Configuring a Cisco wireless router may not be a problematic process if you have a bit of technical knowledge and computer experience. The smaller routers include the GUI setup programs. In this tutorial, you will be able to know that how to configure Cisco routers using the terminal window. Windows 7 or Vista users can use the open-source Putty or Tera Term; Windows XP users can use HyperTerminal, and Linux users can use Minicom. To configure a wireless Cisco router successfully, take a look at these steps:
- Make sure what kind of network, VPN or WAN you want to set up. Collect IP addresses, subnet mask, the network protocol, and the gateway address that may be required for correct router setup, and note the information down.
- Connect your Cisco router and the PC altogether using the cable. Start your computer.
- Go to the Start | Programs | Accessories | Communications | Hyperterminal and navigate it if you’re using Windows XP. For other operating systems, navigate to the correct Hyperterminal emulation program.
- Make a new connection by specifying it Cisco and usage the default Com 1 Port and set the baud rate to 9600. This is done by filling out the right fields that display.
- Click the ‘OK’ button. In the router console window, when you power on the router, boot up screen will be displayed. It’s a setup mode that can be used to configure your router or proceed to the router configuration with a terminal window.
- Type n and then press the ‘Enter’ button to use the terminal window interface. Now you will see a window with router listed. This is user modem that will not let you make any changes. If you have assigned a router name earlier, it will be displayed.
- Input the enable and click ‘Enter.’ Now, you will see router#, which means that you’re in privileged mode, yet, you can see info in this mode. You can’t change the router working, or the information exists here.
- Enter the ‘configure terminal’ and then press the ‘Enter’ button. It will show you the router (config) # screen. It is a Global Configuration mode that you can use to change the information the router works with.
- Input ‘?’ (Without quotes) at the prompt and a command, the list will be displayed. Type the command name and a description of appearing it. The first command entered should appear ‘?’, it will show a list of commands, including ARP and IP protocols.
- Now, you need to enter commands at the point of configuring different interface aspects between the router and its modules.
It is beyond the possibility to discover all possible network settings and their configurations. Ctrl + Z will allow and save all changes of settings you have made and also will go to privileged mode. If you don’t click Ctrl + Z, your changes will not be saved. However, if you have any queries or problems regarding the Cisco router configuration, you can contact the experts at the Cisco router tech support phone number and seek the further assistance.