Hi dear friends,
I have some experience with cisco devices, but unfortunately only in virtual environment!
and now i want to prepare for CCNA & CCNP Enterprise and i know and have the followings softwares: GNS3 with IOSv + IOSvL2 + IOU, EVE-NG with IOSv + IOSvL2 + IOU, Packet Tracer, Netsim Boson and Network simulator light from cisco press.
but the problem is for example when i want to configure speed and duplex on an interface, the result from configuring a virtual device is not consistent from physical device. and that makes me feel that something is always wrong!
so i decided to build up a hybrid home lab! a combination of virtual and physical devices.
so far i have i have seen so many cisco switches with many different price tags. but i'm not sure why some of them are so cheap while other ones with almost identical model have a difference price.(i should also mention that i am looking for second hand switch)
and now i want to know what is your recommendation for choosing a switch that can be my companion from CCNA all the way to end of CCNP Enterprise.
and if you are answering please give me an exact model and preferably a link from ebay or amazon.