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Bootstrap Clarification

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Feb 5th, 2003
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Does the bootstrap IOS provide basic IP configurations or is this what is used for the "options" available when a router is in ROMMON?


Every router I have tested by changing "confreg 0x2101" always goes into rommon mode (it's supposed to load the bootstrap). Router models include, 1721, 3620, 3640, 3662, 2610. Any comments?

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lgijssel Wed, 02/05/2003 - 12:11
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The bootstrap only provides functionality to load an IOS-image in the box.

You cannot use the system when in boot-mode. There is no routing functionality and it behaves more or less like an IP host with limited capabilities.

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