I like networking -- always have. However, today, my networking knowledge is only okay -- but I want it to be great! My goal is to achieve CCNP certification in 6 months. To help with this effort, I have added a Cisco lab to my home network. It is old equipment (2x 2610, 1x 2611, 3x 2950) running IOS 11 and 12, but that's okay, and it will soon be upgraded: as I cut over to Ubiquiti equipment for my home network, the 2960s I am using today will move to the lab, and I will add a layer 3 switch as well. The lab routers will also be upgraded to something running IOS 15, but I'm not sure what yet.
I like network diagrams, so for fun, here is a diagram of my current home network:
And here is my Cisco lab:
As you can probably imagine, I have been fun expanding my use of VLANs and BGP in my home network.
I have further plans as well:
Planned network upgrades:
At that point, all of the switches and APs will be PoE, meaning I will have only a single place for battery backup of the entire network, and fewer wall warts.
I am a system engineer in the Raleigh, NC area. My main interests are Unix, VMware, and networking. More about me, and how I got started.