Cisco CCNP Switch Lab Equipment

Hi Raymond,

For stackwise I would recommend to get 2x the same 3750:

https://networklessons.com/switching/cisco-stackwise/

Rene

Btw the LRE model (Long Reach Ethernet) only has 2x FastEthernet ports, the other ports are LRE ports.

Rene,
Isn’t the iOS version the most important fact…rather than the switch model?
I have played with all iOS (iOS 12.2,12.4, 15m&T) and they all offer differing CLI commands and functionality e.g. in iOS 12.2 there is no SDM, UDLD etc.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I can ascertain, if you want to practice with ALL the commands, the only iOS that provides ALL commands is iOs 15.x.x.

Hi Seamus,

That’s right but the IOS is easily replaced on these switches.

For CCNA/CCNP, using the latest 12.2 IP services image on the 3560/3750 supports 99% of the commands. Of course the 15.X images support everything but those switches are also a bit pricier.

Rene

It can be so frustrating with both Packet tracer and GNS3. Packet tracer 6.2 uses 12.2 with 2960 and 3560 but lacks commands. You can use iOS 15x in GNS3, but with GNS3 it is a nightmare to set up a fully functioning L2 or L3 switch lab (without adding modules and using Virtual appliances). It’s a complex task. Maybe I’m wrong about GNS3 but I’ve read everything that GNS3 has to offer in building a CCNP capable switch lab and to tell you the truth, I’ve failed.

It would be absolutely invaluable if "somebody " created a fully functional GNS3 L2 & L3 topology or showed a simple and straightforward way to do so and shared it with us students…like somebody with a CCIE that provides great training on a great site :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :)…

Seamus

Hi Seamus,

It can be for sure, it’s also time consuming which is better spent at actual learning :slight_smile: GNS3 has always worked very well for routing but not for switching. The only thing it could do is emulate the switch module in one of the routers, it works but it’s very limited compared to a catalyst switch. Nowadays GNS3 also supports IOU which has L2 images. If you can get it working then most of the switching commands are supported.

Packet tracer is nice but it’s a simulator, you’ll always have some unsupported commands or differences with show/debug commands. I’ll give GNS3 with IOU a try, haven’t used since I have some 3560/3750 switches that I use for labs :slight_smile: VIRL is also a good option btw.

Rene

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Hi rene, i just finished my CCNP ROUTE and passed the exam! :smiley: now im studying for the switch.

i think i will go for the normal lab.

 

2 x 2950

1 x 3560

 

in ROUTE, i only use GNS3, so in SWITCH, its all switch? theres no need of router?

Good job John!

You will be fine with the 2x 2950 and 1x 3560. There are some “router” related topics but you can practice them in GNS3 if needed.

Rene

With real switches setup in the triangle, where would I get all the practice labs that I would need to implement on them for practice?

Hi Ken,

You can follow along with the examples I have in my lessons or try some of the GNS3Vault labs:

Rene

Rene, just want to ask. In order to practice in CCNP Switch you need switches but also it is good to have routers which they will work as Client/PC or DHCP Server for example. What model of routers you recommend to buy and build in home lab? Thanks for your suggestions and respond.

Hi Peter,

You could use some routers as clients/servers but some (old) computers/laptops will also do the job. If you want real hardware, take a look at the 1841/2811 routers. Those are great and cheap nowadays. Just make sure they have enough RAM + flash so you can run IOS 15.x

Rene

Can we use 2 3750’s and 1 3550?

Hello Tim

Sure, the 3750s and the 3550s are a good fit for CCNP switch. It should be more than enough for your studies!

Laz

Hi Rene/Laz ,

I am planning make lab setup for ccnp switch complete lab setup , there are multiple variant with different hw part numbers as below . can you please suggest me which i can use for multiple purposes like routing too like and also complete switching and also if i choose cheaper variant will it support all features . Shall i go for 3 numbers of 3750 ?

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Cisco Catalyst 3750Series Switch ME-C3750-24TE-M Catalyst 3750, 24 x 10/100 + 4 x SFP Rs. 14,499/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750-48PS-S Catalyst 3750, 24 x 10/100/1000 Rs. 8,999/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750E-24TD-S Catalyst 3750, 24 x 10/100/1000 + 2 x X2 Rs. 21,799/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750E-48TD-S Catalyst 3750, 48 x 10/100/1000 + 2 x X2 Rs. 72,499/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750G-24TS-S1U Catalyst 3750, 24 x 10/100/1000 + 4 x SFP Rs. 21,799/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750-24FS-S Catalyst 3750, 24 x 100Base-FX + 2 x SFP Rs. 14,499/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750G-24TS-S Catalyst 3750, 24 x 10/100/1000 + 4 x SFP Rs. 10,199/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750G-24PS-E Catalyst 3750, 24 x 10/100/1000 (PoE) + 4 x SFP Rs. 28,999/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750G-48TS-S Catalyst 3750, 48 x 10/100/1000 + 4 x SFP Rs. 18,199/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750G-48TS-E Catalyst 3750, 48 x 10/100/1000 + 4 x SFP Rs. 36,299/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750G-12S-SD Catalyst 3750, 12 x SFP Rack-mountable 1U Rs. 57,999/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750G-12S-S Catalyst 3750, 12 x Gigabit SFP Rs. 21,799/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750G-48PS-S Catalyst 3750, 48 x 10/100/1000 (PoE) + 4 x SFP Rs. 36,499/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750G-24T-S Catalyst 3750, 24 x 10/100/1000 Rs. 13,099/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750E-48PD-SF Catalyst 3750, 48 x 10/100/1000 (PoE) + 2 x X2 Rs. 25,399/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750E-24PD-E Catalyst 3750, 24 x 10/100/1000 (PoE) + 2 x X2 Rs. 72,999/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750-24TS-S Catalyst 3750, 24 x 10/100 + 2 x SFP Rs. 7,299/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750V2-24TS-S Catalyst 3750, 24 x 10/100 + 2 x SFP Rs. 28,999/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750-24TS-E Catalyst 3750, 24 x 10/100 + 2 x SFP Rs. 6,499/-
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switch WS-C3750E-48PD-S Catalyst 3750, 48 x 10/100/1000 (PoE) + 2 x X2 Rs. 72,499/
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Hello Sameer

For your CCNP studies, the important thing is that the device support switching, routing protocols, QoS, FHRPs, NAT/PAT, and security features. Most of these devices will cover these. Note that the differences in these devices that you have listed deal with particular functionalities that are not covered in the exam. These include Power over Ethernet and Metro Ethernet features to name a couple. Also, the number of ports is not so important since you won’t be connecting more than several hosts for any lab.

One thing you should ensure when choosing your device is that the IOS image it contains supports IPv4 and IPv6 routing. Other than that, you can choose any one of the above devices for your labs.

I hope this has been helpful!

Laz

Thanks Laz , 1 more question i thinking can load different images (same image i am using in gns3) . Suppose i am buying cheapest box and load and try all the variant of gns3 images for that platform --is it will work or box will break ? can you help me take further decision ?

Hello Sameer

It is possible to purchase a model that has another IOS image and to upgrade that image with one that you may have. You just have to ensure that the image being used is compatible with the specific platform, and that you have the appropriate amount of memory required for it. By going to the Cisco Feature Navigator and searching by platform, you can see all of the compatible IOS versions, as well as their requirements as far as DRAM and Flash go:

You can’t break a device, even if you load the wrong IOS version. If it is not supported it will simply inform you in the CLI during bootup.

I hope this has been helpful!

Laz

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Thanks a lot Laz , i will check all this before buying and it is very helpful .

Hi @lagapides ,

Is there are any cheap alternatives or software instead of getting a terminal server , is it really required . I am searching for cisco 2511/2509 but these i am not getting anywhere .