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CCNA Build Lists

Put 10 network engineers in front of a computer, ask them to build a home CCNP lab, and you probably get 10 different lists of gear to buy. There is no one right answer, and you may well pick a different mix than many others that post about this topic on my blog. 

 

This page holds the sample build lists developed through discussions in my blog. I will be renewing this discussion for 2010, starting around March 1st. That series will include some discussion of build lists. The build lists residing here now are samples, and will doubtless change somewhat once I get into this latest lab gear blog series. For now, feel free to review the what’s here.

  

Note that the information listed here if for your reference, but there is no warranty as to its accuracy. See the site disclaimer for legalese.


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Small Build List

 

Equipment Needed Topologies Supported



  
 

 

  • Router Pair
Pro  Con 
 
  • All the CLI navigation practice you need
  • Basic admin config
  • IP addressing, static routes
  • RIP, EIGRP, OSPF
  • PPP, CHAP
  • Can do basic routing protocol experiments with some redundancy
     
 
  • I don't like the 1721 form factor!
  • No switches
  • No Frame Relay
Devices  
Device Qty Software Net Modules,
WICs per device
Other Hardware Prices
(2/2010)
1721 2   1 WIC-2T 1 power brick $200

  

Cables  
Straight Ethernet 2
Crossover Ethernet  0
Serial crossover 2
 Rollover (Console) 1
 Power
 

 


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Medium Build List

 

Equipment Needed Topologies Supported


 

  
 

 

  • Router Pair
  • Solo switch
  • Switch Pair
Pro  Con 
 
  • Two switches, which allows some interesting STP and VTP labs
  • VLAN trunking between switches and switch-router
  • Plus features mentioned in small build sample
  • I don't like the 1721 form factor!
  • Still no Frame Relay
  • STP experiments useful, but are much more interesting with 3 switches
Devices  
Device Qty Software Net Modules,
WICs per device
Other Hardware Prices
(2/2010)
2950 2 Standard image None GBICs or SFPs as needed $140
1721 2   1 WIC-2T 1 power brick $200

 

Cables  
Straight Ethernet 3
Crossover Ethernet  4
Serial crossover 2
 Rollover (Console) 1
 Power
 

 


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Large Build List

 

Equipment Needed Topologies Supported


 

  

 

 

  • Router Pair
  • Router Triangle
  • Solo switch
  • Switch Pair
Pro  Con 
 

 

  • All the features supported by the medium build, plus...
  • More interesting layer 3 redundancy
  • Frame Relay

 

 
  • I don't like the 1721 form factor!
Devices  
Device Qty Software Net Modules,
WICs per device
Other Hardware Prices
(2/2010)
2950 2 Standard image None GBICs or SFPs as needed $140
1721 3   1 WIC-2T 1 power brick $300

  

Cables  
Straight Ethernet 4
Crossover Ethernet  4
Serial crossover 3
 Rollover (Console) 1
 Power 5
 

 

 Build Lists
 

 

  Discussions about Lab Builds

 
We’ve discussed lab builds near the end of several blog lab series over the years. Look to the Lab Gear blog series pages.

 

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