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CCNP / CCSP lab at home

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I went to ebay and am considering purchasing CCNP/CCSP Lab equipment and I wanted to know if there is a link or information on how to setup up a home lab?  Also, is it going to be neccessary to have a modem at home.  I'm presently setup my linksys router as a bridge/switch and I'm getting the internet through my next door neighbor, via wifi.  His wifi router is 192.168.1.1 and my router is 192.168.2.2 and I've modified the device with dd-wrt software.
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Top Expert 2010

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Before you go out and buy lab equipment, have you considered other alternatives; one being gns3 which utilizes dynamips (Hypervisor).
http://www.gns3.net/
http://www.ipflow.utc.fr/index.php/Cisco_7200_Simulator

I used the program to pass my CCNP while others have spent several hundred to thousands of dollars.
The labs that I used were from the CCNP study books; typically you can use several that others have built:

http://www.gns3-labs.com/
http://www.gns3-labs.com/category/ccnp/

Hope this will help you
Good Luck to you on your pursuit of the CCNP

Billy

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Thanks this information is great!

Do you have any info on the CCSP labs?  Also, can you send me some router/switch ios or at least send me the names I should be looking for?
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Check www.blindhog.net

You can find many tutorials on using GNS3 (you can simulate Cisco PIX, ASA, even IDS on GNS3). You will need L3 swithch (like 3550) cause it can't be simulated using GNS3 (there are switching NM-16ESW but they simulate only L2 switch).

This site has many helpful labs ready to use with GNS3
http://www.gns3-labs.com/

Usually people use Cisco 3640 and 7200 images for GNS3 (support for all features). And seprate images to simulate PIX or ASA. There is a tone of information on the web. Google it and you will find all the answers.

And don't ask for IOS, it is illegal to share it. You need a Smart Service at Cisco to get IOS legally (there are many places where people get it "the other way" but you have to figure it out yourself, we can't help you with that).

HTH

Cheers

Commented:
Sorry for double posting about gns3-labs rfc1180, didn't see the link

HTH

Cheers
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
piwowarc, no worries, all is good. What you post might cover what I missed :)
Yeah, asking for images is taboo, however, google is your friend :)

Billy