Hello. I had a quick question about the CCNA practice labs included with the series. Are those labs sufficient for prepping you for the exam simulations? I am just curious because everyone tells me I need to buy my own cisco routers and switches to practice doing the things required for the exam. So would getting my own equipment be something I should do in addition to the ITProTV labs or are the labs sufficient enough? Thanks!
Our lab partner, practice-labs.com has built out real labs that cover every domain objective on real equipment that should be sufficient for covering all the objectives to prepare for the exam. Access to them are part of your premium ITProTV subscription.
Having to buy your own equipment is good but not necessary for the exam and allows for you to reconfigure them. So you'll have great flexibility to build out what you want. This can be good if you already have a topology in mind but it can also be time consuming if you don't know what topology will help you to cover the what you want.
The hard part with equipment is trifold: cost, area and pre-configuration.
You'll have to buy the equipment, cabling and electricity bill will go up. You'll need configure the equipment to make it work the way you need. Then, you'll need a place to store the equipment and it's noisy. Sometimes, you'll not have lab guides to at least show you how to cover the material effectively. So there will be ramp up time for you get started.
Great! Thanks for the info, Ronnie. I'm looking forward to starting the CCNA course.