Setting up lab hardware

So you have already read my equipment research guide and got some gear. What next?

Its time to install your network equipment.

Once you complete this simple exercise, you will understand the phrase “rack and stack”.

First install the rail guides on the routers and switches then decide how you would like to stack them.


Make sure the screws are flush!

Install the serial DTE/DCE cable on the router WAN modules. Remember which router has the DCE end installed!


Plug in carefully!

Install all the power cables.


Connect up your console cable to one of the devices that you would like to watch boot up. Connect the other end to your PC.


Start your terminal console (Putty, Super Putty, Secure CRT, TeraTerm)

Console setup

Choose the “Serial” option.

Now hit the power button and you can watch the boot up of your equipment. This is where you are going to check to see if there are any boot up issues. if not you will see a ” Hit RETURN to get started!” meaning your ready to log into your router or switch!

Router Load

IOS is loading up!

Router Load 2

Your read to start working in the command line interface (CLI)!

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