How to Turn on FTP on Cisco Routers

By Dave Wilson

Cisco routers include many services that are not enabled by default, including an FTP service. Enabling FTP service on a Cisco router provides convenient access to retrieve items such as syslog files. The FTP service on Cisco routers can be enabled in a few steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Cisco router with telnet access enabled
  • Password for administrator access through telnet to the Cisco router
  • Privilege Exec Mode password for the Cisco router
  • IP address of the Cisco router
  • Microsoft Windows computer with telnet client application installed

Step 1

Open the telnet client on the Windows computer or open a command line if the telnet client is command line based.

Step 2

Type the IP address of the Cisco router into the host name or IP address field provided by the telnet client application and press the "Enter" key. If using a command line based telnet client, type the name of the telnet client application followed by a space, and then the IP address of the Cisco router, and then press the "Enter" key (for example, "telnet").

Step 3

Type the administrator password when requested, and press the "Enter" key. The Cisco router command prompt will appear.

Step 4

Type "enable" on the command line and press the "Enter" key. Type the "Privilege Exec Mode" password when requested and press the "Enter" key. Type "config t" and press the "Enter" key to access configuration mode.

Step 5

Type "ftp-server enable," and press the "Enter" key. Type "ftp-server topdir disk0:/syslogd.dir," substituting "disk0:/syslogd.dir" for the top level directory to which you wish to grant FTP access, and then press the "Enter" key.

Step 6

Type "exit" and press the "Enter" key. Type "copy run start" and press the "Enter" key to save the new setting.