I recently acquired a couple of Cisco’s Catalyst 2960Xs for free. The model below:
Because reasons, I cannot sell or otherwise give them to another third party.
Now my question is, beyond using them to study for my CCNA, what should I do with them?
I have a Mikrotik CRS226 with 2 10gig SFP+ ports that I use to connect my PC and my server together for 10G, but I can do that without using a switch.
Should I just say fuck the Mikrotik, setup a separate storage network for my PC/server and use one of these badboys as my main switch? Unfortunately even though they are POE, my Ubiquiti AC Lites only do 24v passive POE so I will still have to use the injectors.
I then can use the other switch just for lab reasons? Any thoughts would be great
Or should both just be lab switches for lulz
So about all you can use them for is layer 2 switch things.
This will be of some help for your CCNA (switching component) - you’ll be able to play with spanning-tree (ideally using both of them in the lab), etherchannels, add them to a CISCO voip lab (just need a router that does CME and some handsets).
But if you don’t have some tasks for them to do… i’m not sure what answer you’re chasing?