Cisco 800 Series Licensing Options

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As we know the Cisco 800 Series routers have been announced end of life and end of sale, but some of Cisco 800 models are still popular in the market, e.g. the Cisco 881/K9. As a secure, flexible, easy-to-manage router, Cisco 880 Series Integrated Services Routers provide collaborative business solutions for secure data communication to small branch offices, small businesses, and enterprise teleworkers.

About Cisco IOS Software Licenses for Cisco 800 Series

The Cisco 890, 860, and 880 Series Routers support universal images with various feature sets such as the Cisco IOS Software Advanced Security and Advanced IP Services feature sets. A universal image includes all features supported by a given platform. The Cisco Software Activation feature on these platforms authorizes and enables the use of a Cisco software feature or feature sets. A special file contained in the device, called a license file, is examined by Cisco software when the device is powered on. Based on the license file installed, Cisco software enables the appropriate feature set(s). You can change or upgrade license files to enable a different feature set. Please refer to Table 1 for the availability of software feature sets based on platform model.

All Cisco 890, 880, and 860 platforms support universal images and Cisco Software Activation. It is important that you identify your feature requirements and the appropriate license level needed to support the features. For features supported by each feature set, please refer to the Cisco 890, 880, and 860 Series data sheets. For more information about Cisco Software Activation specific to the Cisco 800 Series, please refer to the Software Activation Q&A for these platforms at:


Cisco IOS Content Filtering License

The Cisco 890 and 880 Series Integrated Service Routers also support the new Cisco IOS Software Content Filtering feature. Cisco IOS Content Filtering is a web security solution that can help your organization protect against known and new Internet threats, improve employee productivity, and enforce business policies for regulatory compliance.

Deployed on Cisco integrated services routers, Cisco IOS Content Filtering offers category-based productivity and security ratings. Content-aware security ratings protect against malware, malicious code, phishing attacks, and spyware. URL and keyword blocking help to ensure that employees are productive when accessing the Internet. This subscription-based hosted solution uses Trend Micro’s global TrendLabs threat database to best advantage, and is closely integrated with Cisco IOS Software. You must purchase the yearly subscription before you use this feature.

Please refer to the Cisco IOS Content Filtering website at for more information.


Cisco IOS SSL VPN License

Cisco IOS SSL VPN is the first router-based solution offering Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN remote-access connectivity integrated with industry-leading security and routing features on a converged data, voice, and wireless platform. SSL VPN offers mobile workers a flexible, secure VPN alternative whereby the security is transparent to you and easy for IT to administer.

With Cisco IOS SSL VPN, you gain access securely from home or any Internet-enabled location such as wireless hotspots. Cisco IOS SSL VPN also can enable your company to extend corporate network access to offshore partners and consultants while keeping corporate data protected.

All Cisco IOS SSL VPN features are included in a single, cost-effective license that is purchased separately. There is no software key to enable the feature. You can purchase the 25- or 10-user SSL VPN Feature License for the Cisco 890 and 880 Series directly from the configuration tool. For more details, please visit:



Cisco IOS Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is an inline, deep-packet inspection-based solution that enables Cisco IOS Software to effectively mitigate a wide range of network attacks. While it is common practice to defend against attacks by inspecting traffic at data centers and corporate headquarters, distributing the network level defense to stop malicious traffic close to its entry point at branch or telecommuter offices is also critical.

As an integral part of the Cisco Self-Defending Network, Cisco Services for IPS protects and enhances the effectiveness of the Cisco Intrusion Prevention System. It provides frequent threat protection updates and Cisco SMARTnet support in one comprehensive service offering. Supported by the Cisco Global Security Intelligence organization, Cisco Services for IPS delivers continuously updated, comprehensive, and accurate detection technology to identify and block fast-moving and emerging threats before they damage your computing assets.

Cisco IOS IPS is supported on the Cisco 890 and 880 Series Integrated Service Routers with the Advanced IP Services Feature license. However, Cisco Services for IPS is available as a separate Technical Service product. For more information, please visit the Cisco Services for IPS website.


Cisco 800 Series Licensing Availability

Table1 shows the availability of licensing options for the Cisco 860 and 880 Series Integrated Services Routers.

Table1. Cisco 890, 880, and 860 Series Software Licensing Options

    Cisco 860
Cisco 880 Cisco 890
      Cisco 880 Data


Cisco 880G (3G part numbers)


Cisco 880 SRST


Cisco 890


Cisco IOS Software Advanced Security feature set Default Default
Advanced IP Services feature set upgrade part number SL-880-AIS Default Default Default
Cisco IOS Content Filtering Software part number SL-CNFIL-88x-1Y










  1. • SL-880-AIS: Upgrade from Advanced Security to Advanced IP Services for Cisco 880 Data part numbers. We mail you the Product Authorization Key (PAK).
  2. • SL-CNFIL-88x-1Y: One-year Cisco IOS Content Filtering subscription for Cisco 880 Routers
  3. • SL-CNFIL-89x-1Y: One-year Cisco IOS Content Filtering subscription for Cisco 890 Routers
  4. • SL-CNFIL-8xx-TRI: Thirty-day free trial license for Cisco 800 Series
  5. • FL-WEBVPN-10-K9: Feature License SSL VPN for up to 10 users
  6. • FL-WEBVPN-25-K9: Feature License SSL VPN for up to 25 users

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