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Last update: 2022-06-23

Accessing Command Line Console

You can access CLI in three ways:

  • Locally with console cable - Connect your computer directly to the console port of your firewall. See Sophos Firewall: Set up a serial connection with a console cable.
  • Remotely through network - Connect your computer through any network interface attached to one of the ports on your firewall.

    If you want to connect using an SSH client, the network interface must have SSH administrative access turned on.

    If you want to connect by accessing the CLI Console in the web admin console, the network interface must have HTTPS administrative access turned on. The CLI console can be accessed from the upper-right hand corner of the screen.


Sophos Firewall closes idle SSH sessions after 15 minutes.

On successful login, the main menu screen is displayed with the following options:

Main Menu

  1. Network Configuration
  2. System Configuration
  3. Route Configuration
  4. Device Console
  5. Device Management
  6. VPN Management
  7. Shutdown/Reboot Device
  0. Exit

Select Menu Number [0-7]:

To access any of the menu items, type the number corresponding to the menu item.


To access Network Configuration, press 1.

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