This short guide shows how you can connect emulated routers with physical routers using GNS3 and the Ethernet NIO. This is a cheap method for expanding your home networking lab, and it is amazingly simple. Whilst I’m using Windows, the same method will work with Linux too.
I recently purchased myself a cisco 2509-RJ, which is similar to the 2509 / 2511, however rather than an octopus cable to connect to other devices, RJ45-RJ45 rollover cables are used. This article shows a full configuration example and details on the cables required. The configuration allows for reverse telneting into other devices.