Upgrading a 2501 for CCNP LAB?

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I have a lab with 5 routers. I recently picked up a couple of 2501's with 11.1 IOS. My question is, is it worth the 50 bucks to upgrade the DRAM and Flash so I can install 12.3 IOS? I have 2 2610XM's that will provide good functionality for practice, so I am thinking that it won't matter that much to leave the 2501's at 11.1, since they are mainly just to add hops. Will there be any problems/limitations with having an older IOS?

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Correct Answer by Reza Sharifi about 6 years 9 months ago

Steve,

No, I would spend the upgrade money to buy a couple of 2600 instead even if you have to pay a few more $.  They go for about $50 to $70 on Ebay.

HTH

Reza

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Reza Sharifi Sat, 02/20/2010 - 17:06

Steve,

The 2500 series routers are very old and you can not upgrade the flash to more then 16M.  It is also a very very slow router (for these days).

and comes with only a 10Mb Ethernet interface and 2 serial. You also have to use and EUI interface to convert the port to RJ45 to be able to use it.

I would look an Ebay for 2600 possibly 2621 which will give you 2 10/100 native Ethernet interfaces.

The 2522 it is a good choice if you want to build a frame-relay and the 2509 and 2511 are good as terminal servers.

HTH

Reza

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Reza Sharifi Sat, 02/20/2010 - 17:40

Steve,

No, I would spend the upgrade money to buy a couple of 2600 instead even if you have to pay a few more $.  They go for about $50 to $70 on Ebay.

HTH

Reza

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