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Hi,

I submitted a question regarding my current equipment and it's ability to use for BSCI.  I wan't to ask another question, similar to the first.

I have:

4 x 2514's
2 x 1924's
1 x 2524
1 x 2502 (token ring)

I used all of this equipment for the CCNA.  Now I want to obtain CCNP Certification (All 4 tests) BSCI, BCMSN, ONT and ISCW.

With what I have already, can someone tell me exactly what I need to buy, at the lowest cost from Ebay to hiave the right equipment to persue the CCNP.  Thanks.
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With the new material added last year to the CCNP, it's getting difficult to build a "cheap" CCNP lab. (wireless, VoIP, QOS, security, etc.)

That said, the focus is still IP, routing protocols and switching. Concentrate on those and use books for other topics.

For routing, 2500's will work for most topics as long as they have current IOS versions with feature sets that support the protocols you're using. A 2600 or 2800 with a 100mbps port would even better.

For switching, a layer 2 switch (2950) and a multilayer switch (3550) would do nicely.

The 2950's will go for as low as $200 on ebay but the 3550's are still around $1,000. :-(

If money is an issue, it's not as good, but you may look into renting rack time or a buying a router/switch simulator.
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