I started to take CCVP classes and due to my long commute from home ot work I really dont have time to go to school for hands on practice. I want to setup a decent lab at home and need some detail information as to what equipment i showed buy.
my suggestion on Cisco Voip home lab for building knowledge and testing purposes and also getting the first step in this field without paying a lot of money, mainly if u get the following items u can cover most of Cisco Callamanger-ip telephony configuration areas and really u will be able to design and implement at least a single site Cisco ip telephony project:
1: cisco callmanager 4.x virtual machine (VMWare), install it on any capable pc or server.
2: cisco ip communicator (softphone installed on ur pc) or if u would like to work on physical ip phones, u have to buy cisco ip phones (note that it works without license for home lab purposes so don't worry about phones licensing). also to power ip phones u need either a poe switch or power adapter for each ip phone or even active patch panel (that gives power on 4,5,7,8 pins).
3: if u want to go outside (calls to pstn) in ur testings u have to buy a small series gateway (1700 is ok or start with 2800 ISR's series) download a voice grade ios. and a FXO card (say 2 ports PN: VIC2-2FXO), just plug it (RJ11) with ur telephone line box on the wall.
4: u have to start reading callmanager system and admin guides in addition to callmanager SRND.
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