I'm a computer science student and was able to convince a CDN who has a NOC locally to give me a tour of their facility this last Monday. I thought it was great and might consider network engineering in the future. But I think I'd rather be programming the utilities that run and operate these networks.
Either way, I would love to play with some fiber optics networking. Create an in-house network between machines on different platforms and program them to do stupid things. I'm in a Networking Research lab this summer, but am an undergrad and have a lot to learn about networking. I know equipment is expensive, so that's my problem. I know Cat6 offers similar speeds, but I wanna play with fiber as I believe that's where our future is. Or.. am I wrong?
The University has a public auction on Tuesday and I'll see if I can find anything there. My highest hopes are to at least find some old 10/100MB switches, routers, servers.
Thanks in advance!