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This post will show the list of equipment and software required to implement a network project using Cisco Switches and offer a quick access to the playlist on our youtube channel.

EQUIPMENT LIST

Here is the list of the hardware that I used to create my network project using Cisco switches.

 Access Layer Switch - 24 Ports (No PoE)

 Access Layer Switch - 24 Ports PoE

 Access Layer Switch - 48 Ports (No PoE)

 Access Layer Switch - 48 Ports PoE

 Core Layer Switch - 48 Ports (No PoE)

 Core Layer Switch - 48 Ports PoE

 Network Cabling (CAT6)

 Patch cable (CAT6)

 RJ45 Ethernet Connectors 

 Crimp, Cut, and Strip Tool

 UTP Cable Tester

 Wire Tracker

 Punch Down Tool

 Fiber Optic Cable

 Fiber to RJ45 Converter

 Open Frame Rack

All pieces of equipment listed above are available on Amazon's website all over the world.



SOFTWARE LIST

Here is the list of the software that I used to create my network project using Cisco switches.

 Putty

Windows 10

Most of these softwares are available for free and some are sold on Amazon.

Cisco SWITCH PLAYLIST

Here are the playlists available on our youtube channel showing how to start your configuration.

 Cisco Switch - Step by step

Acess Layer Switches

An access layer switch is a device where you connect the end user equipment like:

Desktops

Laptops

Printers

• Voip Phones

This type of switch does not require advanced layer3 features VLAN routing.



CORE LAYER SWITCHES

 A core layer switch is where you configure the advanced features like VLAN routing.

The core layer switch should be used as a HUB to connect all access layer switches.

A core layer switch is a device where you connect: 

• Access Switches

• Network Servers

• Network Appliances

This type of switch does require advanced layer3 features.

The advanced features usually are implemented in the datacenter of a company.

CONCLUSION

This post did show the list of equipment required to implement a network project using Cisco Switches.