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post #31 of 37
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My main goal was to have fun while learning how to configure these routers. What exactly did I want set up configuration wise? Other than having the router control my IP addressing, I'd also like the ability to set up VLANS. Certification wise, I'm not sure if I would ever go further than my CCNA which I will be getting way down the road from now. I think I'd rather save my $800 to buy a more up to date router. I'd feel like I was shooting myself in the foot putting a $800 part into a router I paid ten bucks for.
post #32 of 37
LOL.. yeah, don't buy that HWIC.

But you still can use those to practice for your CCNA if you ever wanted. I have worked on everything from a 600 series to CRS-1 and the commands are still pretty much the same so they are still good for learning.
post #33 of 37
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Haha sounds good, I still need practice making cables anyway so I might as well just rig these routers all up for a make-shift lab without internet connectivity for the time being. Thanks again for all the advice.
post #34 of 37
No problem, let me know if you get stuck and I will try to help.
post #35 of 37
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Well since you offered lol, do you think this switch would be worth it? It'd be about $65 shipped, it's a 24 port Cisco Catalyst 2950. It's got 24 100MB ports and support for VLANs lol. That's about the extent of my knowledge lol.

Link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Cisco-Catalyst-2...item2309f4be5b
post #36 of 37
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Well since you offered lol, do you think this switch would be worth it? It'd be about $65 shipped, it's a 24 port Cisco Catalyst 2950. It's got 24 100MB ports and support for VLANs lol. That's about the extent of my knowledge lol.

Link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Cisco-Catalyst-2...item2309f4be5b

Your routers don't suppot 802.1q Vlan switching. So, unless you are just planning bashing around the switches IOS, or willing to buy 3 of them to truly be able to use etherchannel, trunking, and vlan switching I'd say no... IF you're crafty it's possible in gns3 to connect to the switch and virtual cisco router to practice your Vlan trunking routing on a stick junk.

That said.. If you do buy one, try and get one with the EI version.
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post #37 of 37
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Not so sure I'm crafty enough in the cisco world for that yet haha. I'll pass and save my money. Thank you


Edit: If I wanted to hook up a server in my home that could talk to the outside world, we'll use a game sever as a (very possible) example. Would it be smart to hook this server up to it's own private VLAN or subnet so it's "serperate" from the rest of my personal network, security wise?

I just figured maybe if someone gets mad enough I ban them from the server and they get through my security, I wouldn't want my personal computers to go down as well. Am I right in wanting to use a VLAN here? Or will it make no difference/is there a better different solution?
Edited by My arms stuck - 10/8/10 at 11:20am
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