Switches - CCNA/CCENT

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Nov 19th, 2007
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Hello all! I'd like to ask a question that has been discussed at length somewhat, but I'd like a definitive answer given the new test requirements.

What switch(s) would work for a home lab with (3)2500 series routers and (1) 2600 series - in preparation for the CCENT/CCNA? I know that I will need 3 switches to complete a STP loop - but I wanted to know which models would be satisfactory on a limited budget.


2912? 2924? 2950? I have gotten confilcting answers and would like clarification. Your help is greatly appreciated!!!


Thanks in advance!


-Daryn

Correct Answer by tperrier about 9 years 4 months ago

2950 is fine for CCNA, true.

But on the other hand, the average 3550's price has been crashing through the roof in a few months on eBay (at least in Europe, probably elsewhere too). I'll be selling my two 3550s for half of what I paid for them last year (that hurts!). The puzzling thing being that there's not an inordinate amount of offer there. So it's demand which must have decreased, and I wonder why...

Correct Answer by Kevin Dorrell about 9 years 4 months ago

I would say the 2950 is adequate.


If you go on to study for CCNP or CCIE, you will need some layer-3 switches, and those are still very expensive. But in that case your 2950 investment would not be entirely wasted - you can emulate a layer-3 switch by adding a cheap router such as 2610 on a trunk port, and using it as a router-on-a-stick.


Kevin Dorrell

Luxembourg


Correct Answer by ocicat002 about 9 years 4 months ago

If you read the ICND1 & ICND2 textbooks closely, you will find that Wendell uses 2960's in all his examples. However as ellis_b's earlier response, 2950's are sufficient & a whole lot cheaper. For the purpose of CCNA, the only (significant) difference is that the 2960's have more sophisticated uplinks.

Correct Answer by ellis_b about 9 years 4 months ago

2950-12 would be perfect. they are cheap, and are not EOL. I see them for $99-$129 /pc on ebay at the moment.


-brad

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ellis_b Mon, 11/19/2007 - 19:26
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2950-12 would be perfect. they are cheap, and are not EOL. I see them for $99-$129 /pc on ebay at the moment.


-brad

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ocicat002 Mon, 11/19/2007 - 22:50
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If you read the ICND1 & ICND2 textbooks closely, you will find that Wendell uses 2960's in all his examples. However as ellis_b's earlier response, 2950's are sufficient & a whole lot cheaper. For the purpose of CCNA, the only (significant) difference is that the 2960's have more sophisticated uplinks.

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Kevin Dorrell Tue, 11/20/2007 - 00:39
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I would say the 2950 is adequate.


If you go on to study for CCNP or CCIE, you will need some layer-3 switches, and those are still very expensive. But in that case your 2950 investment would not be entirely wasted - you can emulate a layer-3 switch by adding a cheap router such as 2610 on a trunk port, and using it as a router-on-a-stick.


Kevin Dorrell

Luxembourg


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tperrier Tue, 11/20/2007 - 07:13
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2950 is fine for CCNA, true.

But on the other hand, the average 3550's price has been crashing through the roof in a few months on eBay (at least in Europe, probably elsewhere too). I'll be selling my two 3550s for half of what I paid for them last year (that hurts!). The puzzling thing being that there's not an inordinate amount of offer there. So it's demand which must have decreased, and I wonder why...

daryn1981 Tue, 11/20/2007 - 09:49
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Thank you for your prompt responses! I appreciate the help, sincerely.


One more point of clarification - are the 2912 XL-EN switches insufficient? I'm asking because I find them for very cheap on ebay, and I wonder could I get by with one or two of those in addition to the 2950 switch to perform spanning tree?


Thanks!


-Daryn

ellis_b Tue, 11/20/2007 - 09:56
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Yes, it will do 802.1D spanning tree, but it will not grow with you towards your future lab requirements. The 2950-12s are so cheap and can do so much more (especially w/ regards to QOS). I suppose if the 2912XLs are cheap enough, they are better than no switch at all! :)


-brad

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pipemajor Tue, 11/20/2007 - 10:07
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Agree. I just snared a NEW 2950-12 for $150 on eBay. My lab originally came with a 1900 switch. No reference whatsoever on the CCNA materials for the 1900s.

ellis_b Tue, 11/20/2007 - 10:06
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Better yet, let me put it to you this way:


The 2912XL is kind of like a 60 year old ex-prostitute: sure, she had her uses back in the day, but would you really want her services now even if they were just a little cheaper than the 20 year old Vegas escort?


(sorry, I couldnt resist the analogy)

daryn1981 Tue, 11/20/2007 - 12:09
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Hillarious, but highly effective analogy! Thanks for the help again!

:)

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