If you are a Cisco Certified Network Professionals candidate and you want to make sure that you are adequately prepared for your Cisco exams, you will probably have thought of setting up a home lab for you to practice on. If you are really canny, you can find budget-cutting ways to go about this task while at the same time putting together a solid system which will truly help you get ready for the certification exam! Read on ahead to know more!
For starters, you can work on used Cisco routers as well as switches. Not only is it the more economical decision, there is also a lot of options for you to choose from and most of them are in really great shape. But before you do go out and buy your equipment, consider first the things you already have that can also be part of your Cisco Certified Network Professionals home lab. Remember, part of the entire process also includes using whatever equipment you already have and saving more money by maximizing those! If you need to get a new router, try to aim for a 2520. This type of router comes with one Ethernet port, four serial ports as well as one ISDN practice-configured BRI interface. These different types of interfaces will definitely make your home lab practice-ready because you can actually use those as a sort of frame relay switch and at the same time use both the ports of Ethernet and BRI for your routing tasks.