Should I Learn Cisco Router/ Switch or PIX Firewall?

I am trying to see which would be better for me to learn.  I have my CCNA so I have worked with switches and routers for testing purposes.  I haven't touched PIX yet and was wondering if I should learn that as well? I know Cisco is used in large companies and I want to make myself marketable if I should apply for a job.  I am looking for suggestions and if you don't mind, please suggest a Cisco product that you would recommend for me to use for testing and learning purposes.

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Rosen500Asked:
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Scotty_ciscoCommented:
The pix is a fairly simple product it is basically a router with on ACL steroids there is little difference so of course my opinion is to learn the switching side of the world.

there is a bigger demand for CCISP's than a lot of other things right now and seems to be the Cert of choice.  From my perspective the best thing you can do is have a very rounded cisco and unix backgroud.  I would suggest unix/linux if you don't know them due in part that most of your other types of equipment are based on unix type command line.

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Scott
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Rosen500Author Commented:
Is there a paticular switch you would recommend for learning purposes?
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Scotty_ciscoCommented:
That all depends on how much you want to spend and to really learn switching you would need 2 at least and I would say start with 3550-24-EMI that will give you the full feature set for L3 switching.  

The Cat6000 are killer but probably outside a normal person's price range.

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scott
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Rosen500Author Commented:
Could I use a simulator to practice or do I need the real thing?
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Scotty_ciscoCommented:
You could use a simulator however I have found in the LAN side of the world a big protion of the problems end up being layer 1 and a simulator just will not give you that kind of feed back.

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