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Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question

Apr 27, 2012 8:53 AM

Steve 7 posts since
Apr 27, 2012

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.

  • Scott Morris - CCDE/4xCCIE/2xJNCIE 8,429 posts since
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    1. Apr 27, 2012 9:40 AM (in response to Steve)
    Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question

    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

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  • arteq 1,766 posts since
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    2. Apr 27, 2012 9:59 AM (in response to Steve)
    Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question

    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

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  • ESummers 313 posts since
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    3. Apr 27, 2012 11:13 AM (in response to arteq)
    Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question

    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.

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  • Scott Morris - CCDE/4xCCIE/2xJNCIE 8,429 posts since
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    4. Apr 27, 2012 11:23 AM (in response to ESummers)
    Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question

    He went old-school. 

     

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

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  • arteq 1,766 posts since
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    5. Apr 27, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to ESummers)
    Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question

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

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  • arteq 1,766 posts since
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    6. Apr 27, 2012 11:43 AM (in response to arteq)
    Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question

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

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  • arteq 1,766 posts since
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    8. Apr 27, 2012 5:18 PM (in response to Steve)
    Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question

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

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    9. Apr 27, 2012 10:52 PM (in response to Steve)
    Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question

    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.

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  • ESummers 313 posts since
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    12. May 2, 2012 10:14 AM (in response to Steve)
    Re: Finished CCNA - on to CCNP w/lab question

    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. 

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