CCNA Home Lab

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Apr 19th, 2007

I'm going to try for the CCNA soon and I want to build a small but effecient home lab. My budget only allows so much :) I can afford (at ebay's current prices) 2 2610's with 64/16 and WIC-1T's and a 2924 switch. Is this enough to get practical hands on experience? And can I mix say a 2501/2503 with my 2610 and go that route for even less?

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desai.jaideep Tue, 04/24/2007 - 02:37


Go in for 2501/2503 as they are cheaper and have the interfaces built in. Moreover, you can look for some 1700 series which would be cheaper then the 2610s.

You need at least 3 routers and one switch for covering most of the CCNA (except ISDN, for which you need to go in for ISDN lines, or ISDN Simulaters)

The correct IOS versions support dynamic routing protocols is a must which you should always check.

If u are going only for the serial and ethernet connectivity, I would suggest that u try a free software called dynagen, which can emulate cisco routers. This software is frequently used by CCIEs.

These will work for 3620/40/60 and 7200. Though the catch is that you need the respective IOS.

Hope that will help.




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