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How much money are we talking for the mid level CCNA lab,how can I be sure I get all memory cards with each piece of equipment I buy, must I buy equipment that is being used today or is out of date (I think CISCO says "end of life") good enough, and who to buy from?

My gripe about Packet Tracer (and I have spent 2 semesters with it so far) is that it does not come with a manual.

Everyone is right,I want to work with the IOS and actualy configure the switches and routers. I also would like to develope the ability to chose the correct components out of the group that is currently used today(for SOHO). Take a look at how many people post "help me configure my CISCO 877 router or 5505 ASA (both being marketed towards the SOHO market). I would think I should be able to do it (after configuring routers and switches in Packet Tracer sucessfully) but no go.It is difficult to even pick the ASA,router,switch combo that go best together,and don't expect help from sales for even this level of support.I try and explain to people really out of the loop what the CCNA is and it usually comes off as 'OH just another test" not hardly.I tell my VocRehab contact that after school is done I will still have to study for the CCNA and he just is not getting how intense this test is.

I agree,some of the guys from both Train Signal and CBT Nuggets sound like they have had a few.
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^^
Well Jeremy Ciora and Chris Bryant are CCIEs.
CCENT > CCNA > CCNP > CCIE (which is hard as balls)

A good $350-450 will get you everything you need for a lab off eBay IMO. There are some that sell entire kits just for your CCNA. However, some are actually good, some are terrible rip-offs.

You can go here:
http://www.certificationkits.com/

You can either look at a lot of their setups and buy something similar off ebay, or you can just sraight buy a kit from them. My networking instructor got 3 enitre kits for the class room to use. Loved it. (Although we didn't use the textbooks, we used Cisco Press.)

As a general guideline for the CCNA, people will usually recommend 3 routers, and 3 switches. Get yourself 3 Cisco 26xx/25xx/3xxx Series routers, and 3 Cisco Catalyst switches can be just about any 29xx. As for interfaces, at least one or two serial interfaces on the routers, and some ethernet interfaces, some cables (ethernet straight-through, x-overs, serial DCE/DTE cables, and maybe one or 2 cross over cables.)
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http://www.certificationkits.com/cis...er-switch-lab/

There, perfect kit, all you need for CCNA. You can either buy it all in one shot from them or go for an adventure on eBay.
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some of those hardware kits are overkill. For everything that the CCNA covers simulators should be more than sufficient. If on the other hand the hardware would be used for CCNP lab then I would recommend getting it, with some minor tweaks. First yeah 29xx switch is nice but lacks some of the functionality required for the CCNP, I would recommend 35xx in place of them.

As for the routers, other than learning IOS commands and basic routing principles is about all the CCNA will cover, where as the CCNP and were most people get tripped up is specifically on route redistribution, tho not really that difficult to understand and setup.

So long story short, if you must have a hardware lab, do yourself a favor and get the hardware you will be able to utilize for later.
Examples for CCNA/CCNP/CCIE R&S:
2x2611XM
1x2501
2x3550 switches
1x2950 switches


Or if your going for Service Provider route
Example CCNA/CCIP/CCIE SP most of this could also be utilized for the CCVP/CCIE Voice also
3x2801 routers
1x1841 router
2x2611XM router
2x3560 switches
2x3550 switches
1x3750 switches
1x2960 switches

If you are not sure which path you want to go after your CCNA, just utilize a simulator to get it knocked out. The CCNA isn't that hard, 2-3 weeks of study is all it should take to get it done.
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