Command Level & Command View With 3Com Switches

By | December 14, 2013

In 3Com Ethernet switch provides a command line interface (CLI) and commands for you to configure and manage the Ethernet switch.

  •  Commands are grouped by levels. This prevents unauthorized users from operating the switch with relevant commands.
  • Users can gain online help at any time by entering the question mark “?”.
  • Commonly used diagnosing utilities (such as Tracert and Ping) are available.
  • Debugging information of various kinds is available.
  • The command history is available. You can recall and execute a history command easily.
  • You can execute a command by only entering part of the command in the CLI, as long as the keywords you input uniquely identify the corresponding ones.

To prevent unauthorized accesses, commands are grouped by command levels. Commands fall into four levels: visit, monitor, system, and manage:


  • Visit level: Commands at this level are mainly used to diagnose network and change the language mode of user interface, and cannot be saved in configuration files. For example, the ping, tracert, and language-modecommands are at this level.
  • Monitor level: Commands at this level are mainly used to maintain the system and diagnose service problems, and cannot be saved to configuration files. For example, the display and debugging commands are at this level.
  • System level: Commands at this level are mainly used to configure services. Commands concerning routing and network layers are at this level. You can utilize network services by using these commands.
  • Manage level: Commands at this level are associated with the basic operation of the system, and the system supporting modules. These commands provide supports to services. Commands concerning file system, FTP/TFTP/XModem downloading, user management, and level setting are at this level.

Users logging into a switch also fall into four levels, each of which corresponding to one of the above command levels. Users at a specific level can only use the commands of the same level and those of the lower levels.