17 May 2015

What Hardware to buy for my CCNA Lab ?

One of the frequently asked question now a days from UITA students is. "I want to do CCNA and want to build my own Lab for CCNA Exam what equipment I need to buy ? "

The requirement may vary as per your LAB design , So I am going to divide it in two plans .

  1. Budget Plan (Cheaper plan)
  2. Expert Plan (Expensive plan and you can use them in CCNP lab)
Starting from budget plan that will fulfil you basic labs requirements 
  • Router (3 Qty)
    • Cisco 2611 XM or any cheaper series 
    • Flash Memory 32/48 MB
    • System Memory 128/256 MB
    • Ethernet ports 2 x 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports 
    • IOS version 12.1(14) , 12.2(12), 12.2(8)T1, or later 

  • Switch Layer 2 (2 Qty)
    • Cisco 2950 
    • Flash Memory 8 MB
    • System Memory 16 MB
    • Ethernet ports 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet ports 
    • IOS version 12.1(11)EA1 or later 
  • Switch Layer 3 (1 Qty) This is not compulsory  it will cover inter Vlan routing but this will not be useful in CCNP Labs 
    • Cisco 3550
    • Flash Memory 64 MB
    • System Memory 256 MB
    • Ethernet ports 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet ports 
    • IOS version 12.1(12c)EA1 or later 
Expert plan , This lab would be slightly expensive, however it can be used in CCNP prepration with some additional equipment.

  • Router (3 Qty)
    • Cisco 2811 ISR or Above 
    • Flash Memory 64 MB / 256 MB
    • System Memory 512MB / 768 MB
    • Ethernet ports 2 x Ethernet ports 
    • IOS version 12.3(8)T or later 

  • Switch Layer 2 (2 Qty)
    • Cisco 2960 or Above 
    • Flash Memory 64 MB 
    • System Memory 128 MB
    • Ethernet ports 24  Ethernet ports 
    • IOS version 12.2(18)SE or later 
  • Switch Layer 3 (1 Qty)
    • Cisco 3750 or Above 
    • Flash Memory 128 MB 
    • System Memory 256 MB
    • Ethernet ports 24  Ethernet ports 
    • IOS version 12.2(18)SE or later
Other items for the lab set-up  are as below. 
  • 3x Console Cable
  • 5x Ethernet Cable
  • 5x Crossover Cable
  • 6x Power Cable
  • 1x 12Unit Desktop Rack .

I hope this helps , all the best for you preparation.


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