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Running unlicensed hardware puts your business at risk

The Cisco software that runs on Cisco hardware is not transferable unless specifically allowed under the Cisco Software License Transfer and Re-Use Policy. If you purchase used Cisco equipment, you must acquire a new license from Cisco before the device can legally be used.

The Cisco Software License Transfer Policy does not apply to used cisco equipment that originates from and transfers to Europe, but this exception only applies to transfers between two Cisco End Users.

Transfers within Europe (consisting of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein):

An end user located in Europe can transfer Software to another end user located in Europe ("Transferee") without payment of a new license fee, as long as the Software:

  • Was originally introduced into Europe by Cisco or Cisco authorized reseller and has not been modified;
  • Is used solely for Transferee's internal business purposes; and
  • Was originally licensed to the Transferor by Cisco on a perpetual basis and is subject to a valid licence agreement

The lack of a license has never prevented the use of used equipment - that is changing

Cisco have introduced Smart Licensing and once activated for your device the absence of a valid license will cause it to stop working - Cisco call this "Out of Compliance" enforcement.

Cisco Refurbished Equipment

Cisco do not authorize or endorse any third party to refurbish Cisco Equipment, but they do offer refurbished equipment themselves. This equipment is covered by warranty, comes complete with a valid license and is fully eligible for Cisco Support.