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  1. Hi rene,
    I am preparing for my ccna and I have passed mt icnd1.

    So far I have been using packet tracer but I think its time for me to use real equipment.

    At the same time, I wanted to get equipements that will be valid for usage in both ccna and ccnp.

    Should I still get 2950 and 3550 ? I am not sure if they support ios15.
    Also, as I am getting reburbish unit from knowledgecomputer (local company) instead of from ebay due to electronic taxes and power concerns, the price are slightly more steep.

    How many of the switches should I get ? 3 x l2 and 1xl3 ?
    Also, f

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  2. Hi Muhammad,

    I’m going to make sure everything is up-to-date for the new CCNA/CCNP exams. 90% of the content is probably the same though.

    For now, I would recommend to pass the current exams if you are already studying. If you are starting from scratch today then I would look into the new blueprints.

    My material will get you a long way to CCIE but you will also have to get some workbooks to prepare yourself for the lab.


  3. Hello Asim

    I’m not sure I understand your question, but I will attempt to clarify. Packet Tracer is a programme used to simulate Cisco networks including routers, switches, PCs (including configuration of the NICs) and their interconnection and configuration. You install it on your PC and you can do all of your labs for CCNA level learning on this simulator. You can find the software and more information at

    GNS3 is another suite of programmes that allows you to more realistically emulate Cisco

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  4. Hello Jason

    Those switches would be more than sufficient for a three switch topology for most labs in CCNA and CCNP. Keep in mind however that the 2960 does not support routing, so if you need to do any labs using layer 3 switch functionality you’ll need to use the 3550s. Sounds like a nice lab setup to start off with!

    I hope this has been helpful!


  5. Hi Laz,

    Thanks for the quick reply. Currently my lab consists of
    1 X 2960 - 24 port switch
    2 X 3560 - 48 port PoE switches (they are actually 3560’s not 3550’s)
    1 X 2511 (as console server)
    3 X 1841 Routers
    1 X 2821 router

    Hopefully with the great material here I will get my CCNA by the end of the year.


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