For my study preparation I have used online racks from Fastlane & IPexpert. This is just simple comparison of these remote rack services. Here is the hardware comparison of their racks.
With IPExpert (or proctorlabs.com) we can book a remote rack minimum for 4 hour slot (effectively 3 hr & 45 min). With Fastlane racks we cannot book it for few hours. You have to book a rack at least for a day or week (effectively 4.5 days).
Therefore flexibility wise IPExpert racks are much better than Fastlane as you can book it when you want it. Since you cannot do labs 24 hrs a day per hour cost of Fastlane racks are much expensive.
4 hour slot of rack time is 30$ with IPExpert. You can book 1,5,10,25 slots & you will get discount if you book bulk slots at once. You can check their pricing information from here. You can buy rack time via online payment
Fastlane remote rack is 195$ per day. Their website says they will give 10% discount for consecutive 3 days & 25% for consecutive 5 days. But what I heard was they will use same pods for other wireless classes (like CCNP wireless etc) and no dedicated pods available for CCIE wireless rental purpose (therefor cannot guarantee a rack is available when you need it). You cannot buy via online payment & sales inquiry responses was very poor.
During business hours (Monday to Friday US-EST 9:00AM to 5:00PM) IPExpert support staff available to help you via chat. But after hours it will be via email & no staff available at rack locations. So if you suspect a hardware issue no body will be there to check it for you.
In Fastlane, there will be 24×7 remote support and person will be available via skype. So it does not matter which timezone you are working, you will get the same level of support all the time. In that sense fastlane is much better than IPExpert.
In IPExpert remote racks support both their Volume1 (6 Labs) & Volume2 (5 Labs). You can load initial configuration depend on the labs you want to practice.But you have to sacrifice 15-30 mins to fully load a rack (revert to zero config & then load your lab initial config). Therefore your effective lab time per slot will be around 3 hours if you go with a single slot at a time.
In Fastlane,there is no pre-configuration & you have to build your lab from scratch. No multiple labs available & no option for pre-load configuration. It is pretty much like your home lab.
In fastlane labs these devices SSH access is not available. You have to rely on remote support if you want to check something for you. Due to this you cannot do certain task which you require SSH access.
In IPExpert racks you can do SSH to these devices & you can to almost any task. In that regards IPExpert racks are much better.
CME & VoIP:
This is one area lacking in both racks. There is no way of practicing Voice specific configs by using any of these racks.
In summary I would prefer IPExpert racks over Fastlane & planning to use it for full 8 hr lab (Volume 2 Labs) practices in coming weeks.
Prasanna Yabaluri said:
Very helpful! Thanks for taking time to post this!
mostafa el habashy said:
hello my dear
i really interested at your efforts and what you have achieved
i want to take CCIE wireless then CWNE
could you tell me from where could i start
which books should i buy and if there any where free
i can book 25 sessions at IP-Expert with 850 $
but they say that LAB V3 is new so i am afraid from that
I have CCNP Wireless and Aruba Certified Design Expert ACDX
so my main work is at wireless field and i want to take CCIE wireless but i cannot find
free vedios and material on the internet as CCIE R&S
Here is the recommended resources for v3.0. You may need to have a login for Cisco Learning Network to view this
excellent analysis. Very usefull for future ccie wireless candidate!
Thanks for feedback…yes it is very hard to find quality online racks for this track. It is best if u can afford for mini home lab.
Nice posting. Thank you for sharing with us. Keep it up………
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Nice post, I want to start my study for ccna & ccnp wireless, can you recommend a specific models for home lab.
thanks in advance
Narayan Dev Sarma said:
Thanks for these critical info!!!!
No prob… Keep in mind these information were accurate at the time of my posting, those may have changed afterwards. Better if you could do a research on web for accurate info as of today.