CCENT / CCNA Home Lab Recommendations?


#1

Hello, can someone recommend which routers and switches I need to build a home lab? My goal is to start with CCENT and CCNA in 2019 and CCNP the following year.

Thanks,
PN


#2

My recommendation is one router and one switch for your CCNA home lab.

Router - Get something that supports IOS 15 such as the 1800 and 2800 series routers.
Switch - One L3 Switch: 3550 with enhanced image.

This is the bare minimum and will give you that “hands on experience” from real hardware.
Once you feel comfortable withe the real hardware continue your studies with a simulator / emulator.

Software:
GNS3 - Open Source
Cisco VIRL - Paid
Packet Tracer - Free
EVE-NG - Free & Paid