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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.

Comments

9 Responses to “The Poor Man’s CCIE Lab Near Complete”

  1. Joe on August 29th, 2008 2:41 pm

    Damnit, I suck at blogging…All I want to do is post a list of my equipment, but it got all screwed up. I am not really sure how to format it to make it look pretty so I guess it will just have to look shitty. Sorry everybody.

  2. liquid on August 29th, 2008 5:01 pm

    Don’t feel bad, i suck at blogging too. At least it looked great in the RSS reader.

    That is shaping up to be a good rack. I have been toying around with using an ESX server to virtual machines at the opposite ends of the vendor workbooks for testing QoS etc, trying to make it seem like a real network.

    Good luck with the studies and I am enjoying the blog!

    liquid
    blog.insomniacnetwork.com

  3. Joe A on August 29th, 2008 5:42 pm

    Wow…this actually looks perfect on my home machine (20.1″ widescreen dell monitor”) but at work on the standard 17″ 4:3 it looked like crap.

  4. CCIE Journey on August 29th, 2008 5:46 pm

    It is the theme and you monitor size :). If I knew what I was doing I would edit the theme to expand the middle column…

  5. CCIE Journey on August 29th, 2008 6:02 pm

    If I use IE instead of Firefox I don’t even see the right sidebar lol. I might have to look for a new theme.

  6. ok on August 30th, 2008 10:57 am

    A picture of your basement would be cool? =)

  7. CCIETalk.com on August 30th, 2008 11:03 am

    Any reason you wanted to go with IPExpert’s topology? I went with IE’s topology that can be easily re-wired for Narbik’s WBs. Are you tracking your $$? I almost got a heartattack once I was done spending $$ on mine lol

  8. Joe A on August 30th, 2008 12:07 pm

    Unfortunately, my digital camera was broken last new years eve in some sort of incident involving alcohol I’m sure. I have yet to replace it.

    CCIETalk, I went with the IPExpert topology because I have their blended learning solution, and will be working through their material. I don’t have any IE products.

    Maybe I could take some crappy pix at least with my blackberry and post them up though!

  9. Joe A on August 31st, 2008 1:54 am

    Sweeeeeeet, I just won a NM-1E to use for that last Eth interface on R7 on ebay for ONE DOLLAR…yes $1! Supposedly not DOA, we will see.

    Also, I ordered up my smartserial to db60 and smartserial to smartserial dte/dce cables, and all my crossover cat-5 cables, as well as some aui transceivers for the bb routers so the lab should be as complete as it is going to be for a while pretty soon

    I will try to post some pix from my blackberry after the weekend…Out of town at the in-laws place for the holiday : )

    At least I left the AS and the Frame-Switch running at home, so I was able to telnet in and setup all my standard IPexpert topology DLCIs on the frame switch

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