I am A+ and Network+ certified, and am currently working on my BS in Computer Science. Since my company is in a period of transition, I am looking to add the CCNA to my resume to give me some leverage. My current employer is willing to sell me a 2600 or 2501 router for cheap. Which one is better/cheaper for getting started? (I am on a budget after all)
This question is loaded, but I will keep it short. When the everday person hears router, we think of the modem-like box that has 4 or more ethernet ports. To be technical, I understand that a router transfers data based on IP address thereby eliminating broadcast and increasing performance. Having read up on Cisco Routers in general, I don't think you can hook two computers up to one and expect it to work properly, as in a traditional router. From the reading I have done, it looks as if you hook up two traditional routers to the Cisco Router. The basic question is, what is a Cisco Router for? I have checked out Cisco's website and read the manual on the 2500. I have also read various websites and read through tcpmag.com's test lab tutorial. I have a few Cisco books I bought in the bargain bin of the local book store. Each source seems to set the router up with different equipment so I am guessing you can configure it many different ways. I have two computers and a DSL connection. I am looking to use the Cisco Router to get both computers networked, and using the DSL connection to put this network online. I am more concerned with what a Cisco's Router role is. Does it only route between networks? Do I have to setup up each computer on it's own network with it's own router?
Yes I know the question is to stupid; thanks for noticing.