ips…

without a cco account and a contract you can’t download the sig files from cisco… no surprise that… but you can still load up ips with a basic sig file config using ccp… who knew ccp would ever come in handy… although for the ips section of ccnp security you probably won’t get away with just that…

so for every step toward advanced certs, cisco consistently makes it more and more expensive for you to build a home lab… the final iteration of my ccie lab has me close to 4 grand… that’s spread out over a year and a half… to go for ccie voice or sp the expense will start getting ridiculous… notwithstanding the latest drain coming, ios 15.x, which is already part of the new ccna, and which unless you have a contract, you can’t get…  the point is when you buy your ebay retreads, make sure they come with 15.x… you’ll need that for just cme 8.x or better… the below lists are rust buckets only; doesn’t include software

sp (currently)

  • Cisco XR12000 Series Routers (IOS XR 3.9.1)
  • Cisco 7200/7600 Series equivalent Routers (Using Simulator) (IOS 12.2-33 SR)
  • Cisco ME3400E Series Switches (IOS 12.2-54 SE)

note: ebay doesn’t have a lot of me3400e’s for sale… the 24 port’s that 1 saw are 1,000 to 1500 each

this is blindhog’s recommendation for ccie voice lab:

PSTN-WAN router
2811 ISR
VWIC2-2MFT-T1/E1
VWIC2-1MFT-T1/E1
HWIC-4T
PVDM2-16
PVDM2-64
3 Adtran External CSU/DSU
1 7960 IP Phone (PSTN phone)

HQ Router
2811 ISR
2 DSU/CSU T1 Fractional (V2)
VWIC2-1MFT-T1/E1
PVDM2-64
2 7961 IP Phones
1 7960 IP Phone

HQ Switch
Catalyst 3660-24

BR1 Router
2811 ISR (POE Power Supply)
DSU/CSU T1 Fractional (V2)
VWIC2-1MFT-T1/E1
NM-16ESW with Power daughter card for 16 port EtherSwitch NM
PVDM2-16
PVDM2-32
1 7961 Phone
1 7960 IP Phone
1 7941 IP Phone

Br2 Router
2811 ISR (POE Power Supply)
DSU/CSU T1 Fractional (V2)
HWIC-4ESW with 4-Port HWIC-ESW Power Daughter Card
VWIC2-1MFT-T1/E1
PVDM2-16
PVDM2-32
AIM-CUE
2 7961 IP Phones

this is brandon carrol’s recommendation for ccie security:

  • Cisco 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)
  • Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR)
  • Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR G2)
  • Cisco Catalyst 3560-24TS Series Switches
  • Cisco Catalyst 3750-X Series Switches
  • Cisco ASA 5500 and 5500-X Series Adaptive Security Appliances
  • Cisco IPS Series 4200 Intrusion Prevention System sensors
  • Cisco S-series Web Security Appliance
  • Cisco ISE 3300 Series Identity Services Engine
  • Cisco WLC 2500 Series Wireless LAN Controller
  • Cisco Aironet 1200 Series Wireless Access Point
  • Cisco IP Phone 7900 Series*
  • Cisco Secure Access Control System

wow…