Recommend Cisco Home Lab

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CCNA
CCNA Certification
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Routers
Switches
Please give me your thoughts on the best way to setup a Cisco home lab. Although I need to re-certify my CCNA my focus is to take a deep technical dive and master Cisco before going on to next level(CCNP). I work with Cisco but want my own lab to experiment and try different topologies and troubleshooting techniques.

  • What type/amount of switches and routers would you recommend and why?
  • I have access to download IOS but what other software/programs would you recommend to practice?
  • Please list any cost effective places where I might purchase.
 

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There’s a couple of different paths you can take.

First, you can buy an entire home lab that has everything you need for CCIE, CCNP, or CCNA studies. Those packages are usually quite expensive, but they will include everything you need.

Second, you can buy it all in increments off of eBay, Craigslist, and through word of mouth. The benefit of doing it this way is that it will be cheaper. The downside is that you have to know exactly what you need.

For a CCNA lab, you can probably get by with a couple of switches and a few routers. I recommend you look at the 3550 for the switch and the 2600′s for the routers.

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    or - Option 3 - Use GNS3 - totally free, provide your own IOS (which you mentioned you can) and toss in as many routers, switches (routers w/ switch modules) as your little heart desires. Be sure to set the appropriate idle-PC values and you have your own emulated (not simulated) CCNP/CCIE Lab environment http://www.gns3.net/download - Free Download http://gns3vault.com/ - Great Labs / Scenarios
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