need some recommendations for my lab

blackberryblackberry Member Posts: 59 ■■□□□□□□□□
after passing my ccna i took a year break to handle some things. Now i am motivated and I need help building my lab.

currently, I have 2 3500xl switches and a dell power connect 5212 and I need recommendations on cisco routers

My plan is to have the devices to help me get through ccnp


  • ChooseLifeChooseLife Member Posts: 941 ■■■■■■■□□□
    I'm going to quote my thread:
    1. 871 router with 12.4T advipservicesk9 IOS - this one router alone covered about 70-80% of hands-on practice needed for the exam
    2. Additional 831 router with 12.3T k9o3sy6 IOS - used together with the first router for Site-to-Site VPN, which is ~10-15% of lab practice.
    3. 2950 switch with 12.1(22)EA IOS - used standalone for Layer 2 security, another ~10-15% of lab practice.

    These 3 units fully covered the blueprint, and I want to emphasize that all you really need is 1 x 12.4 k9 IOS router, 1 x 12.x k9 IOS router, and 1 x 12.x IP base IOS switch.
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  • blackberryblackberry Member Posts: 59 ■■□□□□□□□□
  • RoguetadhgRoguetadhg CompTIA A+, Network+. Member Posts: 2,489 ■■■■■■■□□□
    I came here expecting pictures of your lab.
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  • spd3432spd3432 Member Posts: 224
    blackberry --
    You didn't say when you were planning on testing by which would definitely affect the lab you need to put together. Cisco is retiring the current exam (640-553) on 30Sep and the new exam (640-554) will be your only option after 1Oct. The exam blueprint has changed. When do you plan on testing?
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