Can someone please tell me how to connect a home lab together.
I have a Cisco Home Lab that I need to know how to connect for my CCNA Studies.
This is the equipment:
(1)2621 (2-10/100FE, 1-Wic-2T)
(1)2524 (1-FT1/T1 CSU/DSU, 1-S/Sdb60, 1-AUI /
(1)2520 (2-S/S, 2-A/S, 1-AUI/ethernet, 1- 10bT, 1-Bri)
(1)2514 (2-AUI/ethernet, 2-S/S db60)
(1)2511 (2-A/S, 2-S/S, 1-AUI/ethernet)
I would greatly appreciate any input. You can email me if you like at firstname.lastname@example.org]. Thanks
There are many ways of connecting this kit together depending on the topology you want to test. Indeed, connecting the kit together is a useful training exercise in itself.
One approach is to buy a workbook and to connect it all together according to case studies it contains. Once it is all connected together and you have completed the lab, go on to do another lab. You might need to re-cable, or or might simply need to adapt the lab exercise to the cabling you have already set up. Either way, it is a useful training exercise.
Get yourself a set uf useful cables. For the serial connections you will need some DB60-DB60 DTE-DCE cross cables. I bought a nice set of 10 short ones (1m or 3 ft) that cost me only $10 each. For the Ethernets you will need some plain short cables, and maybe a few crossed ones for switch-to-switch or router-to-router connections.
One thing you seem to be missing from your lab is a terminal server. That is extremely useful because it will allow you to connect to all the consoles at the same time, and have a window on your PC for each box in your lab. A suitable model would be 2509, 2509-RJ, 2512, or 2512-RJ. If you get the non-RJ model, don't forget to get an octal cable to connect your consoles as well.
I hope that helps. If you have any more specific questions, please just come back with them.