This quick reference page provides a summary of the specifications of this topology. For a complete reference including installation details, please refer to the Advanced Switch Pod Planning and Installation Guide pdf

Topology Supports Documentation

CCNP 3.x Planning and Installation Guide

Lab Topology


Lab Device Requirements

Lab devices are part of the topology and users can interact with them either directly through the console or network.

Hardware compatibility with NETLAB+ does not guarantee the compatibility of labs. Please check the Academy curriculum, NDG pod guides, and lab support pages for specific hardware and IOS requirements.

The Advanced Switch Pod contains three routers, R1, R2 and R3. The Advanced Switch Pod includes five switches, CORE, DIST1, DIST2, ACC1 and ACC2

Other equipment may work if it is supported by NETLAB+ and can meet the minimum requirements for feature sets, interfaces, IOS, RAM, and Flash

Devices Ethernet
Interfaces Required
Interfaces Required
R1 2 2
R2 2 1
R3 2 1
CORE 12+ 0
DIST1 12+ 0
DIST2 12+ 0
ACC1 12+ 0
ACC2 12+ 0

Router Interfaces

The NETLAB+ interface name translation feature is supported on this pod type. This may influence the selection of modular interface cards and slot placement within the router. Please review the expected interface names for each router.

The first Ethernet interface on each router (Ethernet 0) connects to a NETLAB+ control switch. These interfaces must be built-in and capable of activation from the ROM monitor mode. The second Ethernet interface on each router connects to a lab switch port.

The router serial interfaces may be built-in, or provided by modular interface cards such as the WIC-2AS or WIC-2T. Serial connections between routers require the appropriate serial cables. You can use DTE and DCE cables back-to-back, or special cables that provide both DTE and DCE in one cable (available from SIGMAnet).

Control Device Requirements

Control devices provide internal connectivity, console access, and managed power. Control devices are dynamically managed by NETLAB+ and are not accessible or configurable by end users.

  • Control switches provide connectivity between devices in the pod.
  • Access server lines provide console connections to lab equipment.
  • Switched outlets provide managed electrical power, allowing NETLAB+ and users to turn lab equipment on and off.
Control Device Requirements for the Advanced Switch Pod
Control Device Resource Quantity Required
Control Switch 8 Consecutive Ports
Access Server 8 Lines
Switched Outlet Devices 8 Outlets
The Advanced Switch Pod requires 3 consecutive ports on a control switch.
ASP_CS The Advanced Switch Pod requires 3 async ports on an access server.
The Advanced Switch Pod requires 3 outlets on a switched outlet device.

For More Information

Please refer to the Advanced Switch Pod Planning and Installation Guide