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Re: LAb Equipment ... posted 03/20/2007
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My lab consists of 8 x 3640(32MB/128MB), 3x262x, Frame relay switch, Access server 2x 3550 and spent less than 8K (Australian). I purchased everything from eBay as peace meal. And it took about 3 months to purchase all of them. If you are the US, it would be cheaper and fast to acquire all of them. It was hard for me do the eBay from Sydney because of un availability of the equipment locally.

Hope this helps.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Narbik Kocharians" <narbikk@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <thomas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: <ccielab@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 2:48 AM
Subject: Re: LAb Equipment ...

I would take the 10K deal.

On 3/20/07, thomas@xxxxxxxxxxxx <thomas@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>I found a good deal in E-bay costing $10k which includes around 6 x >3640,
2 x
>3560, 2x 3550, 1 x 26xx Access Server along with cables and ports.
>Is it a worthwhile investment?

Looks overpriced to me. My lab cost me EUR 3400, and consists of two 2620,
one 2611, two 2610, one 2610XM, one 2611XM, one 2511, one 2522, two 3550,
two 2950, lots of serial WICs, and serial and Ethernet cables. The 2500s
memory configurations are 16/16, the 2600 64/16, the 2600XM 128/32 (so these
ones can run 12.4 advanced enterprise).

However that takes time to look for good deals on routers, then order RAM
and WICs, etc. On the other hand, I found it enjoyable to build my own rack!

I initially bought it for the two-3550s lab version. When Cisco added the
3560s, I decided buying two wasn't worth the cost, and opted for two 2950 (a
C and a T) in order to be able to practice more L2 stuff. For the few 3560
features my lab doesn't support (private VLANs, different QoS, etc.), I use
3750s at work.

There's nothing I encountered in my first try last week that I hadn't been
able to practice (I still failed with ~75 % of points, so close :(.


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