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The remaining cables I needed arrived from Hong Kong today, so I have my home lab complete! Everything is cabled up in IPE standard topology. I spent some time this afternoon properly labeling all the interfaces, and making sure everything came up OK. I did run into 1 bad DTC/DTE crossover cable…good thing I had some more laying around.

I think tonight I will work on getting the frame relay up and going, assigning IP addresses, etc.

Here are some pictures, taken on my new blackberry curve!

Joe A - Home Lab 1

Joe A - Home Lab 2

Joe A - Home Lab 3


12 Responses to “Home Lab Complete – Pictures!”

  1. CCIE Journey on September 12th, 2008 4:32 pm

    LOL I hope your bedroom isn’t directly above that!

  2. fivedigits on September 12th, 2008 8:16 pm

    Gear porn!

    I’m jealous, I am putting together a study rack but mine will be at work. I will have remote access to it but it would be nice to have at home.

  3. Joe A on September 13th, 2008 12:47 am

    Hey don’t sweat it fivedigits, at least work flips the power bill 🙂

  4. Caue Wailemann on September 13th, 2008 10:04 am

    Hey buddy!

    Very nice! Congratulations!

    Probably my wife would kill me if I had the same here! 🙂

    Best of lucky in your studies man!

    Caue Wailemann

  5. CCIETalk.com on September 13th, 2008 11:56 am

    Congrats!!! I went through this exercise back in june and it was interesting 🙂

  6. Wayne Lawson on September 13th, 2008 2:08 pm

    Nice pics! You’re getting close to looking like our computer rooms at the office! -grin- Keep up the good work – and good luck with your prep! – Wayne

  7. CCIETalk.com on September 14th, 2008 12:44 am

    btw here is the link to mine :0 http://www.ccietalk.com/my-lab

  8. Joe A on September 14th, 2008 7:03 pm

    CCIETalk, nice lab!!! I really should get a rack at some point…and I really need those 3550/3560s too. I am already finding troubles doing the labs, because some tasks call for L3 stuff on the switches, routing on the switches, certain features that are not available on the 2950. I guess I will just have to get some 1 at a time.

  9. CCIETalk on September 15th, 2008 1:56 pm

    Joe – Yeah there is nothing better than owning your own equipment. Its an investment that to me was worth making. I am not sure how far along you are in your studies but when I pass my lab my plan is to put this up for sale as a bundle and save someone the time and hassle of finding equipment 🙂 My lab is perfect for IE and Narbik’s WBs.

  10. event82 on September 19th, 2008 3:51 am

    there is good lab,but iam dont have anything for build my lab…success for your CCIE man

  11. Nickelby Thane on September 23rd, 2008 6:02 am

    Hi Event82. You could do it like me, Dynamips and 4 units of 3560 switches. Unfortunately to save costs, I am having the 8 ports version of those switches (well on loan anyway) so a few modifications need to be done if you’re following any vendor’s topology especially since most vendors will require more than 9 ports available on each switch (e.g. IE requires a max of 12 ports on each switch).

    If you can afford Dynamips + 4 units of the 24 ports 3560s, you are set to go. And yeah you need a reasonable PC to run Dynamips efficiently too (you might consider Linux to cut down on the resources ;-))

  12. Wael on October 23rd, 2008 7:54 am

    For my good luck I have such lab at work and also a dynamips server for our work. yes nothing like working on your dedicated LAB.

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