Configuring Serial Interface for Remote Office Connection

How to Configure Serial Interface for Non-Cisco Router Connection

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A network administrator needs to configure a serial link between the main office and a remote location. The router at the remote office is a non-Cisco router.

How should the network administrator configure the serial interface of the main office router to make the connection?



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A. B. C. D.


The correct answer is C. Main(config)# interface serial 0/0 Main(config-if)# ip address Main(config-if)# encapsulation PPP Main(config-if)# no shut


When connecting a Cisco router to a non- Cisco router, the encapsulation protocol used should be PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol). PPP is an industry-standard protocol that is widely used for connecting routers together over serial links.

The configuration steps to set up a serial link using PPP are as follows:

  1. Enter global configuration mode: Main(config)#

  2. Configure the serial interface: Main(config)# interface serial 0/0

  3. Configure the IP address and subnet mask for the interface: Main(config-if)# ip address

  4. Configure the encapsulation protocol as PPP: Main(config-if)# encapsulation PPP

  5. Enable the interface: Main(config-if)# no shut

Option A is incorrect because the "ietf" encapsulation protocol is not supported on Cisco routers.

Option B is incorrect because it does not specify the encapsulation protocol. By default, the encapsulation protocol is Cisco's HDLC, which is not compatible with non- Cisco routers.

Option D is incorrect because it specifies the Frame Relay encapsulation protocol, which is not appropriate for a point-to-point link. Additionally, the authentication method specified (CHAP) is not necessary for a simple point-to-point link.