This quick reference page provides a summary of the specifications of this topology. For a complete reference including installation details, please refer to the Basic Router Pod v2 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.

Recommended devices for this topology are listed in the table below. The equipment listed is derived from the official Academy spreadsheet CCNAConfigurationandPricingGuide.xls (August 2005).

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

Routers Recommended
Interfaces Required
Serial Port Module Required
R1, R2, R3 Cisco 1841
Cisco 2801
Cisco 2811
Cisco 2621XM
2 WIC 2A/S or 2T

1Other router models may be used. Cisco 17xx is not supported. Please consult your Cisco NetAcad support contact for more information.

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.

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.)

Virtual PC Support

Remote PCs are implemented by integrating with 3rd party virtualization products. The NETLAB+ documentation library includes several guides with extensive detail on the implementation of virtualization with your NETLAB+ system.

The following operating system choices are typical based on the curriculum. These choices are not mandatory; you can make substitutions provided that:

  1. Your choice of NETLAB+ supported virtualization product supports the operating system (as a guest).
  2. Your choices are compatible with the curriculum.

Only virtual machines are supported on this topology. Standalone PCs are not supported.

The Basic Router Pod v2 supports up to four (4) virtual machines.
Virtual Machine Recommended
Functions VLAN Offset1
PC1a Windows XP Student PC, client activities +0
PC1b Windows XP Student PC, client activities +0
PC2 Windows XP Student PC, client activities +2
PC3 Windows XP Optional, client activities +4

1See the planning and installation guide for detaiils

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 Basic Router Pod v2
Control Device Resource Quantity Required
Control Switch 6 Consecutive Ports
Access Server 3 Lines
Switched Outlet Devices 3 Outlets

The Basic Router Pod v2 requires 6 consecutive ports on a control switch.
The Basic Router Pod v2 requires 3 async ports on an access server.
The Basic Router Pod v2 requires 3 outlets on a switched outlet device.

For More Information

Please refer to the Basic Router Pod v2 Planning and Installation Guide