Using USB internet on Cisco Routers

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Apr 12th, 2010

I have USB internet connection and want to use it on my Cisco router 2811, is there any possibililty to use this?, The router has usb ports but i dont think that these ports can be used for internet connectivity,,

Please advise,

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Leo Laohoo Tue, 04/13/2010 - 15:54

The USB ports were not design to support data traffic via USB.  It's used primary to transfer files from the router only.

Brandon Svec Tue, 04/13/2010 - 20:17

I use this router with 3G USB internet:

You could use this and connect it to an Ethernet interface on your 2811. Just think of it like a WIC for 3G internet that you have to glue onto your 2811

You might also look into these 3G HWICs

Also, keep your eyes open for Cisco SMB/SBCS products that can do this in the near future.  I am beta testing a Cisco product right now that can do this.


Duane Lodl Fri, 08/20/2010 - 12:18

I'm looking for assistance with attaching a cradlepoint MBR1200 to a Cisco 2821 Router via Gigibit interface.

Does anyone have any good suggestions for setting this up.

Junaid Abbas Sun, 08/22/2010 - 21:18

USB eToken Feature

The USB eToken feature enables device authentication and simplifies the deployment and secure configuration of Cisco routers. It uses smart card technology in a USB form factor to facilitate the authentication and configuration process. The token provides secure access to the router-the token and a PIN are necessary to access the configuration, keys, and credentials. The token can also be used to securely provide the configuration to the router, because the configuration can be encrypted on the token.

The USB eToken can be used to store files. Any kind of files that need to be securely stored and that can fit on the eToken can be stored. The eToken can store X.509 digital certificates as well as configuration files. These files can be transferred from the router to the eToken with a Cisco IOS® Software CLI command or by using a GUI-based software application called Token Management System (TMS) available from Aladdin Knowledge Systems. For more information on TMS or for ordering eTokens, visit

USB Flash Feature

The USB Flash feature provides an optional secondary storage capability and an additional boot device. Images, configurations, or other files can be copied to or from the Cisco USB Flash memory with the same reliability as storing and retrieving files using the Compact Flash card. In addition, modular Integrated Services Routers can boot any Cisco IOS image saved on USB flash. Cisco USB Flash memory is available in 64, 128, and 256 MB sizes.

Is it mean that using tokens, the usb interface can be configured as other wan interfaces like, Ip address and subnet mask and other interface related commands, NAT etc???

Paolo Bevilacqua Mon, 08/23/2010 - 02:24

Is it mean that using tokens, the usb interface can be configured as  other wan interfaces like, Ip address and subnet mask and other  interface related commands, NAT etc???

NO, it does NOT mean that.


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