This webpage lists the equipment requirements for the Internet Lab. We recommend to have one set of equipment ("rack") for every 15-20 students. The rack can be placed in a public computer lab (e.g., as used for programming assignments).
The following two tables summarize the equipment needs for a single Internet Lab rack. More details are provided in the Section "Shopping List".
|1||19” equipment rack with 3 shelves|
|4|| Cisco Routers (Cisco 2514, 2611,
2611XM, 2621, 2621XM, 2811, 7000, or 7010)
Required: IOS 12.0 or later
|4||Linux PCs (Linux 2.4 or later) with 2 Ethernet NICs|
|1||keyboard, mouse, monitor|
|1||UPS unit (optional)|
(CAT5, straight through wiring, RJ45 connectors)
(CAT5 cables, crossover wiring, RJ45 connectors)
(twisted pair, rollover/nullmodem wiring, RJ45 connectors)
Used as console cable for Cisco routers. Included with new routers.
|2||WAN serial cable for Cisco routers
(WIC2/T Smart Serial DTE - DCE Male / Male Crossover)
|1||Cable kit for KVM switch<|
Rack with new Cisco 2811 RoutersApproximate cost US-$ 15,000 (updated in August 2007)
19'' Rack: Company: Milestek
19" Steel Rack (19"x72")
Part #: 50-70377
|~200.00||~200.00||This is a very basic rack.|
Rack Base Cantilever Support Base
Part #: 50-70119
Center-Mount Shelf 2 Rack Space
Part #: 50-70121
Cisco Routers: CDW
Cisco 2811 Integrated
models of this router are also fine (2611XM, 2611,
2621, 2621XM, 2514).
Any Cisco router with 2 Ethernet LAN ports and at least 1 WIC port is suitable.
Serial WAN Interface Card
|4||PC (min. 2 Ghz, 256 MB RAM,1 USB port||~600.00||~2400.00|
Card 10/100 Fast Ethernet PCI Network
|1||Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse||~500.00||~500.00||17" or 19" monitor is fine.|
KVM switch Cables to Go
to Go TRULINK 4-Port VGA/USB and PS/2 KVM Switch with Cables
Part #: 35555
||~120.00||KVM switch for USB ports and VGA video.|
Ethernet Hubs Netgear
|4||Netgear DS108 8 PORT 10/100 Mbps Dual Speed Hub||~70.00||~280.00||Simple
(non-buffered) Ethernet hubs are increasingly difficult to find.
Buffered hubs or Ethernet switches will work for all but a few lab exercises.
WAN serial cable for Cisco routers Pro-Link LLC
ft 26-pin to
Serial DTE - DCE M/M Crossover
Part #: CAB-SS-2626X-10
|16||Straight Ethernet CAT5 Cable with RJ45 connectors (approx. 10ft)||~10.00||160.00|
|4||Crossover Ethernet CAT5 Cable with RJ45 connectors (approx. 10ft)||~10.00||~40.00||The crossover and straight cables should have a different color|