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How can I access my Cisco router from the Internet?

I have a Cisco 805 series router with firewall installed. How can I access the router from the Internet? I have all the required information (login, password and IP address).

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By "accessing" your router, I must assume you're talking about access via telnet. In this case, you should ensure the firewall access lists permit incoming connections on port 23, which is used for telnet.

Once this step is done, you must enable telnet on the VTY interfaces by entering the following commands:

<enter secret password>
Router# config t
Router(config)# line vty 0 4
Router(config-line)# login local
Router(config-line)# password experanswer
Router(config-line)# exit
Router(config)# username admin password enterthisrouter
Router# copy run start
Once this is done, you'll be able to log into your router via the Internet using the telnet protocol. When connected, you'll be requested to provide a username and password. Here you'll enter the username "admin" with password "enterthisrouter" and that's it!

This was first published in March 2005

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