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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

Password: msB6Zp6HPD

Click here to access

*to be used for testing & educational purposes only*


  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.


      • BD
        BD July 28, 2022

        Without going through the motions of inspecting your config, etc. I would suggest a google search for…

        “license right-to-use move mem-8XX-512U1GB”

        You should find a few guides around the steps and order.

        Hope this helps.

  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.

      • James
        James July 5, 2023

        just bought one of these that hasnt arrived yet. what is the maximum throughput on the 1gbe wan ports?

        • alcatron
          alcatron July 5, 2023

          Ive only managed to get it to 250mbit with only NAT turned on, if you turn on other features it goes slower. Running at around 250mbit maxes the CPU on the router to 100%. I have since moved on to using the ISR 1100 series platform which does work at 1Gb on the WAN throughput with NAT enabled as it has more CPU cores available and is a better product.

          • James
            James July 5, 2023

            Thank you. Already feeling disapointed before it arrives. My trusty dreytek 2862 gives me a 1Gbs. Are the LTE adapters a standard SMA on the back of cisco. They look bigger than what i have on my antenna

  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.

  4. BD
    BD July 28, 2022

    Would you kindly update the files repo to include the May release of …

    Thanks in advance, appreciate it.

    • alcatron
      alcatron October 22, 2022

      I have added it

  5. Diogo
    Diogo December 20, 2022

    Hi Alcatron can you share or have the release of september c800-universalk9-mz.SPA.158-3.M9.bin?

    Regards, Diogo.

    • alcatron
      alcatron November 26, 2023


  6. Tammy Firefly
    Tammy Firefly December 30, 2022

    could you update this with c800-universalk9-mz.SPA.157-3.M9.bin ?


    • alcatron
      alcatron November 26, 2023


  7. Sinan Karababa
    Sinan Karababa September 3, 2023

    Hi Sir,
    So you have cisco ap1262 series acces point ios image ?
    i have cisco ap1262 but it have Lightweigth image, i need cisco ap1260 series Autonomous image, do you have it ? Could share with me ?
    maybe it’s in the archive, Thank you for youre support , Have a great day

    • alcatron
      alcatron November 29, 2023

      sorry but this one is End of Life and no longer available

  8. klikon
    klikon November 22, 2023

    could you update this with c800-universalk9-mz.SPA.159-3.M.bin

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