LAB guide CCNA

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Nov 20th, 2007

I am looking for a lab book /guide to setup a small lab so my collegues and I can practice for the CCNA. We have

4 - 2600 routers

2 - 3600 routers

2 - 3550 switches

2 - 2950 switches

1 - 4000 switch

I just need some advise on how to set it up.

I have this problem too.
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ellis_b Tue, 11/20/2007 - 10:32

Have you taken a look at the Cisco press study guide? I believe there are some lab scenarios in there for you:

That should help or at least get you going in the right direction.

Just make sure you have the correct interfaces for your 2600s and 3600s, and some back-to-back serial x-over cables.

If you want a bit more advanced labs to tackle, we have a technology workbook which is quite a bit more advanced than CCNA, but it has some good technology based scenarios for you to do:



tamisha Tue, 11/20/2007 - 10:38

Thanks for responding Brad, will your labs work with this equipment or would we have to upgrade?

ellis_b Tue, 11/20/2007 - 10:41

Depends on what modules you have. You'll need a frame-relay switch of some sort (the 3640s with an NM-4T, NM-4A/S, or NM-8A/S would work) and you'll also want a terminal server to make your life easier (like a 2511).

tamisha Tue, 11/20/2007 - 11:04

the 3640 have NM-8A/S cards as well as ISDN BRI S/T cards. I also have 4 Wic-T1 cards a nd 1 wic-t2 card.

ellis_b Tue, 11/20/2007 - 11:09

you probably wont use the BRI S/T cards unless you have an ISDN simulator, and since ISDN has been removed from CCNA and CCIE, I wouldn't spend the money on it.

You mentioned WIC-T1 cards..did you actually mean WIC-1Ts, or do you have WIC-1DSU-T1 cards?

tamisha Tue, 11/20/2007 - 11:13

WIC-T1, i do have access to a 1721 router with a WIC-1DSU-T1 card

ellis_b Tue, 11/20/2007 - 11:15

I'm assuming you mean WIC-1T (and not WIC-T1).

Okay, then you will also need some db60 to db60 back to back cables, and a couple of db60 to smart serial back to back cables. This will let you connect your routers together.

You can use the 1721 router to inject routes into the network via ethernet. Unless you have a CSU/DSU or another WIC-1DSU-T1, the single WIC-1DSU-T1 won't do you much good. If you get another one, then you can build a T1 x-over cable.


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