CCIE Pursuit Blog

August 22, 2007

NetLab Rentals Shutting Down

Filed under: CCIE Rack Rental,Cisco,Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 7:19 am

According to this post at CCIE Journey, it looks like NetLab Rentals may be shutting down soon:

Well I did have rack time over at netlabrentals.com but received this email from them yesterday.

Thank you for your recent purchase. Unfortunately, NetLab Rentals will no longer be accepting new reservations. We are in the midst of liquidating our assets. You will receive a refund of your entire purchase within the next 5 business days!
We have appreciated your business, and wish you luck in your future studies!

Regards,
NetLab Rentals

I’ve used NetLab Rentals in the past and found them to be quite good, especially for the price.  Here’s a review I wrote about them in response to a visitor’s comment:

Netlabs is very good in that they have good equipment and are running 12.4 code on all routers. Their setup is EXACTLY (down to the interface numbers) the same as the Internetwork Expert lab setup. Their online booking software is good (worked 2 times out of 3 for me). Their prices will increase from $10 to $12 (per 4 hour session) in July.

The only downside is that they give you a login but don’t seem to filter your acccess by time. I messed up and was logging in to my session an hour earlier than I was supposed to (I messed up the conversion because I did not take Daylight Saving Time into effect) and only found out that this was happening the third time that it happened. They have a JavaScript script running on their site that shows when the sessions start, but it doesn’t seem to be working too often. I also had other users logging in during my session and power-cycling the devices. Needless to say, this can completely mess you up in the middle of a lab.

Bottom line: if they fixed the access and tightened up their booking software, they would be an excellent lab rental. With their prices so low and their equipment so good, they’re still worth checking out.

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1 Comment »

  1. I received my refund Monday :(.

    Comment by Carl — August 22, 2007 @ 7:21 am | Reply


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