The Console password in a Cisco router is a password used to secure access to the router's console port. The console port is a physical interface on the router that allows direct local access to the router's command-line interface (CLI) for configuration and management.
By default, the console port has no password and anyone with physical access to the router can use it to gain access to the router's configuration and management features. To enhance security, you can set a Console password to restrict access to the console port.
To configure the Console password on a Cisco router, follow these steps:
Step 1: Access the router Connect to the router via console cable.
Step 2: Enter global configuration mode To enter global configuration mode, type the following command:
Step 3: Set the Console password To set the Console password, use the following command:
Router(config) Router(config-line) Router(config-line)
Replace PASSWORD with the password you want to set.
Step 4: Exit configuration mode To exit global configuration mode, type the following command:
Step 5: Save the configuration changes To save the configuration changes, type the following command:
Router# copy running-config startup-config
This command will save the running configuration to the startup configuration, which will ensure that the Console password is retained even after a reboot.
That's it! You have successfully configured the Console password on your Cisco router. Now, anyone trying to access the router through the console port will be prompted to enter the password you set in order to gain access.
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