Cheap Cisco switch to practice configuring

Hi Experts,

We use Cisco 3750 switches at work. I would like to buy one so I can practice configuring it at home, but even used on Ebay that are expensive. Is there a cheaper used Cisco switch I could buy on Ebay that uses the same configuration commands?
DColinAsked:
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Jonathan BriteSystem AdminCommented:
why not just use the Cisco simulators?  Everything will be the same except the electric bill.
netcmhCommented:
I would recommend, for experience configuring labs and such, to download a simulator like GNS3: http://www.gns3.com/. You'd still need access to Cisco to download the images, though.

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netcmhCommented:
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DColinAuthor Commented:
"As mentioned earlier, you must provide your own Cisco IOS and license for IOU to use with GNS3 due to licensing issues."

What does the above mean?
Jonathan BriteSystem AdminCommented:
there are many free simulators/emulators out there that you can use for free.
netcmhCommented:
Well, the IOSes are not free. You have to pay Cisco to use these.
DColinAuthor Commented:
Jonathan Brite,

Any you recommend?
DColinAuthor Commented:
netcmh,

Any idea how much?
netcmhCommented:
Just as an idea and because we use this company for some of our stuff: http://www.cdw.com/shop/search/RESULTS.ASPX?key=Cisco+IOS&platform=all
Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
Download and use GNS3, it does not get any cheaper than that.
DColinAuthor Commented:
nattygreg,

I have to purchase a Cisco IOS and license to use GNS3, or am I missing something?
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
As mentioned earlier, you must provide your own Cisco IOS and license for IOU to use with GNS3 due to licensing issues.
https://community.gns3.com/docs/DOC-1751
Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
I used it a while back n I didn't have to maybe they have change the rules
Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
I just check, I don't see it on their site
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
You mean the link above? Scroll down a bit to step 3.
Or do you mean something else?
Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
They said if you download and activate the switches and router b4 June 9,2015 they will work cause thats last day they can give out free licenses

please see link
 https://community.gns3.com/activity/
netcmhCommented:
Unless I'm mistaken, I believe you read the article for the Solarwinds product. I tried looking for other articles with the date criteria and came up blank. As mentioned by me and other experts here, you need to buy your own Cisco IOS licenses.

https://community.gns3.com/docs/DOC-1785#jive_content_id_Where_do_I_source_IOS_images
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
So did you get a license?
netcmhCommented:
Thanks for the grade. Good luck.
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