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Entering the Privileged Mode

The privileged mode enables you to access more complete information on the router's configuration and set operating system parameters (you must be in the privileged mode to enter the router's configuration mode). The user mode provides only a subset of the privileged mode commands.

To enter a router's privileged mode, perform the following steps:

  1. At the user mode prompt, type enable and then press Enter.

  2. Type the Enable password at the Password prompt. Keep in mind that if no password was provided, just typing enable places the router in privileged mode.

  3. Press Enter to enter the password.

As shown in the following figure, the router prompt change from the user mode prompt (the router name followed by the > symbol) to the privileged mode prompt (the router name followed by the # symbol). You can now use the extended command set provided by privileged mode (such as entering the configuration mode).

Figure 3.3

Remember that the user mode provides only a subset of the router examination commands available in the privileged mode. Also, you must be in the privileged mode to enter the configuration mode.

When you are finished working in the privileged mode, type disable, and then press Enter to return to the user mode. If you want to log off the router completely, type exit and press Enter.

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