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Cisco Feature Navigator Help
The Cisco Feature Navigator is a web-based application that allows users to locate IOS, IOS-XE, IOS-XR, NX-OS and CatOS software release and feature data by Release, Platform and Feature Set/Supervisor(NX-OS specific).
The major ways to view Release and Feature data are:
  • Search by Feature: Enter a full or partial Cisco IOS/XE/XR/NX-OS or CatOS feature name and use filter option to list the filtered feature names.
  • Search by Release/Platform: Select a Software, Major Release, Maintenance Release, Platform and Feature Set/Supervisor(NX-OS specific) and you will be presented with the features within that particular image.
  • Search by Image /Product code: Enter the complete image name or product and you will be presented with the features within that particular image/product.
  • Compare & Release Notes links: You can to compare two images side by side and the tool will list the features that are unique to each other as well common to both. Also, you can click on the Release Notes link to directly visit the release index page to view various documentation including Caveats and platform specific pages.
Cisco Feature Navigator Known Issues click here.
Frequently Asked Questions:
General Cisco Feature Navigator Questions
About Cisco Feature Navigator Content and Functionality
About Cisco Feature Navigator Customer Support
About Cisco Feature Navigator "Feedback"
General Questions
What is Cisco Feature Navigator?
Cisco Feature Navigator is a web-based application that enables you to quickly match Cisco IOS, IOS-XE, IOS-XR, NX-OS and CatOS Software releases to features

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Who can use Cisco Feature Navigator?
Cisco Feature Navigator is available to all Cisco.com users, both registered and non-registered guests.

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What are the system requirements for using Feature Navigator?
You need to use a JavaScript-enabled web browser such as firefox, chrome ,Internet Explorer 8.0 or newer. (Please note that Internet Explorer 7.0 or below is not supported due to its limited support of JavaScript.)

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How do I access Cisco Feature Navigator?
You can access Cisco Feature Navigator At http://tools.cisco.com/ITDIT/CFN/ OR www.cisco.com/go/cfn

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Is Cisco Feature Navigator available worldwide?
Yes.

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Is there a cost to use Cisco Feature Navigator?
No. The application is available free of charge to all users of Cisco.com, both registered and non-registered guests.

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What are the benefits of using Cisco Feature Navigator?
Cisco Feature Navigator enables Cisco staff, partners, and customers to rapidly innovate and operate networks efficiently.  A task that previously might have taken hours now could take minutes.

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What is MIB Locator?
The MIB Locator provides a searching utility to allow customers to search for configuration information known as Management Information Bases(MIBs)

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About Cisco Feature Navigator Content and Functionality

Which Cisco Software releases does Cisco Feature Navigator support?
Cisco Feature Navigator now supports all major Cisco IOS, IOS-XE, IOS-XR, NX-OS and CatOS releases.

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How do I view the complete list of Software/Products supported by Cisco Feature Navigator for a given feature?
On the Cisco Feature Navigator Home Page select: Research Features
Filter which feature/s information you are looking for and add them to Selected Features and press Continue button.
If you need the Software information select Train-Release (which is default selection) under Release/Platform Tree and Software Type for all the Major release to be listed and select the required Major Release to provide the subsequent release number. Once selected the correct release number will provide the platforms, Feature Set/License OR Supervisor(NX-OS specific) and other details, which supports the selected feature.
If you need the Platform information select Platform under Release/Platform Tree and Software Type to list the entire platform supported for the selected Software Type. Choose a Platform to provide you the information like Release numbers, Feature Set/License OR Supervisor(NX-OS specific) and other details, which supports the selected feature.


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Why do some features that are in a Cisco IOS or CatOS Software release not show up in the Cisco Feature Navigator?
Some features might technically be available in an image, but for various business reasons like insufficient testing they are not being marketed in this release.

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How do I download a software release from Cisco Feature Navigator?
For IOS Software, you need a Service contract to download the software. Follow either link to the Software Center from the Cisco Feature Navigator application home page or the results page.
CatOS Software download is not available through Cisco at the moment.

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How do I find information about a particular Software feature in CFN?
Filter on the Feature on which you need information about and click on View Desc Button for a summary information of the feature and click on the link if any to access the complete information about the feature.

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How do I find information on hardware compatibility?
Hardware information is located at Software Advisor


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Do some software features require particular hardware?
Some features do require specific hardware to be installed in the platform. For example, to support Voice features on the 1700 would require using the 1750 model with Voice Interface Card(s) installed.  Please consult specific product information for further details.

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When is a Cisco IOS or CatOS Software feature license required?
In some cases, additional value-added functionality is provided in Cisco IOS or CatOS Software Images but not covered by the "base" Cisco IOS or CatOS Software License. The right to use these features is offered through a Feature License. For example, to use NetFlow Switching on a Cisco 7200 series platform, the WAN Packet Protocol/Netflow Feature License, FR-WPP72, is required.
Note: A feature license conveys the right to use a feature, but it cannot add a feature to a software release that does not support it. For example, purchasing a WAN Packet Protocols/NetFlow license will not upgrade the software to support NetFlow.


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What is a Package?
Package is an application which is available only in IOS XR and few of IOS XE softwares. This is another type of License(s) similar to Feature Set/License(s). You will be able to download a image which is available in a Package only if you purchase that package.

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What is the memory information displayed with the Image Info on the Cisco Feature Navigator results page?
This is the minimum amount of DRAM and Flash Memory recommended for the use with that particular image.

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Why is there no product code displayed for my Feature Set listing in Cisco Feature Navigator?
Most Feature Set listing results in CFN will include the Product Code; however some Cisco IOS images may be available as downloads from the Software Center, but may not be orderable through Cisco's ordering processes. In this case, no product code is assigned; older releases or rebuilds are examples where this could be the case.

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Do Cisco Feature Navigator descriptions match the product literature?
Cisco Feature Navigator descriptions and Cisco product documentation come from the same data source.

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What Cisco IOS Software releases will be added to Cisco Feature Navigator?
It is our intention to add all future Cisco IOS Software releases. In addition, we are currently working to add the other major Cisco Software releases.

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What future enhancements are planned for Cisco Feature Navigator?
Based on user feedback, we will continue to improve and offer more features in this application. We plan to include other lines of Cisco software releases, integrate other software and hardware tools and enhance its feature search capabilities. Also, look for our new Software comparison functionality, which will allow you to compare different software images side by side and see how the features differ.

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Are there any plans to improve the Cisco Feature Navigator search function?
Based on the Feedback and stakeholders approval we have improved the search function and look forward for your valuable feedback.
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About Cisco Feature Navigator Customer Support

Do I receive the same information from Cisco Feature Navigator as I would if I called my Cisco sales representative, Cisco Pre-Sales Helpline, or Cisco TAC?
Yes.  Cisco Feature Navigator gives you access to the same databases used by Cisco sales representatives, Pre-Sales Helpline, and TAC support engineers.   Therefore, the information you receive through this application is the same and as up to date as you would receive if you called someone at Cisco.

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If I still have questions after using Cisco Feature Navigator, will my customer representative still be available to help me?
Absolutely.  Cisco Feature Navigator is designed to enhance, but not to replace, your relationship with your Cisco representatives.

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About Feature Navigator Feedback

How long does it take to get a reply when I report a problem through the Cisco Feature Navigator Feedback mechanism?
You should get a reply within 1 working business day from your request.

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What does Cisco do with the information gathered from the Feedback form?
We use the information from the Feedback forms to enhance Cisco Feature Navigator, so that it will better meet your needs.  We also use it to fix issues found within the application for either data or program functions.

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Did you find the answers you were looking for? If not send an email to fea-nav-help@cisco.com

Link below provides more help on using the Feature Navigator Tool.
Feature Navigator How To

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