7 Steps to Router Heaven

1. Name your router:

 router> enable // (ena) enable the router
 router# configure terminal // (config t) go into configuration mode
 router(config)# hostname B1 // assign hostname to router
 B1(config)# no hostname // remove hostname from router

2. Enable passwords:

 // Enable password for Console 0
 B1(config-line)# line con 0 // tell it you're configuring console 0
 B1(config-line)# password cisco // assign the password to console 0
 B1(config-line)# login // set password
 B1(config-line)# no logging synchronous // (no logging sync) Do not log error messages

 // Enable password for Telnet (sessions 0 through 5)
 B1(config-line)# line vty 0 5 // 0 5 == virtual terminals 0 through 5
 B1(config-line)# password cisco // assign password to vty 0-5
 B1(config-line)# login // set password
 B1(config-line)# exit // get out of password set

 B1(config)# enable password cisco // enables normal login password
 B1(config)# enable secret cisco // enables encrypted password (never other passwords!)

3. Configure Network Interfaces

 B1(config)# interface s0/0 // (int s0/0) configure interface serial fa0/0
 B1(config-if)# ip address // (ip add) give IP address
 B1(config-if)# no shutdown // (no shut) turn on the interface
 B1(config-if)# clock rate 500000 // set clock rate for DCE interface

4. Description of Interfaces

 B1(config-if)# description fa0/0 Lan Building 1 Connection // describe interface fa0/0
 B1(config-if)# exit // exit the config-if and back to config

5. Message of the Day

 B1(config)# banner motd #Unlawful Use of this Router will get you TERMINATED!!!!!# // warns you that you're trying to login
 B1(config)# banner login #You are logged into this router now!# // tells you that you're logged in

6. Turn on/off services/daemons

 B1(config)# no ip domain-lookup // turn off domain lookup service (DNS)
 B1(config)# ip host B1 // add routes to the host table
 B1(config)# exit

7. Test the router from another router!!!

 B2# ping B1 // ping the router
 B2# telnet // telnet into the router

Other useful tips:

 B1# ? // gives you list of available commands
 B1# banner ? // gives you list of commands to use with banner

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