i've already went through the net academy. that thing is a piece of cake. but cisco actually donates that hardware to schools kinda, like a free lease. but once the schools get done w/ the hardware they have to return it. They sell the cisco labs for a hefty piece of change, or you can find companies that upgrade their equipment all the time. i did the latter. i don't have the money to pay for my lab, i just have to get it on a donated basis. right now im' trying to work two big companies for them.
btw vsingh, cisco 2600's don't cost that much on ebay. matter of fact, i got my 2600 for free. i just need a couple more w/ some serial module cards. and if you're only in semester 1 and 2, access lists suck major puckered starfish, just remember that