Cisco CCNA Lab Options

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Cisco CCNA Lab Options

All the physical and virtual options for your Cisco CCNA Lab explained

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

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architecture icon IT & Software,IT Certification,Cisco CCNA


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Course Description

The Cisco Certified Network Associate certification is THE best qualification you can achieve to turbo charge your career in networking. Cisco are far and away the market leader in network infrastructure products, and passing the CCNA proves to employers that you have the necessary skills to design, build and maintain their enterprise networks.

Passing the exam requires you to understand the theory of a wide range of network technologies, and also have the practical skills to configure and troubleshoot them. This is where having a home lab comes in. It's absolutely essential that you have hands on practice on the network devices, not just for passing the exam but also so you develop real world skills you can use in the workplace.

The multitude of possible ways you can build a lab can be very confusing. There are physical labs, virtual labs, software simulators, and they all have their own benefits and drawbacks. Making the right choice is difficult when you don't know the implications of each option.

That's why I'm here to help. I use live demos to explain all the available options, break down the advantages and disadvantages of each, and tell you where you can find further information detailing how to put each one together.

Please note that I don't give step by step instructions about how to build each lab in this course. I do tell you where you can find this information, so there was no need to reinvent the wheel. Rather I explain what the different options are and help you make the decision on which one is best for you.


What will you learn in this course:

  • The different options to create a Cisco CCNA lab and the advantages and disadvantages of each


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • You should be studying for (or thinking about studying for) the Cisco CCNA certification
Cisco CCNA Lab Options


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Section 01: Cisco CCNA Lab Options
10 Lectures
  • play icon How to Build Your Physical or Virtual CCNA Lab Intro 02:50 02:50
  • play icon Course Material Download
  • play icon Cisco CCNA Lab Options Update 03:26 03:26
  • play icon Option 1 - Building a Cisco CCNA Physical Lab 11:15 11:15
  • play icon CCNA Lab Option 2 - Use an Online Lab Provider 09:22 09:22
  • play icon Option 2 - Using an Online Lab Provider 10:01 10:01
  • play icon Option 3 - Virtual Lab - GNS3 09:41 09:41
  • play icon Option 4 - Virtual Lab - Cisco VIRL 02:42 02:42
  • play icon Option 5 - Software Simulator - Cisco Packet Tracer 06:48 06:48
  • play icon Option 6 - Software Simulator - Boson NetSim 03:54 03:54

Instructor Details

Neil Anderson

Neil Anderson

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Hi, I'm Neil Anderson, and my mission is to build the best Cloud and Data Center systems engineers possible.

I built my career by learning about IT technologies through books and online resources and it’s my passion now to help you do the same.

You know how some instructors seem to get a kick out of making things complicated to make themselves look smarter than you? I love to make things as easy to understand as possible and seeing you get that lightbulb moment.

I'm proud of my 'Top Responder' tag online. I genuinely care about giving you the best experience possible, both in the quality of my training and in ongoing support. 

Nothing makes me feel better than hearing back from students who I've helped move on to the next level in their career. It gives me huge satisfaction to know I've played a part in you achieving your goals.

My experience:

Since 2007 my main focus has been delivery of technical training and development of course content for large enterprise and service provider customers such as NetApp, Cisco, Verizon and IBM. I train the engineers who design and implement the largest Cloud and Data Center deployments throughout the Asia Pacific region and the rest of the world.

I also provide consultancy to clients and mentoring for the systems engineers in the company I work for.

Prior to focusing on training I worked in the field for over 10 years in a variety of systems and network engineering and IT management roles.


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Good Explanation, Thanks

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