Cisco FastStep

Cisco FastStep is another free Windows-based utility that helps users configure, troubleshoot, and monitor selected Cisco routers. Aimed at the small office and home market, this wizard-based tool walks inexperienced users through the configuration of connections to an ISP and/or a corporate network. The product also allows more advanced features (such as DHCP or NAT) to be configured through the wizard interface, depending on the IOS version included with the router. Once configured, another utility called FastStep Monitor provides the ability to monitor router interfaces, and generate email alerts when something goes wrong.

FastStep is only provided for certain router models, including those in the 700, 800, and 1600 series, and the 2509 and 2511 models. The tool is included on a CD with those models, or can be downloaded from the Cisco website.

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