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Switching Lab

Today I started on my switching lab.  The lab was written for two 2950 switches, however I have a 2971XL switch with an IOS that is a little older than on the lab.  I was able to do just about everything in the lab, however some changes were needed in the commands to get things to work correctly.  I actually liked it this way as I had to work harder at making it happen and seeing how it all came together.  I’ll more than likely get a...

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Frame Relay Switch on a Cisco 2520 Router

My Cisco 2520 Router arrived on Friday from CiscoKits.  I’ve been fairly sick the past few days, so I didn’t get to do my labs like I wanted to this weekend, however I did manage to have enough energy one day to setup the 2520 as a Frame Relay switch.  It didn’t take very long, and now everything is setup and in place so I can do my Frame Relay labs.    My lab continues to grow, I’m now up to 5 routers, two PIX...

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T1 lab connection

Today my cat5e cable and ends arrived from DeepSurplus. So I cut myself a short bit of cable, grabbed the four wires I would need for my T1 crossover cable and made the wire. It took me a little longer than normal, only because it’s been a while since I made a cable, and even then I never made many of them as there isn’t much need for me to. However it worked just as needed. I turned on the lab and plugged in the cable and saw...

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Static Routes and Connectivity Lab

I wanted to actually work with my routers tonight so I decided to take a break from watching the CCNA videos on OSPF until tomorrow.  Tonight I got to put my knowledge into action. The diagram that you see is the network I had to setup.  All interfaces needed to be able to ping each other. Router 1 was setup as the DCE with two DCE/DTE cables connected to the two serial interfaces.  This cable then connected to the Serial 0 interface of...

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My CCNA Lab

Now that I have everything in place and I’m done working on my live network for the time being I am able to focus on setting up my CCNA Lab. I think it’s turning out pretty nice, makes the room a bit warm (and loud), but that can be dealt with as I won’t have the lab equipment on all the time.   In fact to make it easier to shut down my entire lab at once I plugged all the routers and switches that deal with just the...

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