had to ask this question already a couple of times but always get confronted with it again and again.
how do i know if a device(switch, router, firewall) needs a smartnet in order to legally download and update the ios.
cause some devices, e.g. switches with lan-base feature set dont need a smartnet as far as i know.
so is there some kind of tool or some kind of trick to check out if i need a smartnet or not?
IOS update usually requires a support contract unless it is a security fix only or a bug while under initial 90 day warranty. Most products don't enforce via license key but it's still a requirement of the terms and conditions
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In my opinion best way to check is to go to downloads page and try.
See this link, it may help. http://www.cisco.com/web/Downloads/SDS/Software_Downloads/FAQs.html#faq6
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