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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.

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