9 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2012 12:59 PM by Martin RSS

    Cisco gear for CCNP


      Hi everyone,


      I've currently got x3 2950's from my CCNA studies and I'm thinking about picking up a 3550 for my NP. do you think one 3550 is enough?

        • 1. Re: Cisco gear for CCNP

          The 3550 is okay, but you will not be able to work with Private Vlans.

                        3560  will do the PVLANs.


          Also, if you can afford it, I would get a couple:   2x3650   or  1x3550/1x3560.

          I only say this, because the prices are coming down a little (ebay).......and because then you can practice more features  with more than one switch in the mix.  (i.e.   DHCP Snooping , PVLANs,  VACLs, PVI)


          Selling them later should not be a problem either.


          edit:  corrected transposed numbers   3650    should have been 3560

          • 2. Re: Cisco gear for CCNP

            Yes, c3550 are good for about 97% of exam; you need 2 of those; if you can get at least 1 of c3560 that would be great.


            for Route exam, u can use GNS3. 

            • 3. Re: Cisco gear for CCNP

              Thanks for the reply's. I'll have a search on eBay for a couple of 3560's.


              El Tigre - did you also mean the 3560?



              • 4. Re: Cisco gear for CCNP

                Hi Daryl,

                Yes.  I transposed the numbers.    


                Also, if you get at least one of them with PoE, you can add a Wireless AP or IP Phone -- and work with "power inline".   Just another detail to look for while shopping.   I have been watch ebay myself lately.   ;-)



                I will edit my message above to give the correct switch -  3560.

                • 5. Re: Cisco gear for CCNP

                  3550 is a good switch, however if you can get 3560-24T-E is even better, get a pair of 3560 if you got more money.

                  3560 can do VTPv3 and private vlan...oh yeah and also ipv6 unicast routing....I remember 3550 cannot do ipv6 even you do sdm template adjustment.

                  • 6. Re: Cisco gear for CCNP

                    Wow the 3560's are not cheap! I'm from the uk so I'm looking at around £250 per switch

                    • 7. Re: Cisco gear for CCNP

                      Yes, that sounds about right.  They are a little bit more to get outside the states (smaller market plus transportation).  


                      I currently live outside the States, so I  have the same situation (I will have to pay a little more).   I am thinking about upgrading my lab (ccie studies).  That is why I have been watching eBay.  ;-)


                      But if you are going to invest money, it is good to at least understand the difference, and if it is worth it.    Also, once you get through your CCNP certification, they should be easy to resell to other students in the UK.

                      • 8. Re: Cisco gear for CCNP

                        If you are planning on going on to your CCIE you might want to grab the 3560 now anyways because you will need it later on.  All the best!

                        • 9. Re: Cisco gear for CCNP

                          CCIE is due for revision later this year (maybe); so gear may change and prices are falling for used c3560, therefore buying now is not so opportunistic as buying later when absolutely needed.


                          Prices are aroung $300 - $400 on US Ebay.