I'm looking to purchase some CCNP & CCSP cisco equipment and wanted to know your thoughts as far as what equipment would be sufficient for my studies. I tried GNS3 and I believe that I'm ready for the "real thing".
I also noticed that some routers (2801 routers) online can be as cheap at $300 up to $2000 for the same device. My question is more along the lines as to why so much of a price difference? and what should I look for when purchasing this equipment?