Standard access-list example on Cisco Router

Let’s configure some access lists so I can demonstrate to you how this is done on Cisco IOS routers. In this lesson, we’ll cover the standard access-list. Here’s the topology:

standard access list example

Two routers, and each router has a loopback interface. I will use two static routes so that the routers can reach each other’s loopback interface:

R1(config)#ip route
R2(config)#ip route
If you choose to use a routing protocol for advertising networks, be careful that your access-list doesn’t block your RIP, EIGRP, or OSPF traffic…

Now let’s start with a standard access-list! I’ll create something on R2 that only permits traffic from network /24:

R2(config)#access-list 1 permit

This single permit entry will be enough. At the bottom of the access-list is a “deny any”. We don’t see it, but it’s there. Let’s apply this access-list inbound on R2:

R2(config)#interface fastEthernet 0/0
R2(config-if)#ip access-group 1 in

Use the ip access-group command to apply it to an interface. I applied it inbound with the in keyword.

R2#show ip interface fastEthernet 0/0
FastEthernet0/0 is up, line protocol is up
  Internet address is
  Broadcast address is
  Address determined by setup command
  MTU is 1500 bytes
  Helper address is not set
  Directed broadcast forwarding is disabled
  Outgoing access list is not set
  Inbound  access list is 1

You can verify that the access-list has been applied with the show ip interface command. Above, you see that access-list 1 has been applied inbound.

Now let’s generate some traffic…


Type escape sequence to abort.
Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to, timeout is 2 seconds:
Success rate is 100 percent (5/5), round-trip min/avg/max = 4/4/4 ms

Our ping is successful; let’s check the access-list:

R2#show access-lists 
Standard IP access list 1
    10 permit, wildcard bits (27 matches)

As you can see, the access-list shows the number of matches per statement. We can use this to verify our access-list. Let me show you something useful when you are playing with access lists:

R1#ping source loopback 0

Type escape sequence to abort.
Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to, timeout is 2 seconds:
Packet sent with a source address of 
Success rate is 0 percent (0/5)

When you send a ping you can use the source keyword to select the interface. The source IP address of this IP packet is now and you can see these pings are failing because the access-list drops them.

R2#show access-lists 
Standard IP access list 1
    10 permit, wildcard bits (27 matches)

You won’t see them with the show access-list command because the “deny any” is dropping them.

What if I wanted something different? Let’s say I want to deny traffic from network /24 but permit all other networks. I can do something like this:

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  1. Good work. I have a question.
    I am using Packet Tracer 6.0.1.
    I have a network with 2 routers, and 2 PC’s, one on each router. They are on three different networks. 15.x.x.x, 17.x.x.x, and 20.x.x.x. PC1 is on the 15.x.x.x network, and PC2 is on the 17.x.x.x network. They can ping each other before I put in the access-list. (I’m using RIP.)
    Then I put in the access list on Router 2

    access-list 5 deny
    access-list 5 permit any
    interface FastEthernet0/1
    ip access-group 5 in

    When I ping PC2 from PC1 I get "Reply from Destination ho

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  2. Hello George,

    The problem is that your ping will make it from pc2 to pc1 will make it, but the return traffic is dropped by your deny entry.


  3. Hi Rene, I am a nornmally a windows network admin, and have been appointed to put security on our routers and swiches. I know this is a stupid question but when doing access-lists permit, Do I just put the serial address or the eithernet or both? We are running point to point and the router I am working on is remote, so I was going to put the serial address from the our core router to the remote.
    I only need the remote side to see our core router so would the command be access-lists 1 permit?

  4. Hi Don,

    With the standard access-list you can only create permit or deny statements that match source addresses. If you want a more precise statement you’ll need an extended access-list because it can match on source and destination addresses.


  5. Rene,

    You mentioned “ill show you how to modify the access-list without deleting the whole thing” but I didnt find it in this lesson. Can you please explain ?

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