Switches for BCMSN Exam

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Apr 8th, 2008

Hi All,

Just wondering what you could recommend for switches for the BCMSN exam? I've looked at the cisco suggested lab, but I was hoping to find the 'lowest cost' switches possible, that would cover most of what I need to learn...

Barring that any suggested rack rentals for this endavour?



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Istvan_Rabai Tue, 04/08/2008 - 09:32

Hi Brad,

The lowest cost switches that would be enough for the preparation for BCMSN exam may be the following, in my opinion:

Catalyst 3560-8PC:

8 Ethernet 10/100 ports with PoE and 1 dual purpose 10/100/1000 and small form-factor pluggable (SFP) port; compact form-factor with no fan


8 Ethernet 10/100 ports and 1 dual-purpose uplink



srue Tue, 04/08/2008 - 09:50

you can probably find a 24 port 3550 on ebay for much cheaper than you will find the 8 port 3560's. Those would be just as good.

jrensink78 Tue, 04/08/2008 - 12:50

You would probably want to procure a full switch block. Getting 2- 3550 switches with the EMI image should be good for your layer 3 switches. A couple of 2950s would probably work well for your access level switches.


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