Use RELOAD to fix Cisco router errors

Use RELOAD to fix Cisco router errors
Barrie Sosinsky

If your Cisco router configuration gets corrupted, or if you simply need to change the configuration remotely, use the RELOAD command to fix the problem. For example, if you are updating an access-list on the interface remotely and your Telnet connection drops out, it may be because the list entry that permits your incoming connection was lost.

If you know that you are going to do something dicey, then you can use the RELOAD command to have the router reboot in a certain number of minutes, and doing that can get you out of trouble.

You set the command MYRouter#reload in 5 to reboot the router in five minutes, and then complete your work. If your work is successful, then you can use the

MYRouter#reload in 5

command to end the reboot. But if you run into trouble, you know that in five minutes you can call back and connect once more.

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barries@killerapps.com)is president of consulting company Sosinsky and Associates (Medfield MA). He has written extensively on a variety of computer topics. His company specializes in custom software (database and Web related), training and technical documentation.

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This was first published in June 2002

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