Persuing a CCNA (and later CCNE) cert, I need some Cisco gear, at least to be able to work in IOS. I currently have an 827, connected through ATM to my ISP.
I'll be switching ISP (probably for ADSL2), and need a non-ATM thingy. Because of my cert quest, I'm thinking about obtaining a Cisco device reasonable geared towards those used in the industry.
. Being able to work on firewalling is a must. . Being able to work on cisco VPN setups (to be linked to OpenSwan) is desireable, but price may prevent me from having it this way. . Build-in routing to more interfaces may likewise be too expensive.
A device meeting those reqs is of cause most desireable, though in real life I may have to settle for less. A rack device is no problem.
It may seem a Bit funny considering power consumption, but for home use, I also have to consider this, combined with my 24/7 server soak. I'm not running online services worth mentioning WRT traffic, so maybe a feature-wise suitable device won't exibit too high a power load.
Any recommendations? Used devices are fine with me.