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CCNP R&S Home Lab suggestions please

I am looking to put together a home lab to study for the CCNP R&S exam.  I would like to hear your suggestions for which routers and switches I should have in my home lab.  If you will, I would like two recomendations, 1 bare bones kit and 1 ultimate lab kit.  Please keep in mind on the ultimate kit that it is for the CCNP level and not a CCIE lab.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions.


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Re: CCNP R&S Home Lab suggestions please

Everything that relates to routing can be done very good in GNS3 without any physical router. If you don't like virtual infrastructure, the 1841 is a pretty good choice and not too expensive when bought on ebay or so. The more future-proof solution would be a 1900.

For switching you need physical gear. Low budget would be two L3-switches which could be old 3550 and two older 2960. With more budget an actual switch could be used. A good combination could also be the 8-port versions of the 3560 and 2960.

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CCNP R&S Home Lab suggestions please


i've always check out this site to get some ideas for lab:

personally, i would go for couple of 1841s and 2960s.

you can get an 8-port switch for a bargain if your patient enough looking around on ebay.

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