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Re: Cisco Certifications
From: Michael Holstein <michael.holstein () csuohio edu>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 16:40:21 -0500

Are there any specific items of hardware I should look out for? I checked ebay for "CCNA" in the hardware section and found one or two, but they seem a tad over priced.

Stay away from anyone on eBay that puts the Cisco cert initials in the auction title .. they are always overpriced.

Starting out, get yourself a bunch of 2500 series gear with extra flash and ram so you can load bigger images. Get ones that have various interfaces so you can play with how to do those, and get serial null cables to simulate frame interfaces.

You can setup a pretty complex "network" with a half dozen 25xx and not spend more than a few hundred bucks.

search eBay for the specific model numbers -- not CCNA, etc. -- and *always* bid at the last second (like sync your clock, and click "confirm" on your bid with 7 seconds remaining). That little trick is called "sniping", and it pisses some people off, but it works and it's not a violation of ebay's TOS.

~Mike.
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