Understanding of Router Prompts

Understanding of Router Prompts

There are three modes of a router:

  • User Mode
  • Privilege Mode
  • Config Mode

All these above are explained below.

  • User Mode

User mode of the router is used to identify the user access to the router. It does the user verification (e.g, Administrator, System Monitor, etc.). These are configured in the routers with the privilege level. The user mode is shown as below:

Router router>   (this prompt is called the router User Mode)

  • Privilege Mode

In Privilege Mode, the user who is accessing the router can access all the configurations of the router according to their privilege level rights.

The privilege mode is shown as below:

Router #   (This is privilege mode of router, from which the user can access the router configuration.)

  • Config Mode

From the config mode, the user can configure the router according to their privilege level rights.

Travelling from User Mode to Config Mode:

We have just discussed how to enter the router prompt and the modes of routers.  Now we will discuss how to get into router privilege mode and config mode from user mode.

Router>                           (this is router user mode)

Router>enable          (write enable to enable privilege mode and hit enter)

Router #       (we have entered router privilege mode)

Router #?            (by enter ? and hit enter you will see the list of commands)


From this list of commands, you can enter any of the commands you need. We have to enter Config Mode, writing the configure command as shown in the above image.

 Router# configure terminal

 Router(Config)#   (Finally we are in Config Mode of the router, from which we can configure the router)

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