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Upgrade the Firmware on the Cisco IP Phone 7800 and 8800 Multiplatform Series through the Web Browser Command

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Introduction

A firmware is the program coded into the device to make it perform according to its capabilities. Just like software updates on a computer, firmware updates are typically improvements that the manufacturer has made to the code to fix product deficiencies, or roll out new features.

Keeping the firmware of your device updated generally keeps it at its best working condition.

There are two methods on how to upgrade the firmware of your Cisco 7800 and 8800 Series Multiplatform IP Phone:

  • Through the web browser command — This method allows you to upgrade the firmware directly by entering the upgrade command in a web browser Address bar.
  • Through the Upgrade Rule — This method allows you to upgrade the firmware using the web-based utility of your IP Phone. To learn how, click here for instructions.

Objective

This article aims to show you how to perform a firmware update on your Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series and Cisco IP Phone 8800 Series through the web browser command.

Applicable Devices

  • IP Phone 7800 Series
  • IP Phone 8800 Series

Software Version

  • 11.0.1

Upgrade the Firmware

Determine the Model and Version

Step 1. On your Cisco IP Phone, press the Applications button.

Step 2. Using the Navigation cluster button, navigate to Status and press the Select softkey.

Step 3. Choose Product information and press the Select softkey.

Step 4. Take note of the Product name. This is the model number of your phone.

Note: In this example, the Product name is CP-8861-3PCC.

Step 5. Using the Navigation cluster button, navigate to Hardware version. Take note of the version of the hardware before the firmware upgrade is performed.

Note: In this example, the Hardware version is V01.

You now have determined the model and version of your Cisco IP Phone 7800 Multiplatform Series or Cisco IP Phone 8800 Multiplatform Series.

Download the Latest Firmware

Step 1. On your computer, go to the Downloads page of the Cisco website.

Step 2. Choose Products > Collaboration Endpoints > IP Phones > IP Phone 8800 Series or IP Phone 7800 Series.

Step 3. Choose the exact model of your device. In this example, IP Phone 8861 is chosen.

Step 4. Click the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Software link as the Software Type.

Step 5. Choose the software that you need to download for your product. In this example, 8811/8841/8851/8861 SIP IP Phone Firmware for 3rd Party Call Control cp-88xx-sip.11-0-1MPP-477.zip will be downloaded.

IMPORTANT: For Small Business Multiplatform Phone (MPP) Series, make sure that you choose the software version with the MPP label on it. In this example, it will be the 11.0(1) MPP version.

Step 6. Click Download.

Step 7. Click to read the Cisco End User License Agreement link and then click Accept License Agreement.

Step 8. Extract the downloaded file.

Note: Take note of the location where the file is extracted.

Upgrade the Firmware

Step 1. On your IP Phone, determine its IP address by pressing the Applications button.

Step 2. Using the Navigation cluster button, navigate to Status and press the Select softkey.

Step 3. Navigate to Network status and press the Select softkey.

Step 4. Look for the IP address and take note of it. In this example, the IP address is 192.168.2.139.

Step 5. On your computer, launch a browser and enter the following format in the Address bar: http://<phone_ip>/admin/upgrade?<schema>://<serv_ip[:port]>/filename then press the Enter key.

Note: In this example, the file has been saved in a tftp server with the IP address 192.168.2.147. Thus, http://192.168.2.139/admin/upgrade?tftp://192.168.2.147/sip88xx.11-0-1MPP-477.loads is entered in the address bar.

IMPORTANT: Make sure that your IP Phone and the computer you are using are both connected to the same network.

Step 6. Wait for the phone to finish upgrading.

Note: The phone may restart a couple of times while the firmware is upgrading. Do not power down the phone while the firmware upgrade process is in progress.

Verify the Firmware Version

Step 1. Press the Applications button.

Step 2. Using the Navigation cluster button, navigate to Status and press the Select softkey.

Step 3. Using the Navigation cluster button, navigate to Product information and press the Select softkey.

Step 4. Check the Software version area and verify that the software you downloaded is now on the phone.

You now have successfully upgraded the firmware on your Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series or Cisco IP Phone 8800 Series Multiplatform phone.