4.1.4 Packet Tracer – ACL Demonstration (Answers)

4.1.4 Packet Tracer – ACL Demonstration (Instructor Version)


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  • Part 1: Verify Local Connectivity and Test Access Control List
  • Part 2: Remove Access Control List and Repeat Test


In this activity, you will observe how an access control list (ACL) can be used to prevent a ping from reaching hosts on remote networks. After removing the ACL from the configuration, the pings will be successful.

Addressing Table

Device Interface IP Address / Prefix
R1 G0/0
R2 S0/0/0
R3 G0/0
DNS Server NIC


Part 1: Verify Local Connectivity and Test Access Control List

Step 1: Ping devices on the local network to verify connectivity.

a. From the command prompt of PC1, ping PC2.

b. From the command prompt of PC1, ping PC3.

Why were the pings successful?

Because Layers 1 through 3 are fully functional and there is no policy currently filtering ICMP messages between the two local networks.

Step 2: Ping devices on remote networks to test ACL functionality.

a. From the command prompt of PC1, ping PC4.

b. From the command prompt of PC1, ping the DNS Server.

Why did the pings fail? (Hint: Use simulation mode or view the router configurations to investigate.)

The pings fail because R1 is configured with an ACL that denies any ping packets from exiting the Serial 0/0/0 interface.

Part 2: Remove the ACL and Repeat the Test

Step 1: Use show commands to investigate the ACL configuration.

a. Navigate to R1 CLI. Use the show run and show access-lists commands to view the currently configured ACLs. To quickly view the current ACLs, use show access-lists. Enter the show access-lists command, followed by a space and a question mark (?) to view the available options:

R1# show access-lists ?
  <1-199> ACL number
  WORD ACL name

If you know the ACL number or name, you can filter the show output further. However, R1 only has one ACL; therefore, the show access-lists command will suffice.

R1#show access-lists 
Standard IP access list 11
    10 deny
    20 permit any

The first line of the ACL blocks any packets that originate in the network, which includes Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) echoes (ping requests). The second line of the ACL allows all other ip traffic from any source to transverse the router.

b. For an ACL to impact router operation, it must be applied to an interface in a specific direction. In this scenario, the ACL is used to filter traffic exiting an interface. Therefore, all traffic leaving the specified interface of R1 will be inspected against ACL 11.

Although you can view IP information with the show ip interface command, it may be more efficient in some situations to simply use the show run command. To obtain a complete list of interfaces that the ACL that may be applied to, and the list of all ACLs that are configured, use the following command:

R1# show run | include interface|access
interface GigabitEthernet0/0
interface GigabitEthernet0/1
interface Serial0/0/0
 ip access-group 11 out
interface Serial0/0/1
interface Vlan1
access-list 11 deny
access-list 11 permit any

The second pipe symbol ‘|” creates an OR condition that matches ‘interface’ OR ‘access’. It is important that no spaces are included in the OR condition. Use one or both of these commands to find information about the ACL.

To which interface and in what direction is the ACL applied?

Serial 0/0/0, outgoing traffic.

Step 2: Remove access list 11 from the configuration

You can remove ACLs from the configuration by issuing the no access list [number of the ACL] command. The no access-list command when used without arguments deletes all ACLs configured on the router. The no access-list [number of the ACL] command removes only a specific ACL. Removing an ACL from a router does not remove the ACL from the interface. The command that applies the ACL to the interface must be removed separately.

a. Under the Serial0/0/0 interface, remove access-list 11, which was previously applied to the interface as an outgoing filter:

R1(config)# interface s0/0/0
R1(config-if)# no ip access-group 11 out

b. In global configuration mode, remove the ACL by entering the following command:

R1(config)# no access-list 11

c. Verify that PC1 can now ping the DNS Server and PC4.

Download Packet Tracer Completed File

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