Total Cost

This page will be kept updated with everything I’ve spent on the CCIE so far.

Books:

  1. Routing TCP/IP Vol. 1 – £34.79
  2. Internet Routing Architectures – £25.79
  3. MPLS Fundamentals – £31.16
  4. Troubleshooting IP Routing Protocols – £23.54
  5. CCIE Routing and Switching Certification Guide – 4th edition – £36.73
  6. Routing TCP/IP Vol. II – £38.26
  7. BGP Design and Implementation – £33.28

Total: £223.55

Dynamips/Dynagen box:

  1. MSI 770T-C45 motherboard – £47.02
  2. AMD Athlon II X4 620 – £75.07
  3. Abit Airpace PCI-E Wi-Fi – £8.96
  4. Kingston 4GB 800Mhz DDR2 – £43.50
  5. Case with 450Watt PSU – £28.24
  6. Radeon X300 SE – £7.95
  7. 3 X Sun Quad Fast PCI Ethernet Card 501-4366 – £46.50
  8. Dlink DFE-580TX Quad server card – £ 29.98

Total: £287.22

Real Switches/Routers:

  1. WS-C3550-48-SMI (Loaded with EMI) – £110.00
  2. WS-C3550-48-SMI (Loaded with EMI) – £110.00
  3. WS-C3550-48-SMI (Loaded with EMI) – £110.00
  4. WS-C3550-48-SMI (Loaded with EMI) – £110.00

Total: £440.00

3rd party training material:

  1. Internetworking Expert CCIE R&S Lab Workbook Volume II – £176.50
  2. INE All access pass for 1 month – £100.00
  3. INE Advanced Technologies class (4.5) – £95.00
  4. INE Mock lab 3 – £80.00
  5. INE Mock lab 5 – £65.59
  6. INE Mock lab 6 – £63.40

Total: £580.49

Exam fees:

  1. CCIE R&S Written 350-001 – £206.40
  2. CCIE Lab – 27th April 2012 -  £1200.00
  3. CCIE Lab – 25th January 2013 -  £1200.00

Total: £2606.40

Other great books:

  1. BGP4 – £10.21
  2. TCP/IP Illustrated – £31.96
  3. JUNOS Enterprise Switching – £30.88
  4. JUNOS Enterprise Routing – £0.00 – I got this from Juniper for free! :D
  5. IPv6 Security – £37.39
  6. JUNOS High Availability – £42.77

Total: £153.21

Books that I still need to buy:

  1. Cisco QOS Exam Certification Guide (IP Telephony Self-Study) (2nd Edition) Total Cost
  2. Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) Foundation Learning Guide
  3. Developing IP Multicast Networks, Volume I

The last book above could really do with an update, hence I’m holding out for now. Also why do I have a CCNP book in here? Well Cisco don’t seem to have a good updated CCIE switching book, it’s all about the routing. This is the latest CCNP switch book, so it’ll be handy to go over STP and the like again

Real Switches/Routers:

I get enough exposure to Cisco devices everyday at work. I also have my dynamips box for my really complex topologies. I’ve now bought 4 3550′s. I can’t afford any 3560′s for my home lab, but as soon as I need to test QoS and PVLAN’s I’ll either use online rack rental or borrow one from work (hopefully)