Archive for September, 2007

MGCP phone 1, Ted 0

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

I recently bought some Cisco IP phones off of ebay so I could start my own VOIP lab at home. I purchased a 7940G and 7912G to start out with. The 7912G wasn’t too big of a pain; I basically had to reset the phone to factory defaults (no big deal thx to documentation online–and it already had SCCP). Well the 7940 was a different story. It was configured with MGCP firmware with a non-default password. I ended-up trying the two recovery methods on Cisco’s site. Needless to say, holding “#” while resetting didn’t work (it’s meant for SIP phones) and the “**#” didn’t work either (as it’s meant for SCCP phones). I was left wondering how I was going to get my 7940 working.

After google failed me, I came across this link

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CCIE Written=Done

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Well, the easy part of my pursuit for the CCIE is complete. I passed the new 350-001 R&S written test today ($300 big-ones for this baby!). I’m really looking forward to using my IPexpert workbooks for practicing for the lab exam-or the hard part as they say. I’m hoping to take my first shot at the lab exam this year, but not sure if that’s going to happen…

The materials I used are the CCIE exam guide by Wendell Odom and Routing TCP/IP volumes I and II by Jeff Doyle. I started off reading the TCP/IP volumes, which really give you a good foundation for more then you need to know for the test. The exam guide is great at providing a good last-minute cram before the test. If you’re wondering about the IPv6 and MPLS additions to the test, the resources I used cover those topics just fine.