Cisco routers and Cisco switches have many similarities. They support a similar modal operating system, support similar command structures, and support many of the same commands. In addition, both devices have identical initial configuration steps when implementing them in a network.

Similar to configuring a switch, the following steps should be completed when configuring initial settings on a router:

1. Assign a device name using the hostname global configuration command. (Figure 1)

2. Set passwords. (Figure 2)

3. Provide legal notification using the banner motd (message of the day [MOTD]) global configuration command. (Figure 3)

4. Save the configuration using the copy run start command. (Figure 4)

5. Verify the configuration using the show run command.

Figure 5 is a syntax checker that allows you to practice these configuration steps.