passed ccna now on to voice, lab question

ToddBToddB Member Posts: 149
Is there a simulator I can use or is it only real equipment. My budget is extra tight right now. I ve been in the TDM world for a long time. At present work on a Nortel CS2100 TDM/voip large carrier grade switch. So no real Cisco voip to play with a work. Ive seen ccna voip labs on ebay for around $500 not sure what I'm getting. thoughts and help.

Phil 4:6 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."


  • DexterParkDexterPark Member Posts: 121
    You can use GNS3 with IOS images & IP Communicator for an emulation lab. Completely free if you have a CCO account if not you will have to find the IOS images another way.

    Another decent option is Online rack rentals. CCIE Voice Rack Rental Vouchers | IPexpert Inc. I know that it is for CCIE but the CCNA Voice touches on CUCM, Unity Connection, Presence & CME. This rental has all those components. You can't beat $25 for an 8 hour session either!
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