Loading IOS from a Switch or Router to your PC

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This article describes the procedure of loading IOS from a Router or a Switch to your PC using a RJ-45 ethernet cable.
You need a console connection and a TFTP-Server connection. Make sure the TFTP server is using the right IP address.
We recommend the Solarwinds TFTP Server. http://www.solarwinds.com/downloads/
Apart from Step 1 the procedure is the same for a switch and a router.
Pay attention connecting a Router with a cross over cable, when connecting directly to your PC.
When connecting a Swtich to your PC you need a straight through cable.
PC's of recent generations won't have a Problemn switching even when using a straight through cable with a router.

Step 1: assign an IP address to the switch or to the interface through which you are connecting to the router (eg:

Router#configure terminal
Router(config)#interface gigabitEthernet 0/1
Router(config-if)#ip address

Step 1a:make sure the interface is not shutdown:
Router#conf t
Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.
Router(config)#interface gigabitEthernet 0/1
Router(config-if)#no shut


Switch#configure terminal
Switch(config)#interface vlan 1
Switch(config-if)#ip address

Step 2: copy from flash to tftp:

Router#copy flash: tftp:
Source filename? c2800nm-advsecurityk9-mz.124-16.bin
Address or name of remote host []?
Destination filename [c2800nm-advsecurityk9-mz.124-16.bin]? hit enter
23006144 bytes copied in 45.444 secs (506253 bytes/sec)

you can also use following copy command (if .bin file is in a directory):
copy flash:/c2960-lanbase-mz.122-25.SEE3/c2960-lanbase-mz.122-25.SEE3.bin tftp:

you're done