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CCNA/CCNP Certification Kit

This kit is designed for those students intending to work towards their CCNP certification, regardless of whether they are an advanced student studying towards one of the CCNP exams or a beginner starting with his or her CCNA. The CCNA/CCNP Certification Kit builds on the other CCNA and CCNP kits offered by ChipSet Technologies, and adds significant functionality with the second Catalyst switch.

The CCNP certification (Cisco Certified Network Professional) indicates advanced or journeyman knowledge of networks. With a CCNP, a network professional can install, configure, and operate LAN, WAN, and dial access services for organizations with networks from 100 to more than 500 nodes, including but not limited to these protocols: IP, IGRP, IPX, Async Routing, AppleTalk, Extended Access Lists, IP RIP, Route Redistribution, RIP, Route Summarization, OSPF, VLSM, BGP, Serial, Frame Relay, ISDN, ISL, X.25, DDR, PSTN, PPP, VLANs, Ethernet, Access Lists, 802.10, FDDI, Transparent and Translational Bridging.

This kit features the Cisco 2520 router, with one Ethernet port, one ISDN/BRI port, two high-speed synchronous serial ports, and two low-speed asynchronous/synchronous serial ports. Also included is a Cisco 2503 router, with one AUI Ethernet port and one ISDN/BRI port, plus two serial ports. This kit is rounded out with the workhorse Cisco 2501 router, with one AUI Ethernet port and two serial ports. All of these routers have console and auxiliary ports.

This kit also features two Cisco WS-C1912 Catalyst switches upgraded with Enterprise software. This switch features both a menu-based user interface and a command line interface based on the Cisco IOS. Cisco will integrate this interface into all of it's switches over time. These switches support multiple VLANs and much more.

As a special added bonus, purchasers of this Lab Kit receive a prepaid, 6-month subscription to the Certification Zone website. The Study Guides and Practice Exams found at Certification Zone have helped thousands of networking professionals pass Cisco's CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE certification exams and advance their networking careers. Included in Certification Zone's Study Guides are professionally developed lab scenario exercises you can complete using this Home Lab Kit.

The complete accessories kit includes cables, adapters, NIC, hub, and all of the other peripheral items you might need to set up a wide array of networking scenarios. Also included is a customized CD-ROM with a large collection of Cisco IOS images plus a tftp server, ftp server, assorted helpful and interesting applications and utilities, extensive device documentation, and much more.


  • 1 Cisco 2520 Router, 16D/16F, Latest IOS Version 12.x Enterprise Edition
  • 1 Cisco 2503 Router, 16D/16F, Latest IOS Version 12.x Enterprise Edition
  • 1 Cisco 2501 Router, 16D/16F, Latest IOS Version 12.x Enterprise Edition
  • 2 Cisco WS-C1912 Catalyst Switches with Enterprise Software
  • 6 Month Subscription to the Certification Zone
  • 2 Ethernet Transceivers (required for adapting AUI ports on 2501's to standard RJ45 connectors)
  • 1 Ethernet 4-Port Hub
  • 1 Ethernet NIC for your PC
  • 2 Cisco Console Cable Kits (required for console access to routers and switch via PC)
  • 3 Cisco Serial Crossover Cable (for interconnection of the routers via the serial ports)
  • 4 CAT-5e Straight-Thru cables w/ RJ45 terminations
  • 3 CAT-5e Cross-Over cables w/ RJ45 terminations
  • Cisco 2500 Series Router Installation and Configuration Guide
  • Cisco 2500 Multiport Installation and Configuration Guide
  • Cisco Catalyst 1900 Series Switch Installation and Configuration Guide
  • Cisco Catalyst 1900 Series Enterprise Edition Switch SW Configuration Guide
  • Cisco Catalyst 1900 Quick Start Guide
  • Cisco Catalyst 1900 Series Switch Command Reference
  • "Getting Started" Guide for Newbies
  • VLAN Lab Scenario Guide for Two 1900 Series Switches
  • Customized CD-ROM with TFTP Server, Packet Sniffer, Collection of Cisco IOS images, additional study guides and Cisco documentation, plus much more!

With the equipment in this kit, plus the in-depth coverage of all relevant topics in the included text books and accompanying CD's, you will be able to learn and configure all the essential network protocols, such as OSPF, BGP, BGP4, EIGRP, IGRP, RIP and RIP v2, IS-IS, OSI, ODR, PBR, Firewall, IPSEC 56, Cisco Encryption Technology (CET) 56 Bit, AAA, PAP, Committed Access Rate (CAR), NAT, CIDR, ISDN, BRI, Frame Relay, PPP, PVC, SLIP, IP, Novell IPX/SPX, CDP, HDLC, NTP, NHRP, NetFlow, Appletalk, Protocol Translation, Bridging, VLANs, Access Lists, Spanning Tree, and SNMP, plus many more.

Many scenarios are possible with this kit. The addition of the versatile Cisco 2520 router to this training system will allow you to go beyond the more limited capabilities of a 3 x Cisco 2501 kit. The ISDN/BRI ports on the 2520 and 2503 routers will allow you to configure and test ISDN/ BRI, a widely-used WAN technology.*

The 2520 multiport serial router functions not only as a multiprotocol router but also as a communication server for telecommuting services. Multiport serial routers offer high-speed synchronous serial lines for T1 connections, and low-speed asynchronous/synchronous serial lines to attach terminal equipment such as a channel service unit/data service unit (CSU/DSU). The 2520, with it's four serial ports, can also be configured as a Frame Relay switch.

Set up all three routers in a star configuration and create a meshed frame-relay environment. Configure the WS-C1912 Catalyst switches into 2 or more VLANs, and you have a mockup of a three-site, multi-protocol WAN. Use the two Catalyst switches to configure and test trunking via the 100baseT ports. Set up Network Management using SNMP. Practice backing up and restoring IOS images. Simulate network failures and test various failover scenarios. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and the skills you develop. All of the tools are included!

This lab is perfect for any experience level. This kit will walk a beginner through the CCNA exam, or an experienced network engineer through all four of the CCNP exams and beyond.

* ISDN/BRI testing will require an ISDN Network Simulator or subscriptions to additional services from your local service provider.

Availability: Usually ships in 5-7 business days. Customers located in continental US will have a $29.95 shipping charge added to your order. Shipping charges for Customers located outside the continental US will vary depending upon your location and will be billed to your credit card separately. All orders outside US are shipped via FedEx International Economy. If you want exact shipping charge estimate before placing an order for this kit, please e-mail: customer_service@Certification Zone.

Home Lab CCNA/CCNP Certification Kit (includes $29.95 US shipping)



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