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CCNA Home Lab Recommendations

I am looking to build a CCNA lab the will cover for CCNA and the add-ons for CCNA (Voice, Security, etc.) I have read tons of info about the different equip to get but it ranges a lot. I was wondering what would be suggested to start my own CCNA lab at home. I currently have a 28U rack running 4 Dell SC1425. Do you recommend buying in kits or individually?

From what I gather:
3x routers (2600XM series with IOS 12.4)
3x switches (2950 with IOS?)
cables and adapters.

Any suggestions would be great! Thanks
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davcarey
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dacaseyCommented:
I would add the PIX/ASA to your lab....
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moon_blue69Commented:
To start with i would recommend - using packet tracer a virtualisation free of cost
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davcareyAuthor Commented:
I use Packet Tracer currently, but as I start out with Cisco, I am trying to get the equip now so that I am ready as I get into it more. I am taking the Cisco in 4 college courses, I am just about to complete the first. I am now just starting to work with the CLI.
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moon_blue69Commented:
Ok

get a decent lab off ebay with two - three switches, and 2-3 routers 2900. you might need 1700 routers if you plan to practice igrp. and isdn simulator if you plan to learn isdn simulator. search in ebay there are specialised lab sellers. I bought one myself all good.
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greg wardSystems EngineerCommented:
The 1760 with adsl and vpn module would be a good idea as you can use it for home broadband you can set up a home vpn not part of ccna but good experience also it does voice with a dvpm module.
If you have adsl 2 you could get an 877 .
for a switch you could add a 3524 poe switch useful if you add phones or wireless later.

Greg
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QlemoC++ DeveloperCommented:
This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program.  See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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