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swmorris Fri, 03/23/2007 - 04:54

The short answer is as many as you can. The longer answer really depends on whose workbook (practice labs) you want to center around.

For the most part, I believe the various vendors' labs center around four switches (3550/3560) and nine routers (which will include the backbone routers.

But as you are just getting started, I'd say three routers are a good place to do some mini-scenarios. Then expand from there.



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Danilo Dy Sun, 03/25/2007 - 01:35

That could be a big investment, take note of the following also;

- Power supply that these devices will eat up.

- The right model

- The necessary line types and modules (ATM, FR, etc..)

- The right IOS

- Take note that these devices may fail while you haven't finish preparing for the Lab Exam. You may need to purchase hardware maintenance.

Well, if you have the $$$ that depends on what workbook you are going to use, IPExpert or InternetworkExpert.

However, there is a more inexpensive way of preparing for it. Rack Rentals for IPExpert and/or InternetworkExpert workbook.

swmorris Sun, 03/25/2007 - 09:40

Absolutely correct! And the overall budget should be part of your consideration in choosing which path!

The benefits of purchasing your own is that you can use them any time you want without asking, and can use them for other things after passing.

The benefits of renting rack space is that you can save LOTS of money! And you're guaranteed to get the topology necessary for whatever workbook you happen to be using.



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