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Cisco Newbie - Good lab?

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by kone, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. kone

    kone New Member

    Hi all,

    I'm taking CCNA in the next few months and am looking for a decent home lab to practice with.

    I came across this lab on ebay for £130, would it be sufficient for CCNA?

    "Cisco 2610 Ethernet Serial Routers 32Mb Dram / 8mb flash IOS 12.3
    Cisco 2610 Ethernet Serial Routers 32mb Dram / 8mb flash IOS 12.3
    Cisco 2501 Router with 2 serial Ports Interfaces + Ethernet AUI Port
    Cisco WS-c2912-XL-EN Switch upgraded latest Cisco IOS
    2 x WIC-1T for the 2600 routers (100% Genuine Cisco)"

    Or would I better of with something like this (cost £140)

    "2 x 2621 Router - Dual Fast Ethernet
    1 x WS-C2950-24 Switch
    2 x WIC-1T (Serial Card)
    1 x DTE-DCE (DB60 Serial Cable)
    1 x Console Cable
    3 x Power Cables"

    Thanks in advance,
  2. cisco lab rat

    cisco lab rat Megabyte Poster

    s'OK, but I know a man that can get you the following all for just £160

    3 x 2610
    2 x 2950
    4 x wic-1t's
    2 DCE/DCE cables

    which makes a very good little ccna lab. and before anyone asks, no, it's not me, I don't like selling hardware unless I really, really have to.

    PM me for the details, no free advertising for anyone.
    Certifications: Yes I pretty much am!!
    WIP: Fizzicks Degree
  3. casper

    casper New Member

    Hi guys, why are yo concerned about spending money and setting up such lab which takes a lot of space at home, when you can download this cisco lab simulator - Illegal piece of software
    Link to braindump removed

    it is brilliant and my CCNA tutor says this is all I need to practise for my CCNA. Try it out and let me know how you find it.
  4. danielno8

    danielno8 Gigabyte Poster

    Because using real equipment is better than using a simulator.
    Certifications: CCENT, CCNA
  5. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Well, there's one big problem with that: downloading it from that site is illegal, as you must be a student, alumnus, or faculty of a Cisco Networking Academy course to legally have access to Packet Tracer (link).

    Secondly, the site you have referenced is a known braindump.

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    Last edited: Mar 8, 2011
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  6. force1

    force1 Bit Poster

    yeah i know what ur saying here becos i used to think the same thing. then i did a course with commssupport (ccna) who let us loose on real kit.. trust me u r better off using the real mc'coy, proper hands on experience. what happens when u get that network job and the network manager ask's you to install and configure devices?? "o' i dont know how to physically set the hardware up, as i've only ever used simulators in my life"
    Boss "here, configure this....p45"

    hope u get the picture....
    Certifications: 70-647
    WIP: 70-640, 70-642, 70-643
  7. Asterix

    Asterix Megabyte Poster


    What happened, you not passed CCNA yet?
  8. kone

    kone New Member

    Cheers mate, I'll check the coffers and come back to you.

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