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Cisco networking labs

State-of-the-art labs providing a vibrant environment to gain practical experience and learn modern concepts and industry practices in computer networks and cyber security.

About the Cisco networking labs

Our high-tech computer networking labs are a well-known Cisco academy, and training courses ranging from introductory level to industry-recognised commercial certificates, such as CCNA and CCNP are held here. The facility is a training partner with EC-Council to provide Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) qualification and certification and, in collaboration with Westermo, also provides training on the Westermo networking equipment designed specifically for extreme weather conditions.

Lab machines can be configured flexibly to implement and test computer networks for a medium-sized company. The lab machines are equipped with a multitude of academic and commercial software to design, simulate, test, monitor and manage computer networks, as well as to learn ethical hacking, virtualisation, and software defined networks.

A number of postgraduate, undergraduate, and professional courses in the computer networking field benefit from regularly using the labs. 


  • 46 x 2911 integrated Cisco services routers
  • 46 x 2960 Cisco access layer switches
  • Cisco 2508 wireless LAN controller
  • Various Cisco wireless access points
  • 6 TPLink / openwrt access points
  • 2 x Westermo Wolverine DDW-225
  • 2 x Westermo Lynx L208-F2G
  • 2x Westermo Lynx L210-F2G
  • 2x Westermo Wolverine DDW-142
  • 50x Dell Optiplex 8020 i7 workstations
  • 2x Dell server R320
  • 7x CCNP equipment bundle each including: 4x 2911 integrated services routers, 2x 3560v2 multilayer switches, 2x 2960 access layer switches
  • 4x Cisco CCNA security equipment bundles including: 4x 5510 adaptive security appliances, 2x 5505 adaptive security appliances
  • 9 x Cisco CCNA equipment bundles including: 18x Cisco 2960 access layer switches, 18x 2911 integrated service routers
  • Cisco 2811 call manager voice gateway router including: WIC 2/AS serial interface, VIC 2FXS voice interface, HWIC-4ESW fast ethernet interface, VIC2-2FXO voice interface, 8x Cisco 7940-7970 IP phones

Courses that use this facility

  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Networks Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Cyber Security
  • MSc Computer Engineering
  • MSc Cyber Security Engineering
  • Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship