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Cisco CCNA Lab Advice

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by craigie, May 22, 2009.

  1. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    I'm thinking about purchasing a Cisco CCNA Lab.

    I have found the following deal on eBay for £250.00 all in CCNA Lab

    For anyone who has studied or is currently studying towards the CCNA, do you think this hardware would be suitable for me to use to pass? Any feedback would be appreciated.

    It comes with the following:

    Routers

    Cisco 2610 Ethernet Serial Router 8F/32D Enhanced IP 12.3 IOS
    Cisco 2501 Ethernet Dual Serial Router 16F/16D IP Plus 12.3 IOS
    Cisco 2501 Ethernet Dual Serial Router 16F/16D IP Plus 12.3 IOS

    Switches

    Cisco 2900-XL Switch running Latest Enterprise IOS
    Cisco 2900-XL Switch running Latest Enterprise IOS

    Accessories

    2 x serial DB60-DB60 crossover cables
    3 x cat 5E straight-through cables
    3 x cat 5E crossover cables
    1 x RJ45 / DB9 console cables

    Additional

    Thoroughly tested before shipping
    Power cables for all devices
    Two cd-roms for CCNA CCNP CCIE CCSP CCDP etc
    Alternative or additional items available (ISDN simulation, extra switches, etc)
     
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  2. MrShed

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    IMHO - absolutely.

    Just make sure you are getting the IOS and flash cards (where applicable) with the kit.

    All you are really studying for CCNA is basic routing, switching and WAN (Frame Relay mainly) - this kit will be more than capable of some labs for these three topics.
     
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  3. MrShed

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    Sorry - just read about the IOS being included - should be fine!
     
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  4. craigie

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    Thanks for the advice, appreciated.
     
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  5. Sparky
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    Cool, I was going to post a similar thread but now I dont need to. :biggrin

    I have one Cisco 2600 router and might be able to get an 800 from the office with a PIX firewall. From what I understand, and what MrShed has confirmed, is that the CCNA only covers basic routing so looks like the firewall wont be needed.

    Might "borrow" it anyway :biggrin
     
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  6. danielno8

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    Bought the exact same one from those guys a couple months ago, all equipment in working order and shipped with everything stated. Some cosmetic damage to the equipment but nothing worth worrying about.

    Get it!
     
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  7. MrShed

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    PIX definitely not required :)

    In fact, I dont think you need a firewall even for CCNP.
     
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  8. danielno8

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    ^ all adds to the fun though :)
     
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  9. sunn

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    Correct - Firewall not required in CCNP (aside from ACL understanding).
    Also note, PIX is discontinued:
    end-of-sale announcement came in 2008
    end-of-support is July 27, 2013
     
  10. onoski

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    Seeing that am interested in IT networks and security firewall would have come in handy at a module or cert to attain.

    Do you know if they'd be replacing PIX with something else or are they throwing in the towel on firewall products? Thanks in advance:)
     
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  11. MrShed

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    Already replaced!! ASA products (Advanced Security Appliance)
     
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  12. MJN

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    Hi Craigie,

    I bought that very same lab a year or so ago and can highly recommend it. I think it can cover everything on the CCNA bar setting up SSH access (the lack of which is no big deal, for the exams at least, as the theory is straightforward).

    Very well packaged too - indeed I think I'm still using the bubble wrap and polystyrene chippings for my own eBay auctions even now!

    Mathew
     
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  13. UKDarkstar
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    Having spoken to Joe at CommSupport it's the same guy they use too - not always cheapest but good quality kit so gets a thumbs up all round.
     
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  14. craigie

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    UKDarkstar, hows the course going? are you Birmingham, Manchester or London? Would you recommend it?

    Any feedback would be appreciated, as I'm looking to spend the cash to book on the course soon.

    Thanks mate.
     
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  15. UKDarkstar
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    Hi m8, I'm travelling each Sat to London (2-3 hr drive each way depending on traffic) It's very good but very intensive i.e. start aroud 8.30 am and finish anytime after 5pm. Short break for lunch - 20/30 mins (bring your own) and a few 5 min coffee breaks.

    What I like is that in no way is it a bootcamp. It's a serious attempt to get you using the equipment and understanding how to deal with problems i.e. lots of lab work followed by break/fix. It obviously also aims to get you through the CCNA course.

    Heavy concentration on subnetting too :rolleyes:

    I've not worked with Cisco kit before and can't afford stuff for a home lab so am having to make do with things like packet tracer etc. but I think it's do-able. I'll probably take a couple of weeks after the course finishes before I sit the exam.

    Joe has a good source of student material (accessed via a login) on the CommSupport site and has just added some excellent videos too.

    I couldn't make the first Saturday but Joe fitted me in to the Sunday's six day course and then I reverted back to Saturdays with Mark Armstrong. He and Joe have dfferent styles but both have an excellent enthusiasm for their courses which comes across to students.

    Excellent value for money too so I can't say other than it's highly recommended. Just wish they had a place a bit closer to me ! At my age the travel is taking it's toll and I'm usually knackered on Sundays !

    PM me if anyone wants more details and a big thanks to Joe if he reads this.
     
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  16. craigie

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    Thanks UKDarkstar, awesome feedback.

    You have put my mind at rest, think I will be booking the course at the end of this month.

    Rep left :D
     
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  17. UKDarkstar
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    I think they've got some offers on at the moment too m8, don't miss out !
     
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  18. craigie

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    Been digging around and it seems Cisco have a second shot promotion called Come Back 2009 linky
     
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  19. UKDarkstar
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    Cheers m8, knew it was out there somewhere just hadn't been able to find it !
     
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  20. craigie

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    For future reference.
     
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