEE 802.3 interface(s)

                            1 Serial network interface(s)

                            32K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.

                            32768K bytes of processor board System flash (Read/Write)

                            Configuration register is 0x2142

                            • 11. Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question
                              Steve

                              Forgot to mention these 5 routers came with the following totals of serial interfaces -

                              3 x WIC-2Ts

                              4 x WIC 1DSU-T1 ver 2

                               

                              so, in the end, I got those routers plus a 1900 series switch for $150 shipped.  Did I do okay?

                              • 12. Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question
                                ESummers

                                If they're all working I'd say it's still a decent deal.  Make sure all of your cards/ports are working.

                                 

                                32 ports on the Digi should be more than enough.  I still haven't used all 16 ports on my 2511, though I'm getting close. 

                                • 13. Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question
                                  Steve

                                  They all work - cards and routers.

                                   

                                  I am glad to hear that I have an overkill with my Digi.