TWX wrote: »
If I were building my lab over again from scratch I'd get a couple of 2800-series routers, a 3560 as a L3 switch, three 2950 or 2960 switches to play with spanning-tree on, and three 2621XM routers to use for GLBP practice. GLBP is a topic on the exam. I would get as many serial interface cards as possible and the requisite cables, as serial and frame relay are still a large component of the test.
james43026 wrote: »
Lots of good suggestions above. Except I wouldn't recommend buying a 3560 as a L3 switch, as it can't do private VLAN's, which you would need for CCNP studies. I would personally buy 3750's as my L3 switches, that way you are completely covered.
Chev Chellios wrote: »
Hey man, thanks for the update- when I was looking at setting a home lab up ages ago the prices were a lot more. I had best get shopping again then, PT is nice but having the real kit benefits real world trouble shooting as well as the exams, plus it's all good hands on experience!
From Leicester 2x 2811 including NM-8B-S/T 8-port ISDN card (selling at £18 each) for £30 each or offers. This seller also has a 1721 router (£10), a 3620 modular router (£20) and a PIX515E firewall (£20).
Will definitely check that out, not too far from me