Do I need a new IOS Image for a voice router?

astrogeekastrogeek Member Posts: 251 ■■■□□□□□□□
I have two routers I'm trying to setup in a small voice lab so I can create some call legs between them, but one of them doesn't have any voice commands on it. Below are the routers I have:

2611XM - Running IOS: c2600-adventerprisek9-mz.124-15.T14.bin
48MB Flash / 256MB RAM

2621XM - Running IOS: c2600-advsecurityk9-mz.124-19b.bin
32MB Flash / 96MB RAM

The 2611XM was bought off of ebay as a voice router and works just fine, it came with the expansion module (NM-2V). For the 2621XM I picked up a (NM-HD-2V) from ebay. Both (NM-2V) and (NM-HD-2V) cards work fine in the 2611XM, but neither are recognized in the 2621XM.

Do I need to upgrade the IOS Image on the 2621XM for it to recognize either of these cards? There are no voice commands available on this router so I'm assuming I do, but I want to double check with you guys before I start buying more stuff off of ebay :). The current image on the 2611XM won't fit on the 2621XM, so I'm assuming I will also have to upgrade the flash from 32MB to 48MB as well. Anything else I'll need to turn this 2621XM into a voice router?


  • azaghulazaghul Member Posts: 569 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Yeah, you'll need to change the IOS to get voice features.

    I usually tend to go with adventerprisek9 image on all my routers, one size fits all tracks then. icon_lol.gif
  • wintermute000wintermute000 Banned Posts: 172
    Seriously for the voice track you want at least 28XX class otherwise you're missing out on a lot of features and a reasonably current IOS.

    It is more $$$ but its not that much in the greater scheme of things, reckon you could fit out a 2801 with an E1/T1 WIC and DSPs for around 6-700 USD, you only need two (its not R&S LOL and you could re-use the hardware for any Cisco track lab) its the virt that kills you (Pub, Sub, CUPS, unity, preferably LDAP/AD), then POE switch and reasonably current phones (7942s though 7940s will prob get you through the exams up to CCNP-V at least). The voice track is defo the most $$$ to lab as you cannot '****' with GNS or IOUs
  • astrogeekastrogeek Member Posts: 251 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I know it's old junk, but its cheap :D

    Right now I'm just trying to get through the basics, I'm not really focused on certification but when I do plan for that I'm going to upgrade. I have a few 3550's, one with power, and 5 7940/60 phones. I also have a Dell PowerEdge 2850 that might be useful for CCNP Voice level, although I worry it might not have enough processing power.

    Anyway I found an IOS that fit in my 2821's 32MB of flash, and looks like I'm now good to go with two voice routers icon_cool.gif
  • SteveO86SteveO86 Member Posts: 1,423
    If it helps you can use any old flash card in your Cisco router, since that 32 MB might not be cutting it for too long.
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  • wintermute000wintermute000 Banned Posts: 172
    Yah you may be find for (old versions of) CUBE/h323/gatekeeper/MGCP but if you want to practice CCME or use a current IOS you are defo going to need a lot more space.

    Remember Cisco voice only really gained maturity on the latter versions of 12.4T (around where callmanager v4 came out) so you may be hamstringing yourself if your IOS is too old (and wondering why the commands in the book don't work lol). I remember actually having the glory of 'discovering' bugs with TAC whereas I've never ever hit a bug in R&S that wasn't already existing/known.
  • jdballingerjdballinger Member Posts: 252
    Wintermute, you can find 2801's for waaaay cheaper. Usually cheaper than 1841's (don't ask me why...)

    Used 1 Cisco 2801 ISR Router 115712K 15360K Memory 64MB Flash Great for CCNA | eBay

    That's just one example. I got three of them from a guy a few weeks ago for $80 each. Weird.
  • SteveO86SteveO86 Member Posts: 1,423
    2801's have a different hardware architecture then he rest of the 2800 series routes. Which explains why there are IOS's specifically for the 2801 and the rest of the 2800 series routers have use the same IOS (.bin file) cross platform (2811, 2821, 2851)

    Notice the absence of the NM Slot, it only has 4x WIC slots.
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  • wintermute000wintermute000 Banned Posts: 172
    OK thats a great deal. I can't find similar ones in Aust, cheapest when I looked last was around 350, whereas 1841s were going for 250.

    I still would prefer an 1841 for R&S lab purposes - smaller, quieter, can still run 15.1M AES, MPLS-VPN, MP-BGP. Once I'm done with CCNP-V I have zero intention of going further down the voice track :P
  • jdballingerjdballinger Member Posts: 252
    1841s are useless for voice, that's my only gripe with them. Other than that they are fantastic for lab work, I've got 2 that I picked up cheap on eBay as well.

    As far as the 2801 missing an NM slot, it isn't necessary for voice work at all unless you want to shell out the cash for an NM-CUE or something. For voice studies, it's hard to beat the 2801 for the price and capability.
  • wintermute000wintermute000 Banned Posts: 172
    Yeah spending the $$$ for a NM-CUE just to study voice friggin mail (spits). and mickey mouse branch voicemail at that. I can't see the value unless you're going for CCIE-V and hence need to cover all bases.

    I've never seen a CUCM deployment go to the extra length of deploying NM-CUEs just so SRST also has voicemail. Only ever seen them in CCME deployments = simple config.
  • shodownshodown Member Posts: 2,271
    I've prob done about 20 of those for SRST. I don't do them as much anymore, as DMVPN and other forms of backup links have come on line, but They use to be pretty common for places who had little tolerance for downtime, but didn't want to spend money on multiple clusters. Most of the time those were sites outside the US where it would take 3-4 days to get a circuit backup when they went down.
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