I went ahead and splurged on a home lab for my Cisco studies. I’m getting three routers, three switches, and an access server. I got them off eBay. I was able to do a ‘Make a Best Offer’ and got them to take off $75. I did no small research on this purchase. My fear is that I get a lot of crap from shady dealers; so I made sure that the folks I dealt with had a perfect or near perfect rating. My stuff is already in shipment and should be here in two shipments: Saturday and Monday (hopefully).
I am also studying for the new version of the ICND1/2 tests. I could have taken the older tests before the end of September; but I would have been rushing. I really want to take my time with my networking studies. Besides I still have four months left in the semester. I talked to my mom and we will go to Arizona in November so that gives me three months to prepare and take both these tests.