Building practice lab for CCNP

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May 16th, 2008
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I'm looking at biulding a practice lab for CCNP

I'm looking at around 4 1721 with WIC-1T's loaded, is anything above and beyond IOS with IP needed?

2 cat's 2900's would round it out. Being a university student doing it in my spare time obviously I want to keep cost to a relative minimum (but I still prefer physical routers rather than simulators)

1700 series seem the best 'fit' for me as they're not too large (physically) and available relatively cheaply on ebay.

Any other suggestions?

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serajuds05 Sat, 05/17/2008 - 02:31
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CCNP tests especially routing and switching can be quite challenging.

Firstly, the type of router matters because of the IOS it can run. The test requires IOS 12.4. Requirement for this ios on routers is 128D/32F.

Next to jump to interfaces that will use this IOS.

Finally there's a wireless compoent as well in the test BCMSN and ONT.

My advice is brace up because it's financially challenging far more than writing a CCNA test.

sirdudesly Sat, 05/17/2008 - 02:34
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what sort of hardware do you suggest looking at, I would of thought that "fully loaded" 1700 series were the cheapest option.

sirdudesly Sun, 05/18/2008 - 16:55
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I thought i'd keep you guys posted with what i've bought,

So far all I've bought is a 1803 with IOS 12.4 loaded advsec

All for a nice sum of US$500 (AU$520) seemed like a good deal.

It should be here in a couple of days, appears to be ex department of defence.


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