Cisco CCNA / CCNP Home Lab Tutorial: The (Many) Cable Types And Their Purposes
When youre putting together your CCNA / CCNP home lab, deciding on the cables youll need and how many youll need can get confusing quickly. Learn how to make these decisions without spending extra money in this tutorial from Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933.
One of the most common questions I get from CCNA and CCNP candidates who are setting up their own home labs is "What cables will I need?" The answer is "It depends." As you know from your exam studies, the physical layout of your lab is what determines the cables you'll need. Let's take a look at the most common home lab cable types and when you will need them.
Straight-through cables have quite a few uses in a CCNA / CCNP home lab. You'll need them to connect a switch port to an AUI port on a router (and you'll need a transceiver for that as well). If you have an ISDN simulator, straight-through cables can be used to connect a router's BRI port to the simulator.
Crossover cables are used to connect switches and allow them to trunk. If at all possible, get two switches in your home lab. This will allow you to gain valuable experience in manipulating root bridge election, working with STP, and creating EtherChannels.
DTE/DCE cables are used to connect two routers via their se
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