3550 or 3560 8 port

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Feb 13th, 2008

Hi every one, i am preparing for my CCIE lab, the switches are very expensive here, even the used 3550 costs more then 80k pkr, i found 3560 8 port quite economical but i was told that we couldnt change the IOS and its not feasible for CCIE preparation, so what do you guys think ? does it lack the set of features or is it ok to buy it ??

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srue Thu, 02/14/2008 - 06:04

i've been wondering about the same thing actually. It looks like the 3560-8PC does support the advanced IP services image.

The oldest image available is c3560-advipservicesk9-mz.122-35.SE1.bin, while the newest image is c3560-advipservicesk9-mz.122-44.SE.bin.

I think some people were concerned that there just weren't enough ports for some of the bigger labs, but I honestly don't know. Although it says it's an 8port switch, it's actually an 8+1(uplink), giving you 9 ports actaully.

svermill Tue, 02/26/2008 - 16:38

It's possible but it will take some additional work on your part. Will you be using a vendor workbook? If so, which one? I was able to adapt most of the InternetworkExpert labs for my lab, which consists of 4 x 3560-PC switches. And yes, I passed. But it took a LOT of extra work and hassle.

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