Kindly help enumerate the differences between the Catalyst 3524 and Catalyst 3550 running EMI image.
Someone once said that the SMI or EMI images aren't available for the XL switches. It applies to non-XL switches like, 3550 or 3560.
Is this correct?
Can I use the Catalyst 3524 (Cisco WS-C3524-XL-EN) as part of my CCIE R&S home lab?
The main difference, I'd say, is that the 3550 is a layer 3 switch, whereas the 3524 can't do any routing. Also QoS, etc.
A 3524 for a CCIE lab wouldn't be very helpful... You should be looking for at least a couple 3550s or 3560s.