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Cisco packet tracer is great for a simulation. Personally I think it's better than GNS3. It is also free. I used it to practice for my CCNP before I got my cert. There is also a lot of kits on ebay that are intended for the CCNA/CCNP. I was looking at this one for like $200, it included 3 2620xm cisco routers and 2 2*** series switches.
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cisco packet tracer I highly recommend. i use it in my computer networking class at my high school. i would recommend giving it a try. it is free, and is a great simulator
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cisco packet tracer I highly recommend. i use it in my computer networking class at my high school. i would recommend giving it a try. it is free, and is a great simulator
It's freeware is your a student if the Networking Academy.

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Cisco packet tracer is great for a simulation. Personally I think it's better than GNS3. It is also free. I used it to practice for my CCNP before I got my cert. There is also a lot of kits on ebay that are intended for the CCNA/CCNP. I was looking at this one for like $200, it included 3 2620xm cisco routers and 2 2*** series switches.
See I was thinking about getting hardware and setting up an actual lab at home but I don't see a need to spend all that money on out dated equipment. Sure it's nice to have the hand on aspect of it but I don't see the point. Plus with the links provided by previous posters it looks like I wont need to worry about getting hardware until it's actually something I can use on my own network.
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packet tracer is nice for ccna and ccna security, i used it for both but i also use gns3 a lot especially for ccnp, there some things you cant do in gns3 though for switching like pvlans, vacls and bunch of other things but for ROUTE you can do everything
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Just got a pix 501 to work with . Looks like I'll be toying with this a bit also.
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It's freeware is your a student if the Networking Academy.

^ This. My prof got in some major doo doo for having us use it in class when we were not part of the cisco academy. Now we are using GNS3
 
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See I was thinking about getting hardware and setting up an actual lab at home but I don't see a need to spend all that money on out dated equipment. Sure it's nice to have the hand on aspect of it but I don't see the point. Plus with the links provided by previous posters it looks like I wont need to worry about getting hardware until it's actually something I can use on my own network.
It's worth it if you plan on moving up in the CCNA certification track. I don't think there are any CCIE's that worked off of simulators alone. But if you just want the CCNA cert to work at a place like Best Buy then yea, you don't need a home lab.

I don't know what your long term goals are but I'm looking into starting my own home lab that hopefully can be used towards CCIE material. At the very least I can always sell whatever I don't need anymore on e-bay. Don't think of it as an unnecessary expense but an investment in yourself. That is, of course, if you want to move up in Cisco certifications. If not then stick with simulators because for just CCNA you don't need to buy any equipment, (I wouldn't even pay for a simulator...packet tracer worked fine for me).
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I really hope someone having their CCNA would be able to get a better job than best buy.
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I really hope someone having their CCNA would be able to get a better job than best buy.
Without hands on experience, I wouldn't expect much.

'If' you get called in for an interview from the stacks of CCNA resumes how are you going explain to the hiring comity you've never even touched a real device. If you want a paper certification go right ahead. That's like taking a MCITP without ever installing Server 2008, and just reading out of the book and taking practice exams. Employers are not going to let anyone like that touch their production equipment.

Would you if you had 5 years experience in building and perfecting your companies infrastructure and finally get the budget to hire another guy to help out around the place? You had better be related, because the CCNP is the new CCNA.. That's just the plain hard fact.
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