I have access to a test lab at work which has a 5000 and a 5500 router and a number of switches (2950, 3500, 3750).
I want to start studying/practicing for the BSCI exam and I want to confirm that I have everything required to do so.
All of the CCNA/P lab advice I have found on the net says you need 2500/2600 routers with serial ports. The 5000 and 5500 don't have serial ports, just a heap of fibre and fast ethernet ports. Am I missing out on anything if I don't have any serial ports on my routers? Can I configure one of the fibre ports with the same commands as a serial port on a 2600?
I've read that you should really have 3 routers. Should I pick up a 2620 and use it's fast ethernet port to connect it to the other 2 routers via a switch?
I assume the reason everyone (including my local Cisco Network Academy) use 2500/2600 routers is because they are the cheapest available?
Sorry if these are stupid questions but in our production environment everything is connected via fibre or ethernet so i've never needed to configure serial ports other than in a classroom environment.
Any advice is appreciated.