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cisco 2501 - a blast from the past

I found a 2501 router with two serial interfaces and one eth (AUI). It has 4MB flash and 1024K of main memory. It's running IOS 10.2(6). I would like to use it for my CCNA labs. Any chance I could upgrade the IOS in it to something more reasonable?

Here's the output of "show version":

IOS (tm) 3000 Software (IGS-I-L), Version 10.2(6), RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc2)

Copyright (c) 1986-1995 by cisco Systems, Inc.

Compiled Tue 16-May-95 01:56 by rchiao

Image text-base: 0x0301A060, data-base: 0x00001000

ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 5.2(5), RELEASE SOFTWARE

ROM: 3000 Bootstrap Software (IGS-RXBOOT), Version 10.2(5), RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

Verona-2501 uptime is 23 minutes

System restarted by reload

System image file is "flash:igs-i-l.102-6", booted via flash

cisco 2500 (68030) processor (revision D) with 1020K/1024K bytes of memory.

Processor board serial number 01969902

X.25 software, Version 2.0, NET2, BFE and GOSIP compliant.

Authorized for Enterprise software set. (0x0)

1 Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 interface.

2 Serial network interfaces.

32K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.

4096K bytes of processor board System flash (Read ONLY)



Re: cisco 2501 - a blast from the past

You will need to upgrade both RAM and Flash. 12.0 requires 6 DRAM/8 Flash at a bare minimum. Check out ebay, you should find upgrades pretty cheap. I believe they max out at 16/16.


Re: cisco 2501 - a blast from the past


I also vaguely recall that you need to upgrade the bootroms to go to or above 11.0.1

They were a freebie from Cisco on a covered unit. We did some but don't have any extras.


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Re: cisco 2501 - a blast from the past

I vaguely remember that you needed the bootroms for y2k :-)

God forbid the network not have the right time on it :-)

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Re: cisco 2501 - a blast from the past

Thanks guys! I have two 2600's (2651 and 2610 to be precise) that I can use so I don't want to put any $$$ into the 2501.

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