I'd imagine once the lab goes live, there will be a big jump in membership. Especially if sites like digg and slashdot link to you. Anyways, have you considered accepting paypal donations? I'm sure it could help in getting bigger and "badder" equipment to play with.
Re: Need Materials for Cisco Lab
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But in all honesty and no offense taken, this project isn't a one-man project and I wouldn't want to take all the credit.
All congratulations should be properly addressed to the site's team as they are the heros of this whole story!
Jwj, the topic of donations has been brought up in the past by nske and we decided we would accept donations only after the lab was fully operational.
This would happen to ensure no one misunderstands our intentions in providing free education and services to the world. Because we want to populate the lab with Call manager express, more PIX Firewalls and some very expensive equipment such as ISDN switches (to allow ISDN dialups between routers), we would have to somehow cover these costs, not to mention the running costs for the lab and site, which have grown a lot!
The lab alone has cost us more than $10,000 US Dollars so far, this includes development, equipment, dedicated Internet line, ups, cables (the expensive Cisco ones!) and much more.
In short, we will give back to the community, as much as we can.
Don't listen to him... he's a one man army... the rest of us pretty much stand around and look pretty (ugly)... well, at least that's what I do
Nothing is nicer than community generated material. The team had discussed this ages ago when we were planning to have a community contributed section. We decided against if because it would be hard to control quality of submissions, however it's obvious in this particular case that it would make a great addition.