Cisco Certs. 2950 SI or EI

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I am going to buy a couple of 2950's for a test lab.  Will I need a SI or EI
switch?
Obviously price is a concern, so if I can get away with the SI I will.  CCNP
is the goal.
What features does one have the other doesn't reference the CCNA/NP?

Thanks
Someguy




Re: Cisco Certs. 2950 SI or EI


What else do you have?

Yes, you can get away with a 2950-SI. A 2950-EI is better. To do
absolutely everything mentioned in BCMSN, you need a pair of 3550-EMIs,
which is $5k+ out of your pocket.

I used a stock 2950-24 SI for my BCMSN, and it did most of what I
needed. I also had a Cisco 2611XM with two FE ports which I put into
bridging mode which allowed me to do most of the spanning tree stuff,
including moving the root-bridge around, and most of the trunking
stuff.

If you have the cash, buy the best you can afford, but you will get to
a point of diminishing returns. Personally, I'd pick up a pair of
2950s, including 0,1 or 2 EIs depending on your budget, and if you need
hands-on for the L3 stuff, look at an online rental lab.

To find out what does what, register a cisco.com account and go to
www.cisco.com/go/fn

Matt

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Thanhs for the reply.  Good info.

Someguy

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