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Router CLI and Difference with the Switch CLI

Router CLI and Difference with the Switch CLI

The CLI has different command modes, with specific commands available in each mode. The different command modes are:

  • User exec mode - Only a few commands are available in this mode. Commands like "ping", a few of the "show" commands
  • Privileged exec mode - All of the User exec commands plus all of the "show" and "debug" commands
  • Global config mode - Access to all of configuration commands and addition configuration modes
  • Specific sub configuration modes - interface configuration mode, router configuration mode, etc.

Router#configure terminal
Router#show running-config
Router#show startup-config
Router#show version
Router#show flash
Router#copy running-config startup config

Video Tutorials


Some CLI basics



Configure console and VTY ports for administrative access



Configure enable password, enable secret, service password-encryption, and banner motd



Backup a configuration file and IOS bin file to a TFTP server




Restore a configuration file from a TFTP Server




Restore a startup-config file from text file



Basic switch configurations including an interface VLAN1 IP address for telnet access