Cisco Certification: The Importance Of Building Your Own Home Lab
To earn your CCNA and CCNP, and to be effective on the job, it's more important than ever to get hands-on experience with real Cisco equipment. Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933, tells you why.
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CCNAs and CCNA candidates hear it all the time: Get some hands-on experience. From my personal experience climbing the Cisco certification ladder, I can tell you firsthand that there is no learning like hands-on learning. No simulator in the world is going to give you the experience you will get cabling and configuring your own routers.
Whenever I mention this to one of my students, they always say it costs too much. The truth is, it is cheaper now to build your own CCNA and CCNP lab than it has ever been. The secret? Used routers.
The word used turns off a lot of people not many of us buy used computers or used servers. Cisco routers, though, are robust I personally own a Cisco 4000 router that I use as a Frame Relay switch in my lab that Ive had for about four years, and Ive never had a problem with it.
The good news for current CCNA and CCNP candidates interested in building their own labs is that used Cisco equipment has never been more plentiful or cheaper. eBay is a good w
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