Your choice of core routers for CCIE home lab

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Sep 25th, 2007

Heya hombres:

Am building me ahome lab and trying to get some core routers. I can't decide whether to get them 2610xm, 2511xm, 2621 or 3640 routers. I got some 2500s for backbone and got the 3550 switches along with FR and AS.

Any suggestion would be highly appreciated and rated.

Thanks

Shaun

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ellis_b Wed, 09/26/2007 - 10:53

If you can go with the 2610XM routers, that would be ideal in case new IOS comes out that requires the memory capacity of the XM routers. Since the 3640 is EOL, I wouldn't count on a 12.5 release of IOS for that (although you never know). XM routers are definitely a safer bet depending on how far you are from taking your lab exam. I personally went with 2811s in our CCIE training lab because of the expandability of these routers.

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lonenomad Wed, 09/26/2007 - 11:40

Thanks Brad for the suggestion. Initially I didn't think a 2610xm would suffice for the current CCIE lab. I guess I can still use them.

Shaun

lonenomad Wed, 09/26/2007 - 17:24

I have Dynampis but haven't used it. I will get four 3550 switch and try it out with four 3640 routers using dynampis and have two physical 2600xm

Thanks Cyphur for the info.

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