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I have just managed to pick up a pair of 3550s, great news.

But I have the option of the following aswell 3620, 2650 and 2620.

I already have a couple of 2600s.

Firstly I am struggling finding what I need to know.

OK I will get a 2511 or 2509 as a terminal server, is there a 2600 equivalent?

Secondly is it worth me taking the 3620, 2650 or 2620? I cant find the number of WICs each model supports and ideally I am looking for something for frame relay like a 3640 with 2 WIC-2Ts.

Can anyone recommend what I am missing to get a good CCNP lab.

Oh I will also look out for a 3650 aswell.



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jim_berlow Thu, 09/18/2008 - 15:53

Hi Pete,

For the terminal server, I would stick to a 2511 if I was you. Basically this router will only act as a term server in your lab so you can save your hard earned $$'s for other gear in your lab. I do believe that there is a 2600 option, but you won't gain anything by wasting a better router as a term server.

The 3620 and 2620s are good devices to have in your lab (I can't remember what the 2650 has so I won't comment on it). The 3620 contains 2 network module slots (and no on-board ports) and the 2620 has 1 network module, 2 WIC slots, and 1 Fast Ethernet on-board port. The 3620 by itself really has no capabilities - there are not even onboard ports to use. You will need to buy network modules and then compatible WICs to install in those modules. This is an area where you might spend some money.

Your life is a little easier with the 2620 in that you can purchase just the compatible WICs as there are 2 WIC slots built into the chassis (no need to buy a NM).

Here's a secret of mine - for your frame relay switch buy a 2610 and a NM-8AS (8 serial port network module). You will save some major $$s doing it this way and you will be able to do nearly every frame relay configuration you see in your books. Trust me on that one - this is the best way to go and you will be glad you did it this way.

Good start on your lab. Wherever you can try to stay with Fast Ethernet.

Good Luck,


tperrier Fri, 09/19/2008 - 00:51

Actually, for the frame-relay switch in a lab, the old and cheap 2522 (1 Ethernet and 10 serials) is ideal.

I second Jim's idea of the 2511 as the perfect and cheapest terminal server.

whiteford Fri, 09/19/2008 - 02:07

Hi, sorry for the "junior" question here what is the terminal server?

whiteford Fri, 09/19/2008 - 04:32

What a great Idea, I guess ebay is they way to go for one of these.



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