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Cisco 897 Files

This is the next upgraded model that superceeded the Cisco 877. This model adds more WAN transmission types like VDSL, LTE, Ethernet and ADSL1/2+ still. It has a better CPU than the previous model. At the moment I have managed to get it up to 200mbit WAN throughput with some basic NAT/IP access lists turned on, and approx 100mbit using IPsec tunneling with AH encryption turned on, before the CPU spikes to 100%, still pretty nice for this platform.

I have included files below for the 897 if you require it for your pleasure.

Use the link below to access with username and password

Username: alcatron.net
Password: msB6Zp6HPD

Click here to access

*to be used for testing & educational purposes only*

6 Comments

  1. Dr. Vince
    Dr. Vince February 15, 2022

    Great tip for those with a Cisco 897 :
    This router actually has 1 Gb of memory , but it is locked to 512 Mb …
    To upgrade and double your memory, for free > > >

    Router(config) # license feature mem-8XX-512U1GB

    ( accept EULA : yes )

    Router(config) # exit

    Router # license right-to-use move mem-8XX-512U1GB

    ( to change it from evaluation to permanent/Life time mode )

    Confirm with : show license , and , show version

    You’re welcome ! ;o)

    • BD
      BD February 15, 2022

      Indeed a great tip and one I hadn’t seen, thanks for taking the time to post.

    • Antonical
      Antonical March 15, 2022

      I can’t get this to work on my 897VA-K9

      show license
      Index 1 Feature: advipservices
      Period left: Life time
      License Type: Permanent
      License State: Active, In Use
      License Count: Non-Counted
      License Priority: Medium
      Index 2 Feature: advsecurity
      Index 3 Feature: ios-ips-update
      Period left: Not Activated
      Period Used: 0 minute 0 second
      License Type: EvalRightToUse
      License State: Inactive
      License Count: Non-Counted
      License Priority: None
      Index 4 Feature: MEM-8XX-512U1GB
      Period left: 8 weeks 4 days
      Period Used: 0 minute 0 second
      License Type: EvalRightToUse
      License State: Inactive
      License Count: Non-Counted
      License Priority: Low
      Any advice you can give me.

      Cheers
      Tony

  2. alcatron
    alcatron February 15, 2022

    thanks, i didnt know about that feature, if there was only a feature to unlock additional CPU power to handle 1gig links 🙂

    • Dr. Vince
      Dr. Vince February 15, 2022

      Yes, it is actually ridiculous they put a Gigabitethernet WAN port on a router that can not handle GBit speed internally… 🙁 The unlocking of additional memory should help a bit though.
      I could not tell myself though, as I am using VDSL2 with max attainable rate of about 110 Mbit. But I always assumed my router was future-proof, for fiberoptic 1000 Mbit.

      I guess by that time, I’d need to scour eBay for a cheap 1000 series, like a C111x-4P.

  3. alcatron
    alcatron February 17, 2022

    yeah, i have 1gig now and couldnt use the 897.. i am using the C111x series to handle 1gig. I then tried to turn on the netflow function on C111x serie but then it couldnt handle the 1gig throughput because of netflow, this reduced the speed to something like 400M.

    I still think they need a few more CPU cores even in the C111x series if you want to turn on lots of features.

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