What is the best way to connect this home lab?

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Jan 16th, 2010

Hello and thanks in advance for any assistance. I've purhcased the following for a home lab and would like to know the best way to connect them:


2 - 2610 32MB/8MB with WIC 2A/S and WIC-1DSU-T1


1 - 2924M-XL-EN

I'm also considering purchasing another 2924M-XL-EN. For CCNA studies, would it benefit me more to purcahse this other switch or another router? Either case please provide the best way to include whichever component into this network.

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Correct Answer by Ganesh Hariharan about 7 years 3 days ago


You mean terminal server or DNS server if terminal server then few hardware needs to be required to connect and make it usable as Terminal server,check out the below link hope this clear out your query!!




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Ganesh Hariharan Sun, 01/17/2010 - 00:32


check out the below link for connecting WIC-1DSU-T1 with other devices.


As you have purchased 2 cisco 2610 routers it will be helpful for all routing labs and two cisco 2950 is enough for switch labs like stp rstp and others.but if you see in books genrally they used to deisgn and explain with three switches,so if the purchase is under budget fo another cisco 2950 switch then go ahead so that you can have clear undersating and troubleshoot for all switch realted issue for lab practices.

Hope that clear out your query !!

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lleon0027 Sun, 01/17/2010 - 17:54

Thanks for the reply. I have purchased the second 2950 switch. I will purchase a third after I take the INCD1 exam. I will also purchase a third router at that time and am thinking about the 2620xm. I see it supports SDM, IPv6, and other things covered on the INCD2 exam. Can it also be used as an access server?

lleon0027 Mon, 01/18/2010 - 02:50

Thanks for your reply. I have purchased a Cisco 3640 router w/NM-1E2W,NM-1E1R2W and a 2912 switch. I see the 3640 has all features covered on current CCNA exam. That leaves me with 3 routers and 3 switches. I'm done spending money until I pass the exam

Ganesh Hariharan Mon, 01/18/2010 - 03:52

Hi ,

It's more than enough for completeing CCNP lab and CCIE routing practise with 3 routers and 3 switches.Any way All the very best for your exam.




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