This lab exercise entails the basic setup of the router. In this lab, we will configure the IP address on a fast Ethernet port of the router. And we will name the interface as the ‘Branch Office Interface.’ Naming the interface is an excellent and very essential practice because it would give us the information that to which location the port is connected. As a Network Admin, when we log into a router the description of the interfaces is very helpful. It makes management of the interfaces wee bit easier especially in the big networks where there are many different devices. The user has to go into the interface to setup the IP Address and description.

You will also learn to configure MOTD [Message of the Day] in this lab. When the user is logged into the device then a message appears to him. That message is known as the Message of the Day (MOTD). Usually, the MOTD banner is set-up as a warning against the unauthorized access.

We will also configure the Telnet Connection on the router that allows the user to manage the router remotely with the help of a Telnet Protocol. Setting up a Telnet Connection also requires a Telnet Password to be configured. We will configure that password in this lab. Also, we will have to get into the Telnet lines to configure the telnet. We can do this by typing the line VTY command.


MOTD banner and telnet lab in packet tracer


Lab Tasks

  1. Access router via console connection
  2. Set interface fast Ethernet 0/0 to 
  3. Set interface fast Ethernet description to BRANCH OFFICE INTERFACE
  5. Configure telnet on Cisco router

 Lab Configuration

Task 1

Click on pc2 > click desktop tab > click on terminal > click ok

(you should be able to access router now)

Task 2



Router#configure terminal

Router(config)#interface fastEthernet 0/0

Router(config-if)#ip address

Router(config-if)#no shutdown

Task 3

Router(config)#interface fastEthernet 0/0

Router(config-if)#description BRANCH OFFICE INTERFACE

Task 4

Router(config)#banner motd / —- UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS IS NOT ALLOWED —- /

Task 5

Router(config)#line vty 0 15

Router(config-line)#password cisco