I've been pondering this question for a while and figure why not post it in the new Cisco Devices forum. I work with Nortel equipment at work and do not have any exposure to Cisco, aside from looking at the routers which are managed by another group. I've been considering going down the Cisco learning road. I know there are lab kits and "student" type routers but the question is what model/specs should I consider. For a price range between $100-200 I see a wide range of options but I'm having a hard time distinguishing good from bad. Can anyone offer a rough spec for starting off on the path of learning Cisco equipment?