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Cisco IOS updates -- a general question

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Sorry for having to ask this here but Cisco's convoluted web site is proving less than helpful.

My question is, if you DON'T have SmartNet on your equipment, is there a way to get IOS updates?  I'm assuming if you don't have coverage for say, a 3750G switch, and you logon to your Cisco site, you're not going to be able to download the software.  Is there a way to pay separately just for IOS upgrades?  And note, I'm not talking about upgrading to different feature-sets.  I'm just talking abou x.x updates to the current software you're running.  Can you simply buy the software on the side, and is it cost-effective?  And how is it licensed?

Any insight would be appreciated, thanks.
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You contact a Cisco Partner and purchase Smart net for the product.

The other way you pay for it is to get your CCIE.
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Thanks, but I'm asking for a way without covering each piece of equipment with Smartnet.  Is your answer meaning that there is no external way of getting IOS updates without Smartnet coverage?
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The only other way I know is mostly on new things purchased. I believe within 90 days you can get software updates within that time period. If the company isn't a partner and they didn't submit the serial number you might want to call Cisco and see if they can give you a temp login.

Other way is having friends that have the access to download it. Not sure how legal it is but sometimes you can call a Cisco Partner you do a lot of business with and they can get you the update your looking for.

The 3rd way is illegal im sure but it involves google and filename.
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Contact a Cisco Reseller. They can sell you an individual IOS update without a smartnet contract.
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I agree. Any Cisco-reseller can sell an upgrade. They exist in Ciscos GPL (global price list).

Best regards
Kvistofta
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Awesome, thanks everyone.
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