personal cloud lab

It has been a while since I posted here on the blog and I figured now is as good a time as any.  I still use the CR-48 daily for surfing the net but I changed jobs and now rarely do any thing on the internet at home, except work.

After about a month at my new job, I was asked if I would like to move over to the network team and start working on getting my Cisco certs.  I have always had a decent understanding of the Cisco gear and how things connect, but I decided it would be nice to get my feet wet and actually know how to configure the gear instead of just talk about it.  So, a long with my quest for a CCNA, I started building a home CCNA lab.

The picture above shows my transportable lab that I can carry to the garage whenever I will not be working on it which is handy since my wife and I are trying to sell our house and have showings during the work day.  A coworker gave me the two 2514 routers at the top and the nifty lab rack whenever he heard I was going for my Cisco certs.  Down at the bottom is a 1721 router that I scored on eBay (pictured after I pulled the CSU/DSU card from the back), and an old D-Link Gigabit dumb switch that I plan to replace with a Cisco 2950G that I just won on eBay and hopefully to be accompanied by another 2950G and perhaps a 3500 series switch in the coming weeks.The white cable and blue roll-over cable at the bottom of the picture disappear to my Windows rig for uplink and console access.  I also run GNS3 on my desktop in order to use a virtual Cisco lab environment.  Never mind the messy jumble to the left of the rack, it's actually my power cable for my CR-48 that I was to lazy to hide for the picture.

My coworker also gave me these two guys, a Catalyst 5000 and a Catalyst 4006, that I'm not quite sure what to do with just yet.

So, there's my update for now.  Hopefully, I will continue blogging about my Cisco adventures and start getting some feedback on what to do next.

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