Recommendations for a CCNP home lab?

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Jul 3rd, 2007

Just looking for some recommendations on home lab equipment to help study for the CCNP exams.

I'm looking to spend $500-$1000 on routers, it seems pretty do-able by going through Ebay. Any recommendations on router platforms? I've heard 2501 / 2520's are the best "bang for your buck".

Now for switches.. In a perfect world I'd find a 3550 on ebay for a decent price, but thats highly unlikely. How about a 2950-12? If I pick up 2 of these switches, what won't I be able to emulate? Inter-vlan routing?

Any help with this is very much appreciated.


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Fraser Reid Wed, 07/04/2007 - 23:19


to perform Inter vlan routing you will need a L3 Switch or a L2+Router-on-a-stick type operation.

If you have the latest CiscoPress books there are home lab lists in there that you "should" use.

Fraser (just passed my CCNP 3 weeks ago)


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