The community lab is temporarily offline for relocation. The lab will be back online for 2013!
13 Sep 2012 00:26
The lab is moving! The lab will be temporarily shut down and dismantled beginning September 19th pending a relocation to North Carolina. Reservations are currently suspended. I apologize for the inconvenience. I'm shooting to have the lab back online by the end of October. Updates will follow over the next few weeks.
16 Jul 2011 17:49
Two new T1 links have been installed between R3 and R5 and between R4 and R6. The current version of the lab topology is v1.5; make sure you have a copy of the latest topology before beginning a lab. The new T1 WICs were purchased using funds donated by lab users. Thanks to everyone who donated!
13 Mar 2011 19:52
Reduced the maximum reservation time from six hours to four in an effort to reduce the amount of lab time wasted by no-shows. Existing six-hour reservations will remain valid, but reservations made from this point on are subject to the 4-hour limit.
28 Dec 2010 22:31
Just added an HWIC-2FE on loan from a friend to R1, and connected FastEthernet0/2/0 on R1 (block A) to G0/1 on S5 (block C). This provides a direct link between these two devices for people wanting to run a routing protocol between them without having to establish a layer two path through one of the intermediate switches.
26 Dec 2010 04:55
S4 seems to have kicked the bucket. I have replaced it with a spare 3550, but the replacement does not have PoE/Inline Power, so it will no longer have IP phones attached.
08 Nov 2010 04:11
If you're in a location which observes daylight savings time, please be aware that your offset from UTC (lab time) may have changed recently, or may be due to change shortly.
12 Sep 2010 23:25
It seems as though the recent bug with the lab's console server may have resolved itself. I'm disabling the manual reset link; please contact me if you experience the issue described in the prior announcements.
26 Aug 2010 16:53
There is a bug with the lab's console server which may cause a console port to randomly become unresponsive during or before a reservation. A solution is being pursued, but in the meantime a workaround has been devised to enable lab users to manually reset console ports during their reservation. For more information, see the section of your confirmation email marked "BUG WARNING."
26 Aug 2010 13:53
Recently users have been experiencing issues with console ports becoming unresponsive after login. I'm working with Opengear to resolve the issue. If you encounter an unresponsive port during your reservation, please email me so I can resolve it. Sorry for the inconvenience.
22 Aug 2010 15:35
The site experienced significant downtime last night. Consequently, the lab was unavailable. (Users who were unable to login during this time of course will not have any no-show penalties applied.) Sorry for the inconvenience.
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The Packet Life community lab provides free access to modern Cisco networking equipment for training purposes. Lab equipment and other costs are provided or sponsored by the site's owner, commercial sponsors, and voluntary contributions by gracious community members.