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Has anybody used this? Is it worth the money? I'm going to start studying for the exams here pretty soon. I've taken the courses already and I already have the books, I'm going to go back and read them cover to cover. All I'm looking for is Lab work really, and this looks like it would do the job. Wondering if anyone could give me some insight.
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I used back when I was studying for my CCNA back in highschool. It was good. It was supplied free to us at the time.

What cisco course are you studying for?

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Was it the whole simulator that was offered free or was just packet tracer? Either way if it's worth it I'll pay the money for it.

I took CCNA phases 1-4 about 2 years ago but I know they changed things around so instead of CCNA you have to take the ICND exams. It should cover all the same stuff so that's why I was curios as to how well it was.
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Was it the whole simulator that was offered free or was just packet tracer? Either way if it's worth it I'll pay the money for it.

I took CCNA phases 1-4 about 2 years ago but I know they changed things around so instead of CCNA you have to take the ICND exams. It should cover all the same stuff so that's why I was curios as to how well it was.
You can still take the 640-802 exam.

Just use Dynamips/Dynagen or, if you're lazy GNS3.
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I actually just downloaded Dynagen about an hour ago, I'm going to give it a go and see how I like it. I would just like some labs to work on though, something to work the cobwebs out you know? haha.
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Well how convenient! It looks like it has a good bit of information there, thanks for that.
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Yep, one other place that has some good labs is GNS3-Labs. When you are a little more proficient you can sign up over at Packetlife.net and test it out on the free community lab.

Have fun..
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Honestly, when Using PacketTracer, GNS3, or Dynamips, and then switching over to an actual real physical lab, I didn't really see much of a difference. Only thing with a physical lab is that routers and switches take time with commands and you can't upgrade the IOS in packet tracer. Other than that I think they all are fine, I don't think you need to have to pay for a simulator though.

freeccnaworkbook.com is pretty good.
I never bothered with PAcketlife.net but it is a good resource.
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Their are plenty of limitations between the three, all take a distant second in comparison to a home lab.
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