CCNA Lab setup recommendations: Have equipment

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Feb 15th, 2007

I am currently prepping for CCNA test and will most likely head for a CCNP and CCSP in the future.

Currently, I have the following equipment at home:

2610 router

1720 router

PIX 501 firewall

What I would like to do is setup some type of lab at home that I can play with. I have a cable modem connection, so I was thinking I could some how tie this all together in a mini-network so I could practice. Maybe I could even get a switch of some sort.

Things I want to learn:

-PIX/ASA Firewalls (have 6.3 on the PIX)

-routing, routing protocols, routed protocols

-IOS using CLI

Anything else that will help prep for my CCNA test.

Is their a suggested curriculum out their, a lab book of some sort that would help me put together some scenarios?

Does anyone have recommendations on how I could setup my lab while hooked up to my cable modem?

Something like:

modem --> PIX --> 2610 --> 1720 --> LAN

Any recommendations are appreciated.



I have this problem too.
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ellis_b Thu, 02/15/2007 - 22:00


What I suggest you purchase is a 2511 or 2509 and then connect that via the ethernet to your pix. Setup a static nat for port 23 to your public ip address. Then, connect the 2511 or 09 via an octal cable to the devices in your lab (the 1720 and 2610). I recommend you purchase a 2950 switch as well. That should give you a good start and provide remote access to your home lab.


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