Looking to begin lab purchases for the CCIE RS.
Would like to know if 1841 routers would provide features necessary for lab practice - BGP, MPLS, etc.
Also would 12-port 3560s provide enough ports for STP, Etherchannel, etc. labs?
Or would the 24-port ones be recommended?
Thanks for any help provided.
1841 will meet your needs as they support the necessary WAN/LAN modules and 12.4(T)
As for the 3560s, you need more than 12 ports for a 4 switch design. Usually, you allocate 9 switchports just for inter-switch links on each switch. You need more ports for BB and other routers.