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    Hey!

    I just took my CCNA exam on Monday and passed (936 / 1000 ). I should note that this was the 640-801 - I took the course for it a couple of years ago but never bothered with the exam, and managed to just squeeze it in now, before the 31st of July when they stop running the 801 exam completely and move over to the 802.

    Anyway. I have a functioning CCNA lab that consists of:
    2x 2610 Routers with 2x WIC-1T cards each
    2x 2924 Switches
    1x 2621 Router
    2x 2503 Routers
    1x 2828 Switch (very old / useless, but good for simple connectivity)
    And two PCs connected with KVM to represent "End hosts"
    Plus all the cables, etc.

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    I'm now hoping to take my CCNP course next year, and I'm just wondering what kind of extra gear I'm going to need (and how many pieces) to "conform" to CCNP requirements?

    I've done a lot of reading on the net about this, and surfing of e-Bay.
    Follows is a list of devices that people recommend, and the associated typical (UK) price for the gear second hand. Bear in mind that some of the posts/articles/etc may be assuming the person has no kit already.

    Cisco 7911G IP phone (For IP telephony?) - Around 30
    Cisco 2950 Switch (May not be needed as I have 2924s?) - 80
    Cisco 3550 Switch - For L3 stuff? - Typically around 300 Buy-It-Now but I'm not sure what bids are ending for...
    Cisco 3560 - There seems to be some debate as to whether a 3550 or 3560 would be better. 3560 is newer and the 3550 is being "phased out", however 3560s are like 800+. I'm not sure how "useful" the 3550 still is and whether a 3560 is an absolute must, even given the price hike, or whether the 3550 will do.

    Cisco 2610 - Router for Frame Relay - Also 2522?
    Cisco 3640 Router - Seems older but it's the 3000 series stuff so may be more useful than my 2600s for certain things? Also only around 70-90, and comes highly recommended apparently. Which is a lot better priced than..

    Cisco 2811 - These start at around 600 and quickly hike into the low thousand mark. No idea what makes these so special but they've been mentioned in some places. Apparently also good for CCIE, although that is a long way off for me. That said, I will get my CCIE one day, so might be worth collecting gear now?

    Also a Wireless AP and adaptor cards has been recommended.. I'm guessing there's a wireless unit on the course. I don't know a great deal about the CCNP at the moment, but AFAIK there are optional "pathways". I do also have a Pix 501 Firewall by coincidence, so if there's a Security pathway that might be an idea (Although I know that higher end PIXs, such as the 515s, and of course the ASAs are extremely pricy, so if there's a CCNP equivalent of the CCIE's R&S maybe that would be a better (cheaper) option).

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    My budget is pretty limited. Basically I want to get the most gear (or, the most CCNP functionality - in other words, most labs and chapters covered by the equipment) for my money. In other words, I'd rather get 3 or 4 cheap routers and switches to cover 5 additional chapters than a 2811 just to cover one element for the same price, haha.

    Any suggestions and advice are greatly appreciated

  • #2
    Re: CCNP Lab Kit

    Reported for move to Cisco Certification

    Note if the next post is offering a bundle of Cisco kit on Ebay or similar, both posters will be banned
    (Sorry to sound harsh, but we've seen this before)
    Tom Jones
    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
    PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
    IT Trainer / Consultant
    Ossian Ltd
    Scotland

    ** Remember to give credit where credit is due and leave reputation points where appropriate **

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    • #3
      Re: CCNP Lab Kit

      Originally posted by Ossian View Post
      Reported for move to Cisco Certification

      Note if the next post is offering a bundle of Cisco kit on Ebay or similar, both posters will be banned
      (Sorry to sound harsh, but we've seen this before)

      Thanks for moving this to the correct location .
      Please nobody post links like that! I really am a genuine person! Haha.. I'm not a spammer, and I don't need links to eBay items - I've been doing enough eBaying myself lately anyway! Haha. I'm just looking for advice on what I need next for my lab. I did post this on another forum but no-one replied so I was hoping to get some advice here. I'm happy to make a scan of my CCNA score report sheet for anyone who doesn't believe that I'm legit
      Last edited by SynapticKitten; 3rd June 2009, 17:45.

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      • #4
        Re: CCNP Lab Kit

        Moved.....
        Marcel
        Technical Consultant
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        MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
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        • #5
          Re: CCNP Lab Kit

          Its OK -- at Petri you are (mainly) innocent until proven guilty
          FYI we regularly get spammers and equally regularly ban them. The record is being banned before actually posting any spam

          No need for your score report
          Tom Jones
          MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
          PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
          IT Trainer / Consultant
          Ossian Ltd
          Scotland

          ** Remember to give credit where credit is due and leave reputation points where appropriate **

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