Command Line Interface (CLI)

Last modified: Thu 06 Apr 2006 09:55:27 AM EDT

Note: Some Operating Systems (such as Win NT4, Win 98) provide a limited-size window, and to see all the data output from a command such as "adsl info", you have to click on "terminal" and start logging the session output. Although the information still zings past and disappears off the top of the window, you can use a text editor (such as "notepad") to read the log file. You might find it easier to see the data by using the web interface.

These notes were compiled with the NCF-recommended "Speedtouch" router-modems from Thomson in mind. The following screen-shots are for the model ST546, which provides 4-port Ethernet connectivity, and has been supplanted by the ST585 which provides wireless connectivity, in addition to the four Ethernet ports. The ST416, a cheaper, single-port model is offered for simple one-computer installations.


Press CTRL+G to quit a command. This can be useful in a situation in which you get lost and want to quit the command, without messing up your configuration.

Type exit to end your telnet session.

Detailed control of the router's functions, more than is available via the "web interface", can be accessed via the CLI. Instead of logging in via an http session, a "telnet" session via a terminal screen is used as in the following screenshot:

TELNET opening screen

After logging in, expect to see some differences amongst the models. Use the built-in "help" facility, and if that isn't enough, refer to the PDF CLI manuals available for download from the manufacturer.

CLI help screen

You can navigate amongst command groups in a manner similar to a directory/file structure, although these are commands, not directories. Be careful. Remember Ctrl+G!