Re: [Info] Suggestions for New Cisco Home/ Lab Setup
your home network should not be your lab...
an HP Procurve would not help you with knowing Cisco Catalyst 2950/60 or 3550/60 switches. An 1811 is a good router to know most routing commands for CCNA/CCNP but you would need multiple devices to test your routing/switching.
I'm pretty well familiar with the switch commands on the IOS platform aside from burning a hole on my credit card to get a nexus platform.. muahahaha.
I have become accustom to the HP procurve series and its flex architecture model. They are damn good devices that run 60 cents on the dollar to cisco comparable. Focus lab wise would primarily be voice, yes I could setup a Site to Site VPN with my brother on same ISP 20 miles away just to give him access to my Music NAS.
Any thoughts on equipment, I could always build a separate network and through it on a cheap DSL circuit. For the Voice side.
I might be able to land some older 6500 series Catalyst collecting dust on the pallets at work. We are giving cisco the middle finger as we overall the network architecture. (Moving to a NOC position at a Cisco Shop last week of Oct anyways.)