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E07 – Building a Lab

Welcome to Episode 7 of the NSA Show Podcast. On this episode Blake Krone and Samuel Clements discuss some of the hardware and software that is recommended for a home Wireless lab. Listen as we discuss number of APs, WLCs, VMware, routers/switches, and software that one should have in their home labs.

Here are the details of what is in my Skeletek rack:

IP Telephony

  • Cisco 7985, 7961 (2), 7921G
  • Cisco 2801 CME Router

Route / Switch

  • Cisco 2600 (4)
  • Cisco 3550 24 10/100 Inline Power
  • Cisco 3550 24 10/100, 3550 48 10/100 (2)
  • Cisco 2500 terminal server
  • Linksys SRW2024 24 10/100/1000
  • PowerDsine 24 10/100/1000 midspan PoE

Wireless

  • Cisco WLC 4402-12
  • Cisco WLC 2106
  • Cisco 3600, 1142 (3), 3502 (2), 1252, 1242 (3), 1131
  • Cisco 2710, MSE (VMware)
  • Cisco WCS (VMware), NCS (VMware)
  • AeroHive HiveAP 330, BR100
  • Aruba Instant 135
  • Meraki MR16
  • Ruckus ZoneDirector 1100
  • Ruckus ZoneFlex 7962
  • AeroScout MobileView and T2, T3, T5a tags
  • Ekahau Vision and A4, T301BD, T301W, HS1, TS2, TSc tags

Servers

  • Whitelabel ESXi
    • Intel DH67GD
    • Intel Core i5-2500K LGA1155 3.3GHz
    • SKill 8GB DDR3 1333 (2)
    • Western Digital Green 1TB SATA
    • IN WIN 1U Rackmount Compact Server Chassis
  • Apple G4 Xserve (2)
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Blake Krone

Blake Krone

Cisco CCIE #31229 (Wireless) and CWNE #152, all around tech junkie, code poet. Connecting people with cans and strings.

4 Comments

  1. Steve B
    March 7, 2012 at 9:23 am — Reply

    I’m no wireless engineer but always love good lab pron! 😉

  2. Aaron C
    March 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm — Reply

    Blake,

    Heard you mentioning your consideration of an ASA5505 for your lab… be sure you get more than a 10 user license if you need more than 10 devices behind the ASA to have internet access.
    I apologize if you already know that but many don’t.

    Regards,
    Aaron

  3. AM
    August 4, 2012 at 5:20 am — Reply

    Great work,

    I would like to ask you how I can buy Virtual MSE and the appropriate license for CCIE wireless lab.

    Many thanks in advance

    • August 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm — Reply

      Depends, if you work for a partner you can get it via your NFR dollars or the partner bundle, otherwise you’ll have to contact a Cisco Reseller to purchase it.

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