Frame Relay Lab

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Hi All,

I am trying to practice setting up frame relay to study for my ICND
exam. The labs I am reading through are using an 'Adtran Atlas550 Frame
Relay emulator' to simulate the frame relay cloud.

I currently have 3 routers, 2 x 2501s and a 2503 - all have an 1 x
ethernet and 2 x serial interfaces. Can I create a frame relay cloud
with what I have? Or do I need to buy another router with more serial ports?

If I need to buy another router - will a 2522 do? The one I was looking
at has 2 x serial and 8 x low speed serial interfaces. Will I be able to
plug the serial from the 2503/2501s into the low speed serial interfaces
on the 2522?

Should I not bother and just use a software simulator like dynamips?

Re: Frame Relay Lab
On Wed, 21 Feb 2007 12:00:30 +1100, Brad wrote:

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Dynamips is not a software simulator it is a hardware emulator, kinda of
like vmware which emulates hardware for a OS to install on.

Dynamips has support for an integrated frame relay switch and you can
configurefull and partial mess clouds. It is great for studying frame
relay, it is fairly simple to configure dynamips to do this.

Re: Frame Relay Lab
Freeride wrote:

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Another option is to use a router instance (7200, 3600, ...) as a
frame-relay switch.

Re: Frame Relay Lab
Christophe Fillot wrote:
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Are you suggesting to use dynamips to run a 7200, and then somehow
connect my real routers to this instance?

How would I do that?

Re: Frame Relay Lab
On Thu, 22 Feb 2007 10:51:47 +1100, Brad wrote:

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Just use dynamips/dynagen for the routers and the frame switch, it is very
easy to install on Windows and can do a full frame relay lab. If you have
a decent cpu with a gig of memory you should be able to get four 7200 or
3600 routers up in dynamips and configure a frame lab.


http://dyna-gen.sourceforge.net/tutorial.htm

Re: Frame Relay Lab
Freeride wrote:
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Thanks,

I now have a few frame relay labs setup :-)


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- The 2522 is ideal for FR switch simulation. You can connect its low speed
ports to the other routers.

- You can use your 3 routers to practise FR. Set up one as a switch and
connect
the other 2 to it.

- Dynamips is also good for practising FR





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Re: Frame Relay Lab

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I have a 2514 with 2 x serial ints which I configure as the frame switch.
Then I have a 1600 and a 1700, both of which connect to one of the serial
ints on the 2514.
What more do you need?



Re: Frame Relay Lab
Den wrote:
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Are you able to setup multi-point connections with this? I would have
thought you would only be able to do point to point with this.


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