I'm thinking about building a home-lab to play (at the same time earning CCNP for it). I've been looking around for articles and suggestions and the most recent ones is 10-page $800-$1200-$1600 article on network world by Mr. Odom Wendell. However, that's about 8 months old and there might be newer equipments/suggestions that are more suitable.
Can somebody suggest what models/quantity of routers & switches/IOS version/features I am looking for. Yes. I know of simulators, gns3 etc, and I do not want to go that route. Not because I'm too rich. But, I learn better with the real thing. Anyway, here are some of my requirements.
1. My goal is CCNP only for now. Might probably sell it back after a year (don't mind losing up to 50% of the value). Or might add more stuffs and go to CCIE, but, unlikely.
2. I need to be able to practice 100% (or 99.9%) of everything & scenarios for all exams of CCNP (wireless, advanced ip, sdm, layer 3, ipv6, vpn, frame relay cloud etc).
3. Even though money should be no issue up to about $4K max. However, I don't want to drop 4K when 2K would cover 100% of CCNP exam. That's wasteful.
Right now, I like the list posted in the comment section of network world article by Shaun. This is his Uber setup!
2 x 3550 w/ EMI
2 x 2950T
4 x 3640
2 x 2621
1 x 2511
2 x 877W
That's already about $4K. Am I missing something? Any substitution, removal, addition from this list?