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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:

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

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 🙂


Cacti v1.0 Released!

After many many years, Cacti version 1.0 has been released. It has a lot of features added.
I am yet to try it, but hopefully it will be great. Here are some of the new features:

Important Updates

  • Remote data collectors (Pollers)
  • Network discovery and automation
  • Device management automation
  • Enhanced user, group and domain management
  • User interface enhancements
  • Additional RRDtool graph option support
  • Merged almost 20 plugins into core

Apparently weathermap plugin doesnt work yet with the new version, so will wait and see how it turns out as I quite like the weathermap plugin. Have you tried it yet ? What do you think of it?

Visit official Cacti site to get your hands on a copy.


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Classical Vocal Trance

Another passion of mine is listening to trance music, however I do also enjoy Vocal Trance from the DI FM radio stream. Im a huge fan of the classical types released 2006-2008 like DJ Doboy, Franky2k, GT vs Project C and Elucidate.

I have decided to mirror the classical sets here

Enjoy 🙂

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