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    Default "Cheapest" CCNP exam

    I completed my CCNA cert the other week and am really wanting to kick start my CCNP journey. I spent a bit of money on books/videos/equipment for the CCNA and am wanting to start the CCNP on a budget, so my question is: Which exam requires the least amount of equipment that I will need to purchase to make a decent go at it? I already have the four books.

    My current lab is:
    2x 2621XM 128/32 + WIC-1T
    1x 2620XM 128/32 + WIC-1T
    2x 2950G-24
    Lots of cables

    Any help would be really appreciated
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    BCSI you could do with Dynamips so that would be the cheapest. You could grab a 3550 or 3560 depending on the budget and be ok for BCMSN also. The ONT and ISCW you could get by with Dynamips and what you have.
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    ONT is the 'cheapest' I'd say in regards to equipment, in that the gear isn't really worth buying, and the exam is mostly theory based, just need to study the material and you'll have a good shot at passing.

    But most of them can be done on the cheap, a couple routers, at least one of which can do SDM, and a switch, and you can do the majority of what you need.
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    Depending on your experience or interest, you may want to take the recommended approach. After completing them in that order, I found that they build on each other.

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