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At Home Lab Requirements

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At Home Lab Requirements

Postby Guest » Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:03 am

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?

 

Thanks

Guest
 

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Re:At Home Lab Requirements

Postby Guest » Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:37 am

Hi,

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

 

Please remember to rate all posts that are helpful.

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Re:At Home Lab Requirements

Postby Guest » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:28 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.

 


http://ccie4u.com/index.shtml?referrer=Google&gclid=CIy1lp__zaYCFYd66wodKBR2Hg

http://www.passccielab.com/


http://www.ievoicelab.com/


http://www.ccierack.com/http://www.ccierack.com/http://www.cconlinelabs.com/www.proctorlabs.com/ good option

http://www.cconlinelabs.com/

www.proctorlabs.com/

 

 

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

 

Thanks,

Jigar

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Re:At Home Lab Requirements

Postby Guest » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:29 pm

Thanks for the suggestions.

Guest
 



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