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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 as Firmware here it is:

IOS:
c800-universalk9-mz.SPA.154-3.M8.bin (Release Date 31 July 2017)

Firmware:
VA_A_39t_B_35j_24m (Firmware)
fwrn-a2pv6c039t.pdf (Firmware Readme)
This firmware is used for Cisco CPEs and recommended for Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN).

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 🙂

5 Comments

  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.

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