Setting Up Of A Cisco Home Lab

Hello readers this question goes through mind of everyone who is appearing or wants to appear for any of the  cisco

certification …. Now question comes that can everything be practiced on Simulators … hmmm

quite a big question but the answer is not . Simulators are very good way to start your path towards cisco but in the end to

gain real knowledge you need to have hands on some hardware . It is not possible for everyone to get a router though they are cheap on ebay but still costs some money which everyone can’t afford .

The initial ccna exam can be cleared almost without purchasing any real hardware but if you want to make your career into cisco you need to have hands on some hardware .


As this being the first post of the blog i am not writing much but in future you will see you how to  use or mix match between real hardware and simulators to achieve certification levels . Apart from that i will be sharing other useful stuffs, tutorials,home lab setups,practice excercises using gns3 and dynamips, etc etc so keep looking

Akash Deep Singh

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4 Comments

  1. it admin   •  

    depending on the certification leve then yes it can as the latest packet tracer will allow you to do most labs needed for your ccna!

  2. O. Odili   •  

    Hi:

    I commend you on the youtube video of connecting router to laptop/desktop with console cable and USB port with a RS232 adapter. Now I have 2 cisco 2610 routers and one switch 2900 series XL. I have connected the routers to my pc but I’m confused where to connect the switch. I’m trying to set up home lab for my CCNA hands on practice. Or is there any where on your website I can find this step-by step installation?

    • Akash Deep Singh   •     Author

      The best configuration would be to connect your PC and a single router (assuming it has an ethernet port) to the switch. Then from this single router which is connected to the switch you can connect another another router to it over the SERIAL LINK.

  3. O. Odili   •  

    I commend you of your illustration of connecting console cable with USB port with a RS232 adapter to laptop/desktop. Now I have 2 cisco 2610 routers and one cisco switch 2900 series XL. I have connected the routers to the pc but I’m confused how to connect the switch with the router and the pc. I’m trying to step up home lab for my CCNA hands on practice exam. I would greatly appreciate your help.

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