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Slack Channel - #homelab

A place for people that have (or are looking to have) a personal lab set up, usually for education or more amateur setups. For people looking to learn, explore and show off their labs.

Free/Cheap opportunities

The following is a list of software/hardware opportunities that are either free or relatively cheap compared to purchasing the product yourself, these are usually for lab/training only, please check the licensing terms.



  • Cisco
    • CSR 1000v - Free (very limited bandwidth ~10MB) when trial ends, good for learning (and not much else).
    • Meraki - Free hardware from watching webinars (SaaS trials).
    • UCS Emulator
  • F5
  • Sophos
    • UTM - Free home edition UTM.




  • VMWare
    • VMUG - $200/yr, access to vSphere Enterprise Plus, vCenter, VSAN and more for lab/training.