I'm trying to assemble equipment for a personal training lab to get handson as I work on CCVP. I'm still at an early stage and would like to ask some advice...
To date I have:
- One 2801 router with CME and Unity Express AIM with VIC2-2FXO and a 4 port POE ethernet card
- A few 7940 IP phones and some analog ones
- ATA186 unit
- Virtualized CCM 4.2(3) Call Manager Server cluster and Unity Server running on VMWare workstation
First question... how to best emulate the PSTN? I notice the Cisco Academy's use the Adtran Atlas 550. I'm guessing these are not cheap but is it the best way to do practice PRI / BRI config's and low level debug tests? (Short of having the real thing of course)
I'm debating getting a second 2801 router with SRST image to practice that configuration.
I would also like to be able to practice configuration of FXS,FXO,E/M,DID,BRI,PRI,etc
Seems I could do this on the 2801 if I had the following cards. Now I realize that the 2801 can only hold 4 cards at a time but if i swap them out as needed for doing specific labs it should be fine.
VWIC-1MFT-T1 1-Port RJ-48 Multiflex Trunk-T1 (Voice and WAN)
VWIC-1MFT-E1 1-Port RJ-48 Multiflex Trunk-E1 (Voice and WAN)
VIC2-2BRI-NT/TE 2-port BRI voice/fax interface card (configurable for either network or terminal side)
VIC-2DID 2-port DID (direct inward dial) voice/fax interface card
VIC2-2E/M 2-port E&M voice/fax interface card
VIC2-2FXS 2-port FXS voice/fax interface card
VIC2-2FXO 2-port FXO voice/fax interface card
Should I be giving consideration to anything else here? This may seem like a basic question but can one use the equivalent of a T1 "Crossover Cable" to establish the "WAN link" between two T1 cards?
Thanks much for any advice...