I’ve been accumulating a bunch of equipment now for quite some time…trying to get to the point where I could finally put together a half way respectable home lab for studying. Last night I pulled an all nighter setting up most of my home lab! My goal was to replicate the IPexpert R/S topology the best I could. I still need some cables, 1 more ethernet interface, and ideally some more RAM and Flash for some stuff so I can run newer code, but all in all it seems halfway decent.

Here is the topology diagram I was attempting to replicate:

Below is what I put together using equipment I have

Device                        Model                   Interfaces       IOS                  RAM/Flash

Access-Server            2511                     16 Async.       12.1(27b)          8/16

Frame-Switch             2520                     4 Serial           12.1(27b)         8/16

R1                              2611                     2 Eth              12.2(46a)           40/8

R2                              3640                     2 Eth/4 Serial 12.4(19)            128/32

R4                              3640                     2 Eth/4 Serial 12.3(26)            96/32

R5                              3640                     1 FastEth/1 Eth/4 Ser. 12.2(46a)       96/16

R6                               3640                     2 Eth/4 Serial  12.4(19)           128/32

R7                              2610XM                1 FastEth/2 Serial 12.3(26)           96/48

R8Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2610XMÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 FastEth/1 Eth/2 Ser. 12.4(21)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 128/48

R9                              2610XM                2 FastEth/2 Serial   12.4(21)       128/48

BB1                             2610                     1 Eth/2 Serial    12.3(26)       32/8

BB2                            2501                       1 Eth/2 Serial     12.1(27b)     16/8

BB3                            2514                       2 Eth/2 Serial     12.1(27b)      8/8

Cat1-2                      2950G-48              48 FastEth/2 Gig  12.1(22)        20/8

Cat3-4                      2950G-24              24 FastEth/2 Gig   12.1(22)       20/8

So yeah… I either need to find an ethernet NM for R7, or just replace it with a 2611…I need a few ethernet transceivers for the BB routers, a few more cables (some of my serials are smartserial, so I need smartserial dte/dce cables , then I need a buttload of ethernet crossover cables). I have all my DB60 crossover cables, all my power cables, and all my straight through cables. Unfort. the 2950 does not support MDIX so no dice there. I know I will be limited on the catalyst stuff for sure as far as QoS and some security stuff, not sure what else. So far as I know all my routers run all the routing protocols. I have the newest code on them they can take given their RAM/Flash. I always tried to go wtih enterprise, but some of them are just IP. I did check the IOS features thing at Cisco and even the IP images listed BGP-4, EIGRP, OSPF, etc.

I am honestly not really sure what to do with my backbone routers hehe. I mean yeah I know in the labs and workbooks they are used to inject routes and stuff…what do you do, just make them up? It’s not like I peer BGP to my ISP or something.

Hopefully, I will get some 3550’s in there to replace the 2950’s at some point when I get money. Oh yeah I don’t have a rack, but I have this big ass wooden shelf in my basement that was left by the previous owners…actually makes a pretty good rack! Except if I need to move or replace something it’s a pain but not so bad. I never thought I’d be using ALL 16 lines of my 2511 AS hehe…awesome.