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 Switch Pod v1 Planning and Installation Guide

Topology Supports Documentation

CCNA 3.1 (Course 3) 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 Basic Switch Pod contains one router, R1 and two switches, S1 and S2

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
R1 2
S1,S2 12

The R1 Ethernet 0 interface must be a built-in interface, which is capable of activation from the ROM monitor mode. This interface connects to a control switch. All NETLAB+ supported routers have at least one Ethernet interface that meets this requirement.

The R1 Ethernet 1 interface connects to switch S1. This interface must support 802.1q to be compatible with trunking labs.

All NETLAB+ topologies with lab switches and Virtual Machines require additional switch configuration tasks for successful operation. The Basic Switch Pod Version 1 requires switch configuration commands on control switch ports S1 and S2.

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.

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 Switch Pod v1
Control Device Resource Quantity Required
Control Switch 3 Consecutive Ports
Access Server 3 Lines
Switched Outlet Devices 3 Outlets

The Basic Switch Pod v1 requires 3 consecutive ports on a control switch.
The Basic Switch Pod v1 requires 3 async ports on an access server.

The Basic Switch Pod v1 requires 3 outlets on a switched outlet device.

For More Information

Please refer to the Basic Switch Pod v1 Planning and Installation Guide