Send Messages to Other Users on a Cisco Router

Posted June 18, 2006 by Quinn McHenry in Cisco router

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Multiple users can be logged into a Cisco router at the same time. It may be necessary (or sometimes just fun) to send a text message to one or all users on a router. For example, if you are preparing to reload the router, admin etiquette dictates that you should warn other users.

To send a message to all users on the current device, use the send * command with administrator privileges:

send *
Enter message, end with CTRL/Z; abort with CTRL/C:
The sky is falling, so I'm going to reload the router in 5 minutes.
It's been nice knowing you.


Using the show users command described in this recipe, you can get the line number of a specific user. If the user is logged into line 66, use this command to send them a message:

send 66

The command to send a message to the user on the console is as follows:

send console 0


About Quinn McHenry

Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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