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A router to play around on

I have a 2501 router and would like to save the IOS and the configuration files.

I have a connection thur the console port from my com1 port. I have loaded tftp software on my PC but I not really sure where to go from there.

I have never setup a Lan before. I have an extra hub and that's all. I hate to ask such an easy question from experts but I need help. I'm trying to study for the CCNA and I don't won't to screw up something on the router and not be able to use it any more. Thats why I trying to save the IOS.

Any help would be appreciate it.

New Member

Re: A router to play around on

U can do the following.

Physical: Router Console port connect to PC COM port.

PC : Start ur tftp software.

HyperTerminal : Login to router, go enable mode, do "copy startup tftp".

There r some details steps, but that think u shd be able to figure out.

New Member

Re: A router to play around on

You need to set up a LAN connection between the two devices in addition to the cosole connection. You will send coomands to the router via the console and data via tftp.

Cisco 2501 has an AUI connector for the ethernet interface, so you need an AUI transceiver. You connect the AUI transceiver to the HUB and the HUB to the PC. Then you make sure the router and the PC are in the same network: for example you assign IP to the router and to the PC with netmask (to assign ip to router is


interface ethernet 0

ip address


then you check connectivity by pinging router from PC and viceversa and now you are ready to start copying config and IOS.

Good Luck


New Member

Re: A router to play around on

Thank you , Thank you, Thank you. That worked. I'm new to this stuff and it gets

frustrating at times when I can't figure it out. Thanks again.