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    Default CCNA & CCENT Home Lab Ideas

    Because it's such a common topic on this board and something I'm reading up on myself, here's a really nice (and recent!) series of blog posts discussing what to get for your home study lab.

    http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/24916
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    Great first post!! Thanks for the link and welcome to TE.net.
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    Jaguar0616, Thanks for the link...it was a big help and deeply appreciated!!!!
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    Here is some information regarding purchasing, and/or renting CCENT/CCNA equipment labs.


    LAB SETUPS
    These pages have suggestions for buying and setting up your own lab equipment and what topologies to use.

    The Bryant Advantage CCNA Lab Suggestions
    Cisco Lab CCNA CCNP Exam Prep Router Switch Configuration


    Cisco Cert Zone - Wendell Odom
    Please note: As of Jan 2012, Wendell Odom has concluded his Blog in the Cisco Cert Zone on
    networkworld.com. The below links are still available for review.

    CCNA Lab Series 2011: Overview
    Cisco Cert Zone: CCNA Lab Series 2011: Overview

    CCNA Lab II: How Topologies Drive Device Choices
    Cisco Cert Zone: CCNA Lab II: How Topologies Drive Device Choices

    CCNA Lab III: Sifting Through the Router Model Series
    Cisco Cert Zone: CCNA Lab III: Sifting Through the Router Model Series

    CCNA Lab IV: Choosing the IOS Version and Feature Set
    Cisco Cert Zone: CCNA Lab IV: Choosing the IOS Version and Feature Set

    CCNA Lab Part V: Ruling Out (or In) 2500 and 2600
    Cisco Cert Zone: CCNA Lab Part V: Ruling Out (or In) 2500 and 2600

    CCNA Lab Series Part 6: The Best Router for CCNA, 2011
    Cisco Cert Zone: CCNA Lab Series Part 6: The Best Router for CCNA, 2011

    CCNA Lab Part 7: Choosing the Right Switch Models
    Cisco Cert Zone: CCNA Lab Part 7: Choosing the Right Switch Models

    CCNA Lab Part 8: How Many Switches, and Which Ones?
    Cisco Cert Zone: CCNA Lab Part 8: How Many Switches, and Which Ones?

    CCNA Lab Main Post Summary
    Cisco Cert Zone: CCNA Lab Main Post Summary


    Wendell Odom's Lab Gear on Certskills.com
    Lab Gear
    Mouse over the Lab Gear menu item; select your field of study




    HARDWARE (Routers, Switches, etc.)
    There has been much discussion as whether to buy individual components versus buying a lab kit.
    By buying individual components, you can select the model(s) you wish to work with. By buying
    Lab kits, you're sometimes limited to what model(s) are included in the kit.

    Modules/Cables
    When it comes to what modules and cables to purchase, this is going to depend on what type
    of topology scenarios you are interested in studying/learning for.

    Hardware websites
    eBay, craigslist
    eBay and craigslist are very popular sites for those looking for Cisco equipment.
    Be aware that counterfeit parts and modules for Cisco devices do exist.
    See here -
    Counterfeit / Fake Cisco WIC-1DSU-T1 Guide - Andover Test

    Andover
    https://www.andovercg.com/store/Cisco-Routers-c134/

    Cables and Kits
    CablesAndKits.com

    Certification Kits
    Cisco Certification: CCNA, CCNP, CCIE, used Cisco router, Cisco switch, Cisco routers.

    Network International
    RoutersWholesale.com, Your first choice for Cisco accessories

    Vology
    Vology - New & Pre-owned Network Equipment Solutions

    Dantrak.net
    Dantrak Net *- New and Used Networking Equipment and Peripherals. Skeletek Racks and Accessories.
    Connecting Cisco Routers and Cables
    The contents of this page is informational only and complements of DANTRAK

    tech for less
    Refurbished Networking Devices - Open Box Computer Networking Products

    **************
    Cisco CCNA CCNP CCIE Lab Kits fully configured and tested





    LIVE EQUIPMENT (aka Rack Rental)
    These sites are available for those who would rather connect to live equipment
    via a telnet connection.

    Free Cisco Switch Lab
    Free Cisco Catalyst Switch Lab

    Packetlife.net
    Community Lab - Packet Life

    Free CCNA Lab
    The Stub Lab



    SOFTWARE
    Simulators/Emulators
    This list contains software programs that are available for studying the Cisco objectives.
    Cisco Packet Tracer - Packet Tracer is available for Cisco Networking Academy Instructors, Students and Alumni only.
    Cisco Packet Tracer - Cisco Systems

    GNS3
    Graphical Network Simulator - GNS3

    RouterSim
    CCNA and CCNP Router and Network Simulators - Training Videos

    Boson NetSim
    NetSim 8.0 Cisco Network Simulator & Router Simulator

    LANforge ICE Network Emulator
    LANforge-ICE Product Summary

    Hurricane II WAN Emulation & Network Simulation
    Packetstorm Communications | Hurricane II IP Network Emulator

    Dynagen
    Main

    SemSim
    Cisco CCNA Exam Router Simulator: Features


    FREE LAB WORKBOOKS
    These sites have workbooks (pdf/html) that contain several topologies and scenarios
    for studying for CCNA

    IP Addressing & Subnetting Workbook
    http://kaygenz.files.wordpress.com/2...ersion-1_5.pdf

    Free CCNA Challenge Labs
    Free CCNA Challenge Labs

    Free Cisco Lab
    Free Cisco Lab

    FREE CCNA LAB
    FREE CCNA LAB

    Configure the Network CCNA Lab Scenarios
    CCNA ICND 1 Free Lab Book Download

    Free CCNA Workbook
    CCNA Lab Workbook

    Personal Labs
    Peenkcity: downloads

    Packet Tracer Network
    Packet Tracer 5.3 : Network simulation software

    Router Alley Labs
    Router Alley - Labs

    Yet Another Cisco Blog
    Yet Another Cisco Blog: Free CCNA Resources

    GNS3 Labs
    GNS3 Labs | CCNP | CCNA Labs: Routing labs

    GNS3-Labs
    GNS3 Labs :: Cisco Router Simulator Network Labs & Topologies For CCENT, CCNA, CCNP & CCIE Candidates!

    GNS3 Vault
    Free Cisco labs for CCNA, CCNP & CCIE !

    These labs were posted on a discussion forum on the Cisco Learning Network.
    Scroll down to the 5th post
    https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/thread/4933

    CCNA Virtual Lab Simulator
    Free CCNA LABs

    101 CCNA Labs
    101 CCNA Labs - Labs




    LAB WORKBOOKS FOR SALE
    Todd Lammle (Purchase includes bonus Packet Tracer Labs)
    The Latest Books by Todd Lammle | Lammle.com

    CiscoPress
    Certification Info > Customers and Markets

    The Bryant Advantage
    CCNA CCNP Cisco Security Certification Exam, CCNA Boot Camp CBT

    subnet.192
    CCNA Guides | Providing tools for your success!

    101 Labs
    101 Labs for the Cisco CCNA Exam

    Certification Kits
    Books, CDs, DVDs, etc.

    CCNA Practical Studies
    CCNA Practical Studies (Cisco Certification & Training): Gary Heap,Lynn Maynes: 0619472200469: Amazon.com: Books


    TERMINAL PROGRAMS
    These are software programs used to access networking devices
    PuTTY
    chiark home page

    SecureCRT
    SecureCRT - The Usable, Flexible SSH Client

    Tera Term
    Tera Term :: Latest Version :: Free Download | Products

    Attachmate Reflection
    Fraud Monitoring, Managed File Transfer, & Terminal Emulation Software | Attachmate


    Hope this sheds some light on ideas and considerations for setting up your own hardware equipment lab.
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    Ill need to update my thread with these links. Good job man! Rep!
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    Thanks for link!! Great info! A big help indeed
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    awesome! thanks for those links
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    Its a great link... however its very out dated. I would stay away from any 2500 series equipment. Stick to only devices that run 12.4 or higher and support IPv6.

    The nice thing about this being a little older is that equipment has come down a ton in price. The article cites 2600XM's at $400 and 1841's at $600. In the current market the 2600XM's can be had on eBay from within $40-$100.

    All in all a great article to cite how many routers and switches to buy, however, if you have the money please consider buying newer gear
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    This video was published by Jeremy at CBT Nuggets on Feb 5 -

    MicroNugget: Building a CCNA Home Lab - YouTube
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    I was trying to go through all my old ICND 1 and ICND 2 Material, Links,E-mails and notes I have made and seeing what can be saved and what I can throw out. I have already bought the new Wendell Odem books ( ICND1 100-101 and ICND 2 200-101 as well as Todd Lammle's new ICND 1 book.

    Ltat42a's section on Free Lab guides is geared towards the old Cisco tests ans still have a-lot of good information in them. I was wondering if any of you folks have come across any newer Lab guides on the internet geared towards the new tests? Either free or paid ?

    Ltat42a's links are very helpful and anyone new the board should review them.

    Please advise.
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    There isn't really any new lab guides out there that I have found. However the labs are pretty similar except ipv6 and ospf v3 from what I can tell. A lot of the troubleshooting stuff is in the new ICND 2 according to Odem's book.
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    TechGuru80,
    I agree, I spent some time going over Todd Lammle's new book and marking some of the Labs I am going to do on Packet Tracer. OSPF is new to me so I want to make sure I am prepared when test day comes for the new new 100-101 ICND 1 test.
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    Definitely know OSPF because v3 is using IPv6 but the steps are almost identical.
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