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CCNA Home Lab

By wzel30 ·
Hey all, Im studying for my CCNA exam and have ppurchased some routers:
(1) 2501
(1) 2514
(2) 1900 switches
I have the cables and everything, after playing with one router I now want to set up a small network to really get into the meat and potatoes of CCNA.
What is the optimal set up for my home lab, considering what I have.
I know that the 1900 switches are not the best but I want to set them up too. I onlyu have one computer, someone told me about reverse telnet?
Thanks for all your help

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naw that won't work.

by CG IT In reply to CCNA Home Lab

dump the 2500s and 1900s. The commands for the new generation of Routers and Switches are different than on the 2500s and 1900 catalysts.

get yourself a couple of used 2800s [frame relay on one] and 2 3600 switches.

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CCNA Home lab

by wzel30 In reply to naw that won't work.

Yeah, 2800 and 3600 routers woulb be great, but I have to start somewhere and this is what my budget can afford right now. ANy suggestions on labs I can configure with what I have?.

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Just string them together

by jdclyde In reply to CCNA Home lab

turn on the web management on the servers, and that will give you something to hit. That and ping is your friend when it comes to testing connectivity.

do your static routes
do your rip'
do your eigrp
do mixes of rip between the first, and eigrp between the next set.

You really should look at getting a switch and a second pc. Even a pII 300 will work just fine for what your going to be doing.

download apache for windows and that will give you more to play with so you can play with the acl's.

When you are typing your commands, do NOT use the shortcuts. When you write the test, they expect the full command name.

Work with your subnetting as well. Will have to be able to do that.

Work on your binary.

Learn your osi model and what each layer represents.

Sybex has some good book with practice labs, and if you get the gold lab I believe it is, it has a virtual lab. Gives you practice on current equipment with only about a $95 price tag.

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String Routers Together

by wzel30 In reply to Just string them together

Thanks JD, I do have another PC to complete the lab,I have been getting so much advice I dont know what is what. How do I put them routers togther, I was thinking of doing something like this:

but how I get the 1900 switches into play and how do I get the DTE/DCE connection to simulate a WAN.
Thank GUYs

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if your staying with 2500s

by CG IT In reply to String Routers Together

get a 2511 Access router with an octal cable. you can use the aux port on the 2511 as a dialup port for remote access. also get an ethernet transceiver for the AUX port. This allows you to access the 2511 via ethernet.

when you get switches make sure they have uplink ports. you'll pay more for a 2950 with 2 10/100/1000 uplink ports but you have to have them for STP and trunking between the swtiches.

the serial ports are you WAN ports. you need a DCE/DTE cable between them. The simulation is just passing traffic between the serial ports. you need to simulate frame relay.

The first hurtle in CCNA is knowing addressing and subnetting. you have to know it. the second hurtle is knowing protocols again you have to know them. The 3rd hurtle is practice practice practice configuring the switches and routers.

George Ou and Dave Davis have a bunch of articles on Cisco stuff. They are well written and very informative. Cisco has their own KB base. register with Cisco and read their articles on how to configure routers and switches. Most of all, read the CCNA Cisco Press books. Cisco equipment is like learning algegra. you must know the fundamentals to where you don't have any question about knowing it. Once you have the fundamentals down, then you can start with configurations. command line configurations are such that you have to know how switches and routers function using the different protocols to then configure them to work. do NOT use web interface configuration tools like Ciscoworks or Cisco Network assitant. You'll learn nothing using them.

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