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    Default Alternative switches to the 2950?

    I'm ok for switches for my lab but I also want a switch. I understand the 2950 is the one to get but these are fairly dear on eBay.

    Are there any alternatives to the 2950 that offer similar functionality that will be good after my ccna for the ccnp as well or is it best just to stick with a 2950 and be done with it?
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    The 2950 will be the most cost-effective choice right now.
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    I've just been reading through the other threads on switches and it's quite clear that the 2950 is the one to have.

    Decision made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BadBoy House View Post
    I'm ok for switches for my lab but I also want a switch. I understand the 2950 is the one to get but these are fairly dear on eBay.

    Are there any alternatives to the 2950 that offer similar functionality that will be good after my ccna for the ccnp as well or is it best just to stick with a 2950 and be done with it?
    You can't get lower than that for ur core switches, u might consider the 2924 only for spanning ur LAB (they are too cheap on ebay), unless u wanna go for the 2960 which is dearer.
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    1900 = Boat anchor or door stop.
    2900XL = 3rd L2 switch in your lab. Not to be used as your main 2 switches. Not ideal for CCNA.
    3500XL = 3rd L2 switch in your lab. Not to be used as your main 2 switches. Not ideal for CCNA.
    2950 = Cheapest good L2 switch for CCNA. Not actually sold any more.
    2960 = Current model L2 switch for CCNA. A 2950 will be enough for CCNA however.
    3550 = Cheapest good L3 switch for CCNP. Not actually sold any more.
    3560 = Current model L3 switch for CCNP. A 3550 will be enough for CCNP however.

    Anything else is either too expensive + not needed or too old & too obsolete.

    The 2950 comes in two different software configurations. SI = Standard Image and EI = Enhanced Image. You CAN'T swap between the two at a later date unlike the newer/bigger switches as there is an actual hardware difference. Ideally you want at least 1 EI switch in your CCNA lab but it isn't essential.
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    That switches-in-a-nutshell post needs to get added to the CCNA FAQ. Great info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamik View Post
    That switches-in-a-nutshell post needs to get added to the CCNA FAQ. Great info.
    YupYup, that's a nice Post Tiersten...CCNA FAQs.
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    great stuff. cheers for the advice fellas.
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