Support Equipment Used in This Book

Figure C-1 shows a physical diagram of the equipment used throughout this book. I would have preferred to use more up-to-date higher-end boxes such as Catalyst 6509s and the like. Keep in mind that just wasn't practical for my home lab either.


Figure C-1 Equipment Used in This Book

A list of equipment I used follows. Alternatively, you can use other equipment, assuming you have enough interfaces to perform the chapter scenarios and Trouble Tickets. Look at the first figure at the beginning of each chapter to get a feel for the exact equipment used on a chapter-by-chapter basis. I thought it necessary to have coverage of both the Cisco IOS and CatOS on fixed and modular devices.

The routers and switches in Figure C-1 are as follows:

  • r1— 2514
  • r2— 2501
  • r3— 3640
  • r4— 3620
  • r5— 2516
  • r6— 2520
  • r7— 2513
  • s1— 2901 CatOS
  • s2— 3512XL IOS (2900XL will suffice)
  • s3— 1900 Standard Edition (It may be more practical to use another IOS-based switch in place of the 1900 since Cisco courses are dropping the 1900s from their curriculum.)

Other equipment I use throughout the book includes:

  • A 2511 terminal server and octal cables make life much easier for getting to the console of the devices. Refer to the section on "Configuring a Terminal Server (2511)," for details.
  • An 804 on the backbone as a ping target, but this is not required.
  • The hub on the backbone is not required. It is not a Cisco hub.
  • Category 5 straight-through and crossover cables for the Ethernets and ISDN.
  • Transceivers are needed on the r1 and r2 Ethernets where there are AUI DB15 connections.
  • The serial WAN connections are possible via V.35 DTE/DCE back-to-back DB60 cables. You can find them at
  • Power cords, power strips, and an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Be sure you have enough power to run the equipment.

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