Lab Hardware Help

Hi All, I hope someone can offer some advice.

I am trying to build a lab with the following equipment.

1760 - BB1

1760 - BB2

1760 - BB3

2610XM - FR Switch

2620XM - R1

2621XM - R2

2621XM - R3

2821 - R4

2821 - R5



I have most of the serial cards and cables I need and I will require an
additional router to act as R6. I would also look to get four (4)
WS-C3560-24TS-E or WS-C3560-24TS-S and just upgrade them since they would
be cheaper.

Would another 2600 suffice for R6 how about a 3660 (I haven't check the
feature support)? What would you recommend?

Can the 1760 routers be used as BB routers?

What router would you recommend as an access server? Do I really need one?

The biggest issue I am facing is that almost everyone of the routers I have
will require either a DRAM or flash upgrade or even both to be able to support
an Advance Enterprise image, so much so that the 2600 routers will require a
boot rom chip upgrade and maybe even the 1760 routers. Would it be better to
invest in upgrading all of these routers, getting the additional one to act as
R6 and the four switches? Or would it be better to simulate the routers using
GNS3 and getting the four switches?

Costing is a huge factor and rack rentals are not very ideal unless it is
for mock exams at least in my opinion.

Comments

  • You should get two 3550s and two 3560s over four 3560s and then take the money saved to get another 2610XM for R6.  In fact you might find it'll work better to make R1 through R4 the 2600XMs and R5 and R6 the 2821s.  You should get a 2511 as your access server.  As far as using the 1760's for the BBs check the feature navigator (http://www.cisco.com/go/fn) and compare the image you're using on the 1760's against the image we use on the 2500's.  You might also consider a remote power controller assuming you want to access your rack remote.

    Good luck with your studies!

    Brian Dennis, CCIEx5 #2210 (R&S/ISP-Dial/Security/SP/Voice)

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    From: kwillacey <[email protected]>
    Reply-To: "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
    Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 19:29:02 -0500
    To: Brian Dennis <[email protected]>
    Subject: [hardware] Lab Hardware Help

    Hi All, I hope someone can offer some advice.

    I am trying to build a lab with the following equipment.

    1760 - BB1

    1760 - BB2

    1760 - BB3

    2610XM - FR Switch

    2620XM - R1

    2621XM - R2

    2621XM - R3

    2821 - R4

    2821 - R5


    I have most of the serial cards and cables I need and I will require an
    additional router to act as R6. I would also look to get four (4)
    WS-C3560-24TS-E or WS-C3560-24TS-S and just upgrade them since they would
    be cheaper.

    Would another 2600 suffice for R6 how about a 3660 (I haven't check the
    feature support)? What would you recommend?

    Can the 1760 routers be used as BB routers?

    What router would you recommend as an access server? Do I really need one?

    The biggest issue I am facing is that almost everyone of the routers I have
    will require either a DRAM or flash upgrade or even both to be able to support
    an Advance Enterprise image, so much so that the 2600 routers will require a
    boot rom chip upgrade and maybe even the 1760 routers. Would it be better to
    invest in upgrading all of these routers, getting the additional one to act as
    R6 and the four switches? Or would it be better to simulate the routers using
    GNS3 and getting the four switches?

    Costing is a huge factor and rack rentals are not very ideal unless it is
    for mock exams at least in my opinion.




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  • Thanks for your input Brian.

    Could you tell me what IPv6 routing support the back bone routers should have because when I check the feature navigator for the 2501 with the following release 12.2(15)T16
    IP Plus I only see the following for IPv6:

    IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6)
    IPv6 Services: Extended Access Control List

    The 1760s I have can support the following:

    IPv6 Routing: IS-IS Support for IPv6
    IPv6 Routing: Multiprotocol BGP Extensions for IPv6
    IPv6 Routing: Multiprotocol BGP Link-local Address Peering
    IPv6 Routing: RIP for IPv6 (RIPng)
    IPv6 Routing: Route Redistribution
    IPv6 Routing: Static Routing

    Also any thoughts on a setup with GNS3 and four switches? If the 3725 supprts all the required features what is the real drawback? Especially if you have the hardware to run it.

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