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- Jun 2004
- North Hollywood, CA
Having done corporate networks for over 10 years, I would suggest rather than spending a lot of money for equipment you don't really need, you should look into something like GNS3 or WANem. Why buy equipment when you can emulate it all. Using applications like these and Virtual Box you can make a multi-segmented, multi-subnet, multi-device network. All of the security of a actual network can also be emulated with the virtual equipment. And with this, you can follow all of these fine suggestions without the expense, room, electricity costs and real time headaches. I would only spend cash on equipment you absolutely can't do without. Even Cisco has emulators for their switches and routers for study purposes.
I scoured the net for days looking for something like that and couldn't find it. All the network emulators I kept finding were like big test labs you could rent time on.
Thank you very much.
And thanks everybody else for all of the suggestions.
With what I know about hardware and virtual machines, now that somebody has shown me an emulator, I think I'll be able to cook up something with some cheap hardware where I can implement your suggestions and play with tons of configurations.