Home Lab Catalyst 5505 - is it a good choice??

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Jul 19th, 2007
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Hi All,


i am about to but a 5505 with the following cards installed:


System rack contains:-


1 x Power Supply Module

Slot 1.WS X5530-E3A Supervisor engine

WS U53534 GESX 1000 Base SX Gbit Ethernet

Slot 2.WS-X5225R 24 port 10/100BaseTx

Slot 3.WS-X5224 24 port switching module

Slot 4.WS-X5213A 10/100 MPS Fast Ethernet

switching module

Slot 5. WS-X5302 Route switch module



I am thinking of buying it for a home Lab study.

Do you think it will be a good study tool, or bad one (End of life, no support etc?)


I am hoping to be able to use this switch for routing, gig, 100meg, vlans etc in order for hands on practice for my ccna and hopefully higher exams later on?


Any advice on this purchase would be great.



Thanks,


Nathan.

Oxford UK

Correct Answer by ellis_b about 9 years 8 months ago

Nathan,


Why dont you take a look at a catalyst 3560 instead? I think that will be MUCH more beneficial for you to learn on. I don't think the power bill for the 5505 is even worth it if you got it for free...


just my $.02


-brad

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jrensink78 Tue, 07/24/2007 - 13:27
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Does that even support IOS? If it does, I can pretty much guarantee that it doesn't run current software versions. We have one of those and it's running a pretty old version of CatOS.


I would put your money into equipment that's more current.

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ellis_b Thu, 07/26/2007 - 17:36
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Nathan,


Why dont you take a look at a catalyst 3560 instead? I think that will be MUCH more beneficial for you to learn on. I don't think the power bill for the 5505 is even worth it if you got it for free...


just my $.02


-brad

bcochran444 Sat, 08/25/2007 - 07:15
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5505's are cheap, I got one for less than $100 with 3 48port FE cards in it. But I feel it was kind of a waste.

I can't seem to get the hang of catOS, and found out that I have to buy a RSM to do anything layer 3 with it... and the cheapest RSM for the 5505 I've found was like $180 which is more than I paid for the whole box..

I would like to get a 3550, but the cheapest ones I can find are like $700-800

I would recomend against getting a 5505.

jorgenolla Sun, 08/26/2007 - 17:36
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For CCNA there is no need for you to get a Layer 3 Switch. You will be more than equipped with a couple of 2950s; these will also work for CCNP labs: STP, VTP, RSTP, MIRSTP, and so on.


Layer 3 switches will be need for your CCNP in MPLS. By that time you should get a couple of 3560 to complement the two 2950s.


Do not get the 3550s, they do not support IPv6 routing on MPLS.


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