Need OS for Cisco 2948

Posted on 2012-08-27
Last Modified: 2012-08-31
 I am trying to setup a lab so as to study for CCNA and would like to use some fall out equipment.  Currently I have a 2948G switch and need an IOS file for it.  The IOS was lost on this device due to a power outage during an upgrade.  Yes ... I did learn a lesson (someone elses mistake) about making a backup of the OS before doing the upgrade, but that doesn't help now.

Also, I understand that Cisco gaurds the OS files and pretty much why - however, personallly i beleive that once a product is end of life ..... anyway.

The switch is a WS-C2948G with bootrom version 6.1(4) built in 2001
Installed Mem: 64Mb

Any help in finding an OS do i dont have to invest vast amount of funds would be appreciated.  Plenty of files on the net but all come back wrong platform.
Question by:MPonto
    LVL 21

    Expert Comment

    The only official method is to have a logon ID for Cisco's website and a registered serial number for your siwtch associated with your account.  Like any other file, there are, of course, sources out there that we can't name on this forum.
    LVL 35

    Expert Comment

    by:Ernie Beek
    As said, we can't point you directly to a source. Google however.........

    LVL 10

    Accepted Solution

    These switches run CatOS, but I believe you can run IOS 12.0.
    The latest version is cat4000-k8.8-4-11-GLX.bin
    LVL 95

    Expert Comment

    by:Lee W, MVP
    You may philosophically disagree with how Cisco does things and that's fine.  But at the end of the day, that's how Cisco does things.  If you want an exception, contact them.  I doubt they'd do it, but it's either that, pay as you need to, or violate licensing - which we cannot help you do.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

    Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

    The use of stolen credentials is a hot commodity this year allowing threat actors to move laterally within the network in order to avoid breach detection.
    PRTG Network Monitor lets you monitor your bandwidth usage, so you know who is using up your bandwidth, and what they're using it for.
    Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.
    Here's a very brief overview of the methods PRTG Network Monitor ( offers for monitoring bandwidth, to help you decide which methods you´d like to investigate in more detail.  The methods are covered in more detail in o…

    759 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    11 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now