For me to get ready for BCMSN, can you tell me what devices are needed?
1) Do I need a wireless controllers? If so what's model that you would recommend? I saw the lab diagram in Cisco site, it recommends a light weight wireless controller.
2) Do I need a Aironet APs or can I use some other brand APs. If I need Aironet, what model that you would suggest?
3) Can I use 3550 & 2950 switches or do I need 3560 & 2960 switches? If so, how many should I have minimum to have a good lab?
Thanks in advance!
Do NOT waste your money on a wireless controller or access point for study purposes. It is such a small part of the test for how much you would have to spend (close to $1000). You could take the test 6 times over for that amount of money. Just read about them in the Cisco Press books and you should get by well enough.
I used 2- 3550 and 2- 2950 switches in my home lab for the BCMSN and that worked great. You don't need the 3560/2960 models. This setup let me follow along with pretty much all of the labs in the Cisco Press Lab Companion book. Also, having 2 of each lets you create a full switch block.
Good luck in your studies! I really enjoyed that test.