Cisco c3524 switch

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Dec 26th, 2009
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Hi guys,


I am working towards CCNP and starting to build home lab. Just want to know that Cisco WS-C3524-XL-EN is a layer 3 switch and suitable for CCNP labs ? If not, also advise me what switch would be suitable for CCNP level.


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Correct Answer by glen.grant about 7 years 2 months ago

  No it is not , it's an ancient  L2 switch that was built in the mid 1990's  for the access layer  .  If you need a layer 3  switchg for a lab I would look for a 3550, though this is also end of life it should fit your need for L3 functionality  though it might not have the latest QOS, COS functionality of something like a 3560 switch with ipservices  which would cost more than most people would want to invest in for a lab.

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Peter Paluch Sat, 12/26/2009 - 05:23
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Hello,


I am afraid that the 3524XL switch is not suitable for current CCNP. As far as I know, it is only a Layer2 switch. The 3524XL support was discontinued in 2007 and it is completely unsupported by now.


The best switch for building a CCNP lab would be the Catalyst 3560 series - but I am afraid it is way too expensive. You can try to obtain a Catalyst 3550 series switch. It does not support some features (Private VLANs and IPv6 routing if I remember correctly - anybody please correct me here if I am wrong) but the most capabilities are there and it is still fine for CCNP preparations.


Best regards,

Peter

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glen.grant Sat, 12/26/2009 - 05:23
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  No it is not , it's an ancient  L2 switch that was built in the mid 1990's  for the access layer  .  If you need a layer 3  switchg for a lab I would look for a 3550, though this is also end of life it should fit your need for L3 functionality  though it might not have the latest QOS, COS functionality of something like a 3560 switch with ipservices  which would cost more than most people would want to invest in for a lab.

tahir1234 Sat, 12/26/2009 - 06:09
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Thanks guys for reply and all is extremely helpful.

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