Would a Cisco Catalyst 5500 be good for a lab?

I am just looking through yahoo auction in Japan, and I came across a Cisco Catalyst 5500. It still has 3 days left, but right now its only the equivalent of 200 US dollars. What do you think? Is it too big, too much for a lab? Or, maybe there has to be something wrong for this price? They have some pictures, so I will post here.





  • Mr.NoeMr.Noe Member Posts: 13 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Wow that's cheap, i thought those things cost an arm and a leg! Would that mean the IOS will be display in Japanese or can you switch language. Just curious, but IMHO that's a pretty powerful switch that you don't really need to practice on.
  • Deadmaster200Deadmaster200 Member Posts: 145
    Actually, for this kind of equipment, they never translate the OS into other languages. People who work on cisco gear do it in English the world over. Not positive on that, but I have never seen any in Japanese. They get manuals in Japanese that explain what they are typing and reading in English though.

    Same with PC motherboards, stuff in ROM just isn't changed into other languages.
  • Mr.NoeMr.Noe Member Posts: 13 ■□□□□□□□□□
    hmm, that's pretty interesting I never knew that.
  • QUIX0TICQUIX0TIC Member Posts: 277
    That is correct... all the IOS is in English.

    If this switch is actually 200 dollars... i would pick this one up instead of th 3524. I know it looks like too much but for CCNP... its definitely usable. Its actually usable for CCIE too. But, dont count on it for staying at 200 dollars though. This is normally a few thousand dollar switch if I can see the modules correctly.

    Heck... if you can.... buy this switch and just sell the modules off... then you can make a profit.
    "To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation."
  • Deadmaster200Deadmaster200 Member Posts: 145
    Well, I will keep tabs on for the next few days.
    Actually there is another one on the auction. Check it out.

    This auction has 7 hours left, opening bid is the equivalent of just under 400 US dollars, and noone has made a bid yet.

    Cisco Catalyst5500 / SupervisorEngineⅡ / FastEthernet x12

    Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software
    IOS (tm) C5RSM Software (C5RSM-BOOT-M), Version 11.2(11)P, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1
    Copyright (c) 1986-1998 by cisco Systems, Inc.
    Compiled Tue 06-Jan-98 12:19 by dschwart
    Image text-base: 0x60010900, data-base: 0x60400000

    ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 11.2(17523) [mohsen 102], INTERIM SOFTWARE

    Router uptime is 5 minutes
    System restarted by reload
    System image file is "bootflash:/c5rsm-boot-mz.112-11.P.bin", booted via bootfla

    cisco RSP2 (R4700) processor with 32768K/2072K bytes of memory.
    R4700 processor, Implementation 33, Revision 1.0
    Last reset from power-on
    G.703/E1 software, Version 1.0.
    X.25 software, Version 2.0, NET2, BFE and GOSIP compliant.
    1 C5IP controller (1 Vlan).
    1 Virtual Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 interface(s)
    123K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.

    8192K bytes of Flash internal SIMM (Sector size 256K).
    Configuration register is 0x2102



  • darkmagicdarkmagic Member Posts: 127
    Some really cool pictures on this thread.

    Love them...
  • kyle.tkkyle.tk Member Posts: 20 ■□□□□□□□□□
    But whats the shipping gona be to get that beast back to the US.
  • matlmatl Member Posts: 36 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Better check shipping rate.
  • Deadmaster200Deadmaster200 Member Posts: 145
    Don't mean to be rude, but if you looked at the left side where my basic information is, it says

    Location: Japan
  • YankeeYankee Member Posts: 157
    I wouldn't buy it. It's big and heavy and very hard to resell. They aren't used on the CCIE lab. I have a Cat 5000 that is just sitting at work as junk (that I paid a lot for about 4 years ago).

  • Deadmaster200Deadmaster200 Member Posts: 145
    Well, just to update you all on this.

    The first auction closed with no bidders. It was opened again immediately with a 100-dollar minimum bid.

    It just closed at 200 dollars. But not from me!!!

    Whew!!! Wonder if I should have bought it anyway......
  • darkuserdarkuser Member Posts: 620 ■■■□□□□□□□
    i have cat500's that are up since the nyc blackout.
    the only reason we still have them is we are too cheap to replace the port density.

    i have a cat 5000 sup1 in my basement i haven't even powered on in a year
    rm -rf /
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