Zartanasaurus wrote: »
Buying 3 switches from ebay then selling them back when you're done is the equivalent of a rack rental, except you get to use it whenever you want.
You can get working 100Mb 3560s for about $150 a pop these days. I can't see how rack rentals are cheaper.
NetworkVeteran wrote: »
I spent <$50 to rent two 3550s and two 2950s for my switch exam for about a month. I didn't have dedicated access but I was able to access the rack 80%+ of the time when I needed to access it. I suspect that was a smaller outlay than buying and re-selling four devices, shipping, cables, power, etc. A good place to begin is to work out your equipment needs. I didn't use INE, but rather a cheaper site. Which meant wasting a few hours finding it and figuring it out.
I liked that I had next-day access and avoided lost time for missing/faulty cables/components.