whats the best routers to use from CCNA up through CCNP?

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May 22nd, 2007

Also include the switches that equally required!

Thank you guys,


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If you don't have much of a budget, I would recommend at least a 1710 for the router. You can get them cheap from ebay, and as long as you have the memory for it, you can do quite a bit with them. For a switch, a 2950 normally works pretty good. If you have a little more money to spend, I would look into a 2801 and a 3550 combination.

Hope this helps.

vmzyece1977 Tue, 05/22/2007 - 14:33

Thanks very much for your prompt reply. Hey, I have heard about the 2950 catalyst switches but i havent heard about 1710 routers as regards to CCNA/CCNP combination, are they better than 2600 series ?

vmzyece1977 Thu, 05/24/2007 - 09:40

Thank yuu again.

So, what will be the detailed actual lab comprise of ? What type of of 2600s do i need? What should be their interfaces be like ?

Thank guys

opers13 Thu, 05/24/2007 - 11:57

I have a 3640 with 128/32 running IOS Firewall 12.4 for sale.

I also have nm-1fe-tx and nm-4a/s cards...

This is a great router for ccna, ccnp, ccsp, ccie

let me know

dgoodridge Fri, 05/25/2007 - 00:28

In terms of router interfaces I would recommend a serial interface in each along with a DCE/DTE cable to allow lots of serial simulation.

Having 2x Ethernets (or FaEth) in one unit would also be a major help and would allow you to experiment with diffent routing/trunking combinations without being limited to the standard 'router on a stick' scenario.

The mecca of test switch kit would be a multi-layer switch (3550, 3750 etc) but obviously these can be pricey if you can't borrow one. The 2950 can be a little restrictive in some areas, like it's inability to do ISL trunking but otherwise is a good solid switch to test on.

Hope that helps,



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