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Cisco 897VA for NBN

The next successor to the Cisco 877 I believe is the Cisco 897VA model. This model takes in Ethernet WAN/ADSL/VDSL/SFP Fibre connections. It also has 8 x 1gb user port connections, and 4 ports are PoE capable.

It allows you to do a lot with the connectivity you require, especially when it comes to the Australian NBN multi-technology  mix. It will allow you to terminate your FTTP (Ethernet WAN port) and FTTN (VDSL2 port).

One thing I like about this router is the casing is not plastic like the Cisco 877 and it is metal instead, and it has a nice look and feel to it

Here are some photos of this model:


If you are looking for the latest software for this one to work on the NBN as well see Cisco 897 Menu in the blog above.

Hopefully this has given you a better insight of the new Cisco 897VA Model, and some nice software to operate it on the NBN or your own specific network.

As always welcome any feedback how this router performs for you 🙂


  1. rob
    rob October 4, 2017

    Hey Alcatron,

    Stumbled across your site, was hoping you can help me out with Cisco related questions.

  2. rob
    rob October 4, 2017

    Was hoping you could help me with a Cisco related question.

    • alcatron
      alcatron October 6, 2017

      Hi Rob, sure what do you require?

  3. JC
    JC November 1, 2017

    Dude! DUUUUUUDE!

    Thank you so much for posting those firmware files. Utterly ridiculous that a Cisco router bought a year ago does not ship with the correct VDSL firmware and then Cisco try to peddle their service contracts on top of Smartnet!

    Just saved me big time!

    • alcatron
      alcatron November 1, 2017

      thanks, youre welcome 🙂 Yes the default firmware does not ship with the correct one.

  4. Shufty
    Shufty March 6, 2018

    Hey mate, thanks for the files.

    I’m assuming (which is probably a terrible idea) that being a c800 universal firmware file it should still work on an 887VA?

    • alcatron
      alcatron March 6, 2018

      Shufty, yes it should work on the 887VA

  5. Matt
    Matt August 16, 2019

    Thanks for that.

  6. Matt
    Matt August 17, 2021

    Any chance of providing updated IOS and modem f/w
    for 2021 ?

    I was using “c800-universalk9-mz.SPA.155-3.M.bin”
    with VDSL f/w “VA_A_39t_B_35j_24m.bin”
    and had a software crash.
    Viewing the log showed it to be caused by “CPU Hog”, “NBAR timer tick task ”
    I’ve since disabled the netflow config.


  7. alcatron
    alcatron September 12, 2021

    I have now added a Cisco 897 menu on the main site with updated ios. That firmware is still the latest that you have.

  8. SLC
    SLC October 19, 2021

    I was looking into a Cisco Enterprise Router of FTTP. I used to have configured and used the C887VA-W-A-K9 before and discovered it of very high quality. The C1117 may be lacking in comparison to the C800 series. I am seriously looking into getting the C897VA to connect with the NBN WAN port, but I noticed that the end-of-sale was 03/12/2020. Also, the Cisco 1000 series end-of-sale was in 2019. It seems that Cisco does not have a replacement for the C800 yet, but I really like its top networking quality. Should I buy the C897VA not knowing when the support will end, wait for the C800 replacement which could be of much lesser network quality? The fact is, I did not see a better one or more suitable than the C897VA for me in the official Cisco webpage. What is your advice?

  9. alcatron
    alcatron October 19, 2021

    Hey SLC, the Cisco 1000 series is the replacement model for the 897. Closest one would be the C1113-8P model, which has the gigabit wan port, ADSL/VDSL option, and 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports.

    More models on the link below

    I would highly recommend the 1100 series over the 897 as it can support gigabit internet NAT throughput. On the 897 i only managed around 250mbit before the CPU would top out at 100%

    They are not end of sale , they are still available as per
    Status – Available.

    I just ordered a few the other day for some client sites and all good still.

    • Tunnah
      Tunnah August 6, 2022

      Hey mate,
      Just wondering if you have a basic startup-config for the 897vag-lte on fttn?

  10. BD
    BD February 8, 2022

    Thanks for your ongoing content and helpful links.

    Would you please consider adding 15.8.3M7 to your 897 Files section when you next visit the download repository?


    • alcatron
      alcatron February 10, 2022

      added 🙂

      • BD
        BD February 14, 2022

        Thank you! Very much appreciated.

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