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CCNA and CCNP lab equipment

I'm going to take my CCNA exam soon , so I want to purchase some devices that will help me practice the ccna exam topics , and also i can use them if i decided to take my ccnp exam .
now i'm interested in routing & switching track , wireless , voip , security track
can any one help me on what switches and routers models should i purchase 

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I would recommend that you

I would recommend that you buy 2950 switches for the ccna. For CCNP you want to buy a layer 3 switch like a 3550 or 3560. For routers a cisco 1841 will cover a lot of the stuff you want to practice. If you plan to go on to voice I would recommend purchasing a cisco 2811 which has voice support. 

You'll also want to purchase all the necessary modules for the routers. For basic route switch wic-1t and wic-2t will will provide the necessary serial ports for wan connections

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Hi. I suggest you that use



I suggest you that use the GNS3 program instead of buy a  switch or router.

You can upload a lot of iOS and practice for your CCNA and CCNP exams without problems.

But if you want to buy the devices, i think the best choice is a router 2811 and a switch 3750.



If you're interested in R&S,

If you're interested in R&S, GNS3 is a good beginning... but if you want to go into wireless, voice and security, you're going to need real hardware.

Running with a few 28x1 routers and one or two 3750 switches is a good start. All of these are discontinued devices and can be had at a reasonable price. Once you're comfortable with the R&S side of things, it's not hard to start adding voice cards, ASAs, wireless access points, wireless LAN controllers later.

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