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Re: [Info] Suggestions for New Cisco Home/ Lab Setup A Catalyst 6500 series for most common lab need are not necessary. Though those switches' prices are much cheaper these days, you only need to have those kind of switches when you are IT consulting with customers that have such switches or the likes. In addition, you need to make sure that you can withstand the fan noise
Cheap Cisco Voice lab is good enough to get yourself familiar with CCNP Voice exam and/or with Cisco Voice solution in general. Separating lab network from home network is always a good idea.
Getting Cisco N wireless router hoping to get faster connectivity may or may not be a good bet. Keep in mind that wireless medium is a shared one, which may be slower than wired network. In addition, the most likely bottleneck source in regards of Internet connectivity for home or small business environment is your ISP bandwidth size.
Specifically for Cisco N wireless router such as 881-W, make sure you have the proper license to serve your objective. New Cisco platform including 881-W requires license for certain thing such as IPSec VPN and EIGRP.