Auxiliary Port on a Cisco router

Most Cisco routers include an additional auxiliary (Aux) port as a backup async port. This port is commonly used as a dial-up port for remote router management. It is connected to a modem and enables an administrator to make a phone call to connect to the router’s CLI.

The following figure shows how to connect a modem to an aux port on a router (image source: Cisco):

Cisco router auxiliary port

The network administrator uses a terminal emulation program to connect to the router over the aux port. The configuration of the aux port resembles the the console port configuration:

Router(config)#line aux 0
Router(config-line)#password cisco

The code above enables password checking for users dialing into the router.

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