At Home Lab Requirements

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At Home Lab Requirements

Post by Guest » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:03 pm

I want to put together a lab that I can use for the CCNA and beyond. I have seen many different options that range from 2 to 5 routers needed with various models and inteface cards.  I have a vendor that I can get some decent gear at a good price but I want to ask the experts on what an actual good hardware layout would be for a lab that will allow me to work on the CCNA and beyond.  Once I get the lab built are there labs on the Cisco site that would be worth using in the lab? If not , any recommendations on practice labs and testing drills?




Re:At Home Lab Requirements

Post by Guest » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:37 pm


Have you considered the alternative of renting a rack of equipment on-line?

There are several vendors out there that will rent you equipment for a few dollars per hour.


It has the following advantages:

- The equipment can be reached at any time from anywhere in the world.

- The vendor is responsible for keeping the IOS on the equipment up to date.

- If you become interested in other areas of specialisation such as security or voice it can become expensive buying an ASA or Call Manager server, phones, etc.

- You don need to find space in your house for the rack. Nor do you need to cater for installing multiple power points.

- You don have to worry about replacing faulty equipment.

- Some vendors will also provide you with assistance when you are trying to configure a device.

- You don need to off load your equipment if you find that your interests change.

- You can keep a lid on your expenses but only paying for a only a limited number of tokens to achieve a set project or configuration task.

- If you are buying second hand equipment you may or may not get a money back guarantee


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Re:At Home Lab Requirements

Post by Guest » Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:28 pm

Hello Phil,


As Sean said, rackrental is good option then to buy equipments now a days, even every techie person preparing for range of exams from CCNP to CCIE will opt for rackrental for the mentioned advantages.

I am giving you some of the sites where you can go and compare the prizing and other facilities and can go further as per your choice. good option



Hope this helps, if found this helpful then pls rate so that the topic can be closed.





Re:At Home Lab Requirements

Post by Guest » Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:29 pm

Thanks for the suggestions.

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