Is it possible to access a router and login from a command line ?

I'm well aware of


but are there parameters that can be added to this so that it's an immediate login from the browser, i know of telnet but I'm looking for something a little more advanced to expand my knowledge.

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  • What brand and model is the router? Some routers have telnet (or other) login capabilities. – Kusalananda Feb 28 '18 at 11:27

Do you talk about bash? Please tag your question to know about the operating system.

What do you think about lynx:


Lynx is a text web browser and should be provided by most linux package repostitories. Installation depends on your distribution (sudo apt-get install lynx, sudo yum install lynx, ...).

Because images should not be that important to manage a router via web page this could be useful for you.

If your router uses AUTH TYPE BASIC to authenticate the option '-auth' could be your friend. But if it has a form base login it will get more complicated - perhabs it is not possible.


This is a very generic question that reveals little knowledge of how networked devices work.

The answer is, of course, it depends.

  • Routers that provide command line services like telnet or SSH can be accessed using the respective protocols (telnet <ip> or ssh <user>@<ip>).
  • Routers that do not provide command line management services cannot be accessed this way. There is usually a web based interface and that's it.
  • There are also cases where a particular piece of software is required to interact with a device using some kind of more or less open protocol. If you go deeply into the hardware, you may also find a serial based console interface... but that's another story.

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