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I recently spearheaded an electronics recycling effort at work - getting rid of effectively 10 years accumulation of old, broken or outdated electronics; computers, monitors, phones, switches, etc etc...

In the midst of it, one of my bosses dug up two PIX units that weren't being used but are still fully functional and let me have them. I'm starting my CCNA courses which are required for my InfoSec degree, so I'm thinking awesome - free corporate firewalls - even if they're old they're still great to learn on.

I was planning on getting some home lab equipment to work with early next year - but looking at some prices at eBay I think I might jump on it early. My problem is this: I want gigabit switches. Any router would work fine in a home setting, but I'd like gigabit on the LAN.

From what I've found the 3500XL series has reasonably priced gigabit switches - $80 used for an 8 port. Thing is, that is just the base unit, no interfaces. The 3500's use GBICs, but as I'm searching there appear to be a number of different models of GBICs and I can't find anything specifying which I can/can't use in a WS-3508G switch. Do any of them work (standard connection?) and each model just has slight variances? Or do I have to use specific ones?

On that note, any specific router suggestions?
    
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You can use either the WS-G5483 or 5482 to convert those into standard RJ45 port links.
The only problem is that they are generally $15-20 per GBIC on eBay.
I have a couple G5484 ones in mine, however those will facilitate multimode fiber uplinks to other switches.

Routerwise some sort of 2600 series is generally a solid bet for a lab environment.
Preferably XM series as they can run hotter software and have had a more recent support coverage.

PIX will be okay to learn on, but you will not need anything hardware firewall wise until you are looking at the CCNP Security.
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nice, 2 PIX FWs for free smile.gif
these are my current routers
1 x CISCO 3620 Router 64D/16F 12.4 IOS
2x  CISCO 2621 Router  64D/16F IOS:c2600-bino3s3-mz.123-26.bin

and the following
Module Cards
2x  WIC-1T Serial connection Module Card for serial connection between Routers
1x NM-4T Serial Connaction Module for 3640 Router
1x NM-2E2W Module Card with 2 FastEthernet Ports
1x WIC-1DSU-56K Module Card

as to GBICs have a look here http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/interfaces_modules/transceiver_modules/compatibility/matrix/OL_6981.html#wp137285
Cisco WS-C3524-XL-EN-RF Catalyst XL 3500 Switch is my L3 switch smile.gif
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Thanks to the both of you!
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PIX will be okay to learn on, but you will not need anything hardware firewall wise until you are looking at the CCNP Security.

On the long-range radar, as it were.
    
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