HELP!Set-up of lab for CCNA w new exam after Feb 2020 in mind, without taking out a loan!
So I am looking at setting up a home lab for my CCNA training and it is just a jungle, I am totally lost. I found pricing info on CBTNuggets that, after looking at eBay etc, seems wildly optimistic, see below for what they claim.
I also have another concern, and this might seem like a very stupid concern to those who know what they are talking about, but I have read that certain equipment will not be considered good enough as it is too old or as Cisco exams change and of course there is a big exam change coming up from 24th Feb 2020. There is no way I will be ready to take an exam by then, I am way too new and working full-time and have two kids, so do I risk getting routers and switches that will not serve me well in the new exam? How can I find out what I really need, as affordable stuff as possible?
This is the info on CBTNuggets, no idea how old it is but it certainly isn't reflected on eBay and stuff seems impossible to find (esp outside of the US).
What do I need to get started? Buy a cheap router! Using these routers, you can convert your home network to a Cisco-based network, and gain valuable real world experience.
Any of the following routers are affordable and can help you learn the material:
- Cisco 2611(xm) / 2621(xm) ($10-$50)
- Cisco 1721 w/WIC-1ENET ($10-$50)
- Cisco 871(w) ($10-$50)
Which switch do I need? These are all 100-megabit switches. For just a few more dollars, buy a Layer 3 switch such as Cisco 3550 or 3750. These will be useful for moving onto your CCNP, and even CCIE, certification journey.
- Cisco 2950 ($10-20)
- Cisco 3550 ($20-$50)
- Cisco 3750 ($50-$150)
Whats the ideal CCNA lab setup? Three routers, three switches, and two laptops. That’s all that Cisco requires for you to set up a network for the CCNA.