Looking for a switch for my home lab

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Oct 28th, 2008
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I am starting to collect hardware to prepare for the CCNP cert.. i found a WS-C3548-XL-EN Switch would this be a good choice for this?, and how many should i get?..(i also may use this to pursue ccie too)

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Amit Singh Tue, 10/28/2008 - 21:40
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For CCNP, you can take couple of these to practice all the basic layer 2 features. If you want advanced features like RSTP, MSTP, dot1q tunnel etc. you might need atleast 4-5 of these switches. I would say it depends on what topology you will be setting up for practice. You might also need a L3 switch switch 3550/3560/3750 for L3 features.

For CCIE, you need atleast 4 L3 capable switches two of these would be 3550 and rest can be either 3560 or 3750 switches.

-amit singh


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