I'm happy to announce that, thanks to a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous, the community lab has gone wireless! Well, it at least has a wireless access point now: a Cisco Aironet 1232AG. This is a "thick" IOS-based AP which can be configured via console and operates independently of a central controller.
The AP has been added to device block B (console port 7) and attached to interface GigabitEthernet0/11 on S2 (a Catalyst 3560). The AP receives power from the switch via Cisco Inline Power (ILP), which affords lab users additional opportunity to experiment with PoE functional. The lab also has two PoE-powered IP phones currently connected to S2.
Now seems like an appropriate time to ask what else you'd all like to see added to the lab. Thanks to many generous donors, we currently have $876.32 USD to be used to acquire additional or upgraded lab equipment. While some gear has been commercially sponsored (thanks Opengear and Force10!) or donated, most of it was acquired the old fashioned way: with cash.
While I make occasionally small lab purchases of cables, WICs, and so forth on my own, it seems like we might be gearing up for one or two big-ticket additions to the lab. So, what would you like to see added? Keep in mind that we have limited remote console availability, rack space, and power: There's room for a bit more, but we can't add too much new gear without taking some out.
Is there something you'd like to see added now? Would you prefer to wait until we've collected more donations? Share your opinion in the comments!