I've been out of action for a few years and I'm trying to get up to date on certifications. I'm an MCSE on the 4.0 track but I'm starting back with the CCNA exam. I have all of the router cables I bought a few years ago for the ungodly price of $400 -- enough to wire three routers together via WICs. I now see that these cables auction for next to nothing on eBay. Still, I'm glad I have them. I just need the routers and the WICs.
I've noticed on eBay a big change from a few years ago. Folks are selling the routers without the power supplies. Did Cisco stop bundling them together with the routers?
As an IT manager a while back, I bought routers off of eBay, all 1601 Ethernets, and they came with WIC's, power supply, and the OS. Subsequently I discovered that Cisco requires you to wipe the OS from the router before you can resell them. I don't know if this requirement is being followed by auctioneers on eBay. Does anyone know? Yes, I don't care what Cisco says, I want the OS.
I see the Lammle text is up to its fifth edition now, and hasn't been updated in over a year. This was the preferred text. Is that still the case? Are the 1601R's still the way to go for CCNA study? And do I recall correctly that the R is for Ethernet?
Does anyone have a complete list of what is needed to get going and the best place to get the stuff. As I said, I already have those cables.