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Cisco 7204VXR Routers NPE-400, Advanced Enterprise IOS, CCNA CCNP CCIE - $50 (Medford)

condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Cisco
model name / number: 7204VXR with NPE-400

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Cash only, pickup in Medford.

I have 2 available, $50 each or $80 for both.

In very good to excellent condition, no damage, few light scratches as with any rack mount equipment. Includes all blank slot covers for proper EMI shielding and dust protection. Rack mount ears aren't included but if you need them, they're cheap on ebay (or can set them on a rack shelf).

While these are older routers (they went end of support in 2017), they're still perfectly powerful and usable. The included NPE-400 with 256MB RAM is good for about 200 megs of throughput (varies with packet size and features enabled). The I/O-2FE has two 10/100 RJ45 ports. Each also has a PA-DS3 (45 meg T3/DS3 serial card) installed, not all that useful these days but handy if you want to learn serial interface commands or have an extra link between the routers (just need a couple BNC coax cables, heck at short distances some wires with alligator clips work too). Each has a single power supply with the proper blank cover over the other power supply bay.

These include IOS 12.4(15)T17 Advanced Enterprise Services which is the fullest featured IOS available, typically only found at service providers and large corporations, includes zone based firewall, IDS/IPS, VPNs, encryption, etc. Lets you explore and learn all the features and functionality available.

These could be used as-is for 100M (200M full duplex) or less throughput due to the 100M ports or for CCNA/CCNP/CCIE practice, or just general learning of Cisco IOS. Nice thing about these are they're very quiet compared to most rack mount equipment, so you can be in the same room with them without being deafened.

Or you can install the newer NPE-G1 (around $30 on ebay) or NPE-G2 (around $80 on ebay) which will give you much more throughput, 3x gig ports (copper and fiber combo ports) and more memory. NPE-G1 will boost you to about 500M throughput, and NPE-G2 takes it up to a full gig, making these very powerful for home, small, even medium business. That's another nice perk, you can find all kinds of interfaces, parts, etc on ebay very cheap. Had I not gotten newer routers that already had 1G and 10G ports in them, I would have grabbed a couple NPE-G2s for these and kept using them.

If you do plan to get an NPE-G1 or NPE-G2 I have fiber GBICs (for NPE-G1) and fiber SFPs (for NPE-G2) I can sell you at a reasonable price, though many on ebay come with one or more, in case you want to toy with fiber connections. I think I have some extra SC and LC fiber patch cables too.

I used one of these a long time ago as my home internet router (best way to learn and stay up to date is to actually use it regularly), then they moved to my lab. I've recently gotten a bunch of new lab stuff, so no need for these anymore.

Original MSRP for these was over $10,000, Cisco stuff depreciates rapidly once it goes end of sale, but that gives you an idea of how powerful these are. Reliability wise, I just decommissioned a pair at work that had been running a mission critical infrastructure for with an uptime of over 13 years without a reboot or issue.

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