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    #51
    Quote Originally Posted by Slowhand View Post
    I've been seeing the same thing. The 2600XM routers are current enough to run the latest IOS, and cheap enough you can pick up a whole lab's worth. I'm really surprised no one has picked up this bundle, since it's ultra-cheap and but has been up for sale several times. (Keep an eye on it, it'll go up on the block again.)
    Question for you. My eBay deal fell through for 3 2610XMs but will eventually buy soon. What modules would you suggest to purchase for wan connection? A/S or WIC-1T/2T modules or does it not matter?

    Also, for purchasing 2950 switches, what IOS should that run to help prepare for both CCNA and CCNP exams? Would 12.1 EA be sufficient? Thanks.

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    From what I've seen, the WIC 1T/2T modules are cheaper, but I'm no expert (yet ). Since I got your pm about the 1721 routers, I'll leave you with the advice I gave you there. Go for the 1721s with 64M/32F built-in, that way you can add a single 64MB DIMM to them and be up to 128M/32F, which is enough to run IOS version 12.4 Advanced Enterprise Services. If it's good enough for the CCIE R&S lab, it's good enough for CCNA/CCNP, right?

    As for the 2950s, go for version 12.1, if you can get it. I believe that's as high as the Catalyst 2950s go.

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    #53
    I'm happy to announce that I just finished installing brand-new IOS images on four of my routers and I didn't brick a single one of them. Thank you, thank you, I'm here all week. Don't applaud, throw money.

    (Oh, don't worry. I've got three older routers, a Catalyst 2950, and a Dell PowerConnect 5212 to update software on. Have patience, you'll hear me swearing all the way from California before the week's up.)

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    #54
    Quote Originally Posted by Slowhand
    I'm happy to announce that I just finished installing brand-new IOS images on four of my routers and I didn't brick a single one of them.
    Easy tiger! I'm not throwing money just yet. Of course you didn't stuff those up - they are lab routers. Which means no matter how many times you do it, the earth, moon and stars will all be aligned 'just so' to make it stick nicely, without any issues I'll reserve throwing the cash until you wriggle out of failed 'routine' IOS upgrade at 3am which doesn't go according to plan and you ending up cutting off a whole load of customers in the process. I've been there before :S
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    Naturally, as I worked on setting up the routers, I began to realize that the only RJ45 cables we have left in the office are about 20' each, and that won't do for my little lab in the corner where no piece of equipment is further than a few inches away from another. So, naturally, I'm going out to buy RJ45 connectors and a spool of Cat5e cable tonight. (It's only been three years since the last time I spliced cable, what's the worst that could happen?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slowhand View Post
    If it's good enough for the CCIE R&S lab, it's good enough for CCNA/CCNP, right?
    Heh, looks like I'm about to eat my words, they're going to be changing the lab equipment for the CCIE R&S lab exam in October:

    Lab Equipment and IOS
    The lab exam tests any feature that can be configured on the equipment and the IOS versions indicated below. You may see more recent IOS versions installed in the lab, but you will not be tested on the new features of a release unless indicated below.

    Version 3.0 (effective through October 17, 2009)
    3725 series routers - IOS 12.4 mainline – Advanced Enterprise Services
    3825 series routers - IOS 12.4 mainline – Advanced Enterprise Services
    Catalyst 3550 series switches running IOS version 12.2 – IP Services
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    Version 4.0 (effective begining October 18, 2009)
    1841 series routers - IOS 12.4(T) – Advanced Enterprise Services
    3825 series routers - IOS 12.4(T) – Advanced Enterprise Services
    Catalyst 3560 Series switches running IOS version 12.2 - Advanced IP Services
    My little 1721s can't run IOS 12.4(T) Advanced Enterprise Services, I guess I'll have to upgrade to 2600XM routers when it's time for the big, bad lab. Of course, the 1721s I have right now will do me just fine for the CCNP, despite missing some features, (like MPLS).

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    You have to be carefull with a Cisco LAB.

    I started on mine a few years ago, they end up like a Gnome collection. It grows and grows growsssssss.

    Next things you will know your power bill will double and you will have no room to move

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    You have to be carefull with a Cisco LAB.

    I started on mine a few years ago, they end up like a Gnome collection. It grows and grows growsssssss.

    Next things you will know your power bill will double and you will have no room to move
    Heh, I barely have room to move in my house as it is, that's why I set up my lab equipment at work.

    That's a very impressive couple of racks, I'm pretty sure just about anyone lurking around in the Cisco forums would be more than happy to play with toys like those.

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    wow what an kick arse lab. love it
    thanks for sharing. you have a cool lab
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    So after three years and letting my CCNA lapse, I'm finally studying for the CCNP, starting with the ROUTE exam. Ironically, due to time constraints and sporting a laptop with a 4-core i7 CPU & 8GB of RAM, I'm doing the preparations for this test exclusively in GNS3. I still have all the same equipment I've mentioned in this thread, but it's gathering dust in my apartment right now while I sit and study out in coffee shops.

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    Kick ass lab!!!

    I don't like how you had it organized, usually I will stack up all the 3550 switches right next on top of each other same with the routers etc. etc. but each one to his own
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    Good luck getting your NP back Slowland. And yes that is a fantastic lab in the picture, well at least it was in 2009

    GNS3 is cool for route, you may need to dust off that old equipment for SWITCH

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