Greetings Cisco Experts –
I have started to study for my CCNA and will pursue my CCNP upon completion of the CCNA. I have limited opportunities at work get on and configure the Cisco equipment, so I want to build a lab. I have decided that I want to use real Cisco equipment for the lab and not just a simulator program. I have been reading various articles and posts about building a Cisco lab, and to be honest I’m still confused about what to get. My budget is limited ($600 tops), so I don’t want to purchase unneeded equipment. Based on Wendell Odem’s recommendations, I’m leaning towards a couple of Cisco 1760s for my routers. Here are my concerns:
1. If I buy used equipment, can I get the latest IOS? If so, how do I go about that?
2. I’m not sure what cards/expansions to get on the router.
Two vendors I’m looking at are:
I hate to ask this, but can some of you take a look at these and verify that these will in fact meet my lab needs?
Thanks in advance,