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usa2k
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My first real Cisco

Switch>sh ver
Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software
IOS (tm) C2950 Software (C2950-I6K2L2Q4-M), Version 12.1(22)EA10a, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc2)
Copyright (c) 1986-2007 by cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Tue 24-Jul-07 17:37 by antonino
Image text-base: 0x80010000, data-base: 0x8067E000
 
ROM: Bootstrap program is C2950 boot loader
 
Switch uptime is 44 minutes
System returned to ROM by power-on
System image file is "flash:/c2950-i6k2l2q4-mz.121-22.EA10a.bin"
 

The 2950-24 fans are louder than my PCs, but not so loud to be annoying.

Can it sit flat on the top of my bookshelf? Perhaps I should make some space under it?
It seems cool, but has nothing attached yet.

My newest PC, a Dell Vostro 230 desktop has a serial port, and that worked great with the Roll-over Cable that was supplied. I am using TeraTerm as the console app. TeraTerm is also connected to a Linux serial console (USB-TTL) and they both seem to function well at the same time. Cisco on COM1(9600Bbaud), and my Dockstar on COM3(115200baud).

I feel it was a good deal for $80 with free shipping.

I am sure I will learn things a network simulator will not teach.

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Consider running GNS3 on the computer to simulate routers whos interfaces can be bound to windows virtual adapters, and then trunk their interfaces out LAB NICs with 802.1q tags to real physical switches.

You will need a compatible NIC from intel or broadcom, with the right vendor software to configure multiple virtual 802.1q subinterfaces in windows.

This approach works great for simulated routers connected to physical switches. My lab server has multiple NICs that I use to do this kind of stuff.

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Congrats on the purchase usa2k, and enjoy!

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said by nosx:

Consider running GNS3 on the computer to simulate routers ...
I need to take a better look at GSN3!


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As mentioned earlier, you must provide your own Cisco IOS to use with GNS3 due to licensing issues. GNS3 is meant to be used in a lab environment for testing and learning. Once you have obtained your own copy of a Cisco IOS for one of the supported platforms, you are ready to continue. Current platforms supported include:

1710 1720 1721 1750 1751 1760 2610 2610XM 2611 2611XM 2620 2620XM 2621 2621XM 2650XM 2651XM
My 2950 seems absent from the list ...
I really need to read the whole tutorial - looks like today is the day.

* Looks also like the Cisco IOS must be a router image
Are such images available without an actual router?
Am I correct that with an actual router I just save the image via TFTP?

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As mentioned earlier, you must provide your own Cisco IOS to use with GNS3 due to licensing issues. GNS3 is meant to be used in a lab environment for testing and learning. Once you have obtained your own copy of a Cisco IOS for one of the supported platforms, you are ready to continue. Current platforms supported include:

1710 1720 1721 1750 1751 1760 2610 2610XM 2611 2611XM 2620 2620XM 2621 2621XM 2650XM 2651XM
My 2950 seems absent from the list ...
The 17xx and 26xxs are all ROUTER platforms, while the 2950 is a
SWITCH platform. Trust me, spend a few years at this and making
the distinction with the model numbers will become second nature

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Are such images available without an actual router?
...If you have SMARTnet tied to a CCO ID, yes.

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Thanks. So GNS3 is unusable without buying a router.

For use on a home cable system, its confusing to sort out what would inexpensively give me good hands-on exposure?

When you guys discuss »[Info] IOS 15.1.(2)T released and »WIC-1ADSL Firmware it sounds like firmware is available for download. Is that because you have service contracts?

Looking over »Cisco Forum FAQ

OK, SO YOU GUYS HAVE A CONTRACT »Cisco Forum FAQ »What is Smartnet? Do I need one?

said by HELLFIRE:

...If you have SMARTnet tied to a CCO ID, yes.
Interesting Google hits



Is "Cisco Unified Communications Software Subscription" a rabbit trail I am following. CDW sells these contracts for as little as $10 for a year.
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GNS3 is perfectly usable if you dont buy a router. The fact is that most students either copy the IOS they want to emulate from their class routers, or if you are a professional with CCO access, you log into cisco.com and download whatever IOS you want.



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I see. My class is using a simulation called CCNA Virtual Lab Platinum. I'll ask my instructor if he has any router images this Saturday. I've seen actual Cisco hardware, but not in action.


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GNS3 isn't a simulator; it's actually an "emulator" because it uses real CISCO IOS images (as Nosx stated). You can actually bridge into a live network and have your network devices interact with a private network with it.

If you "really" want to flex with GNS3 with some of the video tutorials put together, check out the website:

»www.gns3.net/documentation

These guys use "Camtasia" and show you how to get GNS3 up and running to include showing you how create labs (i.e., voice, frame-relay, etc..)

Nosx helped me out with a few things prior to my taking my BSCI (I should have asked him for help earlier ) He configured and "entire" OSFP example (6 routers ) using GNS3 in under 10 minutes and it was fully functional. I've been using GNS3 on and off for the last few years but I'm going to be all over it so I can pass "Route" and "Tshoot" so I can get my CCNP by December.

Don't let anyone tell you any trash about GNS3; if you can't afford the "router" hardware, this will do the trick. Also, if you don't have any switches availabe, Packet Tracer is the choice. Packet Tracer is now able to allow the person using it to connect his router to another user's instance of packet tracer. Yes, that's what I said. I haven't tried the feature yet but it's next on the list to CCNP certification.

Jay



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Re: My first real Cisco

Thanks! I am making progress and have a workable image to test.
I need to read the tutorial completely still and see if I can have some fun

I'll check out the videos too. Everything helps!
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Re: My first real Cisco

Heh. Even if you do have a warehouse of cisco gear, simulations are a lot faster to setup and test -- and you don't even have to get out of your chair. Just remember, you're emulating a number of low-end cisco devices on a single computer. It will not be speedy, to put it mildly.



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Emulating on a Quad Core



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Re: My first real Cisco

Except being more expensive .... it is difficult for me to discern more contemporary Cisco hardware from the legacy hardware. I wish there was some site that lists the hardware chronologically.

EDIT: I found an example of a SmartNET contract $193
»www.pcsuperstore.com/products/10···PK9.html



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Re: My first real Cisco

Speak for yourself I have good response with
6GB memory. Top 2 choices in gns3 are 3600 and 7200.



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Re: My first real Cisco

Along with my CablesAndKits.com Cisco 2950($80),
I ordered a clearance 1711 router($80).

As my school reading load lightens for a bit I will get more time with these and simulations, although I will also be focused on preparation to write my CompTIA Security+ exam.

EDIT: For those that missed it, have a listen
»a cute musical ode to the death of IPv4

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Ha. I powered up the 1711 and thought it came on then died. I would see lights, but they'd go away. The console says differently though. It just has a long boot-up, and the lights eventually came back. :)

It was only $80 because of scratches? I don't really see any.

Router#sh ver
Cisco IOS Software, C1700 Software (C1700-K9O3SY7-M), Version 12.3(7)XR3, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc2)
Synched to technology version 12.3(7.11)T1
Technical Support: http://www.cisco.com/techsupport
Copyright (c) 1986-2004 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Sat 25-Sep-04 16:02 by ealyon
 
ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 12.2(7r)XM4, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
ROM: Cisco IOS Software, C1700 Software (C1700-K9O3SY7-M), Version 12.3(7)XR3, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc2)
 
Router uptime is 3 minutes
System returned to ROM by power-on
System image file is "flash:c1700-k9o3sy7-mz.123-7.XR3.bin"
 

Maybe its the age of the IOS? CablesAndKits.com has a new one for sale for $140.

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Re: My first real Cisco

Old 40Mhz processor and IOS as half my age slow? Naaaaaah!

Regards