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Introducing PTCL CLI: Control PTCL Routers via Command Line

Ahmad AwaisAhmad Awais

This post is meant for the local community.

PTCL is the biggest local internet service provider here in Lahore. I have been using PTCL’s internet since the beginning. While there are several other wireless internet providers, in my experience there is simply no better alternative to PTCL at the time of writing this post.

Workflow Is My Thing!#

If you read this blog then you know that I am a workflow optimist. I love building professional workflows via automation scripts mostly related to the command line or web development. Being a command line junkie and all that, I find it very cumbersome to have to log in simply to reboot the PTCL router.

I wanted to use the command line to play around with the router, for things like rebooting, keeping a check at the line parameters and even calculating the signal to noise ratio (SNR). I was earlier looking into phatomJS for building something like that, but one thing led to another and today I got some time to finally open source a simple to use command line interface for PTCL routers.

Introducing PTCL CLI#

ptcli is a bash CLI for PTCL routers. An intuitive PTCL-CLI to control PTCL routers via command line.

PTCL-CLI

You can use ptcli to perform following actions via command line

⚡️ Installation#

Open command line terminal (I prefer iTerm2) and run the following command.

sudo wget -qO ptcli https://git.io/vPtPS && sudo chmod +x ./ptcli && sudo install ./ptcli /usr/local/bin/ptcli

This command will perform the following actions:

? Usage#

️ Usage: ptcli [ -c |--config ], [ -h | help ] ️ – [ -h | help ] Use help

Here’s a complimentary GIF.

PTCL-CLI GIF

? Why was PTCL CLI Created?#

I am a command line junkie and it is too much work for me to go sign in and reboot the router or get the line parameters when I need to. So, I built this CLI and now with a bunch of aliases, I am able to perform these actions within a single command.

⚡️ Environment#

I have built this CLI using Mac. It needs to be run on Bash or ZSH based shell.

Beta software! Use at your own risk.

ℹ️ Changelog#

1.0.0 (2016-10-01)#

ℹ️ License#

MIT License. This script has no official affiliation with PTCL.

? Looking forward to the feedback and contribution from your end. That’s how we can make it something more worthwhile. Let’s collaborate at GitHub.
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Comments 8
  • Dr. Adnan
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    Dr. Adnan Dr. Adnan

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    Great script. Keep up the awesome work.


  • Nizam Tajik
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    Nizam Tajik Nizam Tajik

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    I was literally thinking about it. Had a really bad time with TELNET….
    This is one big solution.


  • Sameer Hamid
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    Sameer Hamid Sameer Hamid

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    Nice Work. Keep it Up.


  • Syed Rizvi
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    Syed Rizvi Syed Rizvi

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    Awesome Work Brother .
    You are my motivator now .


    • AhmadAwais
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      AhmadAwais AhmadAwais

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      That’s very kind of you to say. ?