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Newbie question: Telnet enable mode ?

Forgive me, but I am a novice, but I hope someone can help me...

I have inherited a 2524 router csu/dsu. I am trying to enter enable mode through a telnet session into the router, and I keep getting this message:

% password not set .....

I have set the user mode password through a console session:

config t

line vty 0 4


password ******

end (ctr z)

wr mem

.... but I still cannot enter into enable mode, and therefore config mode via telnet sessions.......

1. Does the router allow for configuring through telnet ? how does one set up to do this ? If the router was originally set to not allow telnet configuring, can it now be set to allow ?

Thank You so much in advance..

Russell Painter

Cisco Employee

Re: Newbie question: Telnet enable mode ?


To configure the router through telnet, you need to set the password in in VTY mode as well as you should set the enable password on the router.

I guess you have not set enable password, that's why you can not configure the switch using telnet session.

Access router locally and assign enable password, then it should work. Let me know if it doesn't work after that.

New Member

Re: Newbie question: Telnet enable mode ?

Thanks ! I'll try it...


Re: Newbie question: Telnet enable mode ?

If you just did the telnet password this will get you into user mode but you must put on an enable or enable secret password to get into enable mode .

conf t

enable password xxxxxxx or

enable secret xxxxxxx

New Member

Re: Newbie question: Telnet enable mode ?

Thanks ! I'll try it...

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