I am new to CCIE lab and I have 1 3620,3 2516, 1 2501. I don't have much to spend, so want to keep as low as possible.
I'd like to hear your expertise as to which switches or routers I need to buy?
I know this is more a subjective question. I want to get to a point where both experimental scope and expense are reasonable.
simulator is okay, but there's nothing like having the real thing baby!
there's just a lot of different anomolies you can run into with running on real gear. I've seen bad dram, bad nvram, all sorts of weird things happen with bad modules. if you REALLY want to learn, get yourself some real equipment.