To assist users in navigation through IOS CLI, the command prompt will change to reflect the position of a user within the command hierarchy. This allows users to easily identify where within the command structure they are at any given moment. Table 2 is a summary of command prompts and the corresponding location within the command structure.

IOS Command Prompt Summary

Router> - User EXEC mode
Router# - Privileged EXEC mode
Router(config)# - Configuration mode (notice the # sign indicates this is only accessible at privileged EXEC mode.)
Router(config-if)# - Interface level within configuration mode.
Router(config-router)# - Routing engine level within configuration mode.
Router(config-line)# - Line level (vty, tty, async) within configuration mode.

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