Cisco Access Router USB Flash Memory Module and USB eToken Hardware Installation Guide
This document describes how to connect the Cisco universal serial bus (USB) flash memory modules and the Aladdin Knowledge Systems USB eToken Pro keys to the Cisco router USB ports, and how to troubleshoot issues with the USB modules. This document contains the following sections:
•Cisco 90-Day Limited Hardware Warranty Terms, page 2
•Connecting a USB Module to the Router USB Port
•Cisco Product Security Overview
•Obtaining Technical Assistance
•Obtaining Additional Publications and Information
Cisco 90-Day Limited Hardware Warranty Terms
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1. Launch your browser, and go to this URL:
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You can also contact the Cisco service and support website for assistance:
Duration of Hardware Warranty
Ninety (90) days.
Replacement, Repair, or Refund Policy for Hardware
Cisco or its service center will use commercially reasonable efforts to ship a replacement part within ten (10) working days after receipt of a Return Materials Authorization (RMA) request. Actual delivery times can vary, depending on the customer location.
Cisco reserves the right to refund the purchase price as its exclusive warranty remedy.
To Receive a Return Materials Authorization (RMA) Number
Contact the company from whom you purchased the product. If you purchased the product directly from Cisco, contact your Cisco Sales and Service Representative.
Complete the information below, and keep it for reference:
Company product purchased from
Company telephone number
Product model number
Product serial number
Maintenance contract number
Some Cisco access router models have USB ports that can be used with Cisco USB flash memory modules or with the Aladdin USB eToken Pro key. These USB modules can be used with a supported Cisco access router for the following functions:
•The Aladdin Knowledge Systems USB eToken Pro key provides a secure means of storing and deploying information, such as a bootstrap configuration or VPN credentials, apart from the router chassis. The USB eToken uses smart card technology to protect a small area of memory. The USB eToken grants access using a personal identification number (PIN). When IP Security (IPSec) VPN credentials are stored on the USB eToken, they are outside the router. When the USB eToken is inserted in a USB port, and when the user enters the PIN and unlocks the USB eToken, the user retrieves the credentials and copies them into running memory. When the USB eToken is removed, the router erases the credentials from running memory, ensuring that they cannot be retrieved from the router itself.
Note For more information about the eToken Pro key by Aladdin Knowledge Systems, see the Aladdin website.
•The Cisco USB flash memory module can be used to store an image or configuration file. Unlike the USB eToken, the Cisco USB flash memory module is nonsecure; but, is available in 64-MB, 128-MB, and 256-MB capacities.
Note The following routers support booting directly from a USB device: Cisco 1841, 2801, 2811, 2821, 2851, 3825, and 3845 routers.
•Touchless or low-touch provisioning—Combined with either the Cisco CNS 2100 Series Intelligence Engine or a Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) server, the USB ports can support a touchless or low-touch provisioning application. Both USB module options can store a bootstrap configuration: in a nonsecure memory area in the Cisco modules, and as a secure solution using the Aladdin USB eToken. The stored bootstrap configuration allows the router to boot and establish baseline connectivity. Once a connection is established, the router may contact an intelligence engine or TFTP server to download its full configuration or a new Cisco IOS software image. This capability eliminates the requirement to send a skilled technician to the customer premises for each installation.
Note For detailed information about these features, configuring the router to support these features, and the Cisco IOS commands that support USB modules, see the Cisco IOS USB Flash Module and USB eToken Support document. For more information about supported router platforms, see the documents listed in the "Related Documentation" section.
Connecting a USB Module to the Router USB Port
To connect a Cisco USB flash memory module or the Aladdin USB eToken to a router USB port, simply insert the module into the port as shown in Figure 1. The module can be inserted in only one way, and it can be inserted or removed whether the router is powered up or not.
Do not remove a USB flash memory module when a read or write operation to the USB flash memory module is in progress. The router might reload, or the USB flash memory module card can be damaged.
Note Cisco routers support only Cisco USB flash memory modules and the Aladdin USB eToken Pro key.
Figure 1 Connecting a USB Module to a Router USB Port
Using a USB Extension Cable
Some Cisco access router models have USB ports on the front side of the router; other models have USB ports on the back side of the router. Depending on your router model and the direction in which it is mounted on a rack, you may need a USB extension cable to provide easy access to the USB ports. In addition, some routers have two USB ports. In order to use two USB modules on a router with two USB ports, USB extension cables are required, because the USB ports are too close together to accommodate two modules side-by-side.
Note USB hubs are not supported on Cisco Access routers.
To connect a USB extension cable, plug the male end of the USB extension cable into the USB port on the router, and route the female end of the USB extension cable to a convenient place on the rack to make access to the USB ports easy.
Figure 2 shows an example of how to connect the USB extension cable to a router.
Some USB extension cables have exposed metal parts when the USB flash memory module is plugged into them. This can cause the USB flash memory module and the router to which it is connected to be vulnerable to electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage. If you are using a USB extension cable, be sure to use an appropriate cable and to take precautions to avoid ESD damage. For more information about avoiding ESD damage, see the hardware installation document for your router. For more information about USB extension cables, see the
Cisco Access Router USB Flash Module and USB eToken Hardware Installation Guide at the following URL:
Figure 2 Connecting a USB Extension Cable
USB extension cable connection to router USB port
USB extension cable connection to USB flash memory module or USB eToken
USB flash memory module or USB eToken
Use this document with the following guides:
•Cisco IOS USB Flash Module and USB eToken Support
•Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers (Modular) Hardware Installation documents
•Cisco 2800 Series Hardware Installation documents
•Cisco 3800 Series Hardware Installation documents
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Reporting Security Problems in Cisco Products
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Obtaining Technical Assistance
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Submitting a Service Request
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Severity 4 (S4)—You require information or assistance with Cisco product capabilities, installation, or configuration. There is little or no effect on your business operations.
Obtaining Additional Publications and Information
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This document is to be used in conjunction with the documents listed in the "Related Documentation" section.
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