Time-Based access lists

An access list is a sequential list consisting of at least one permit statement and possibly one or more deny statements that apply to IP addresses and possibly upper-layer IP protocols. Time-based ACLs is a Cisco feature introduced in the Release 12.0.1.T to allow access control based on time. The time range, identified by a name, can be ‘absolute‘ or ‘periodic‘.

Use time-based access list is easy and can be useful in some situations. To implement it, you need:

  1. Define time-range
  2. Define ACL, where the time-range is applied to
  3. Apply ACL; for istance: to the interface, to the vty, to the control-plane, …

Examples #1: Periodic Time
Permit SSH router access on the weekends from 8:00 to 22:00.

  1. Define time-range
    Ciscozine(config)#time-range time-ssh
    Ciscozine(config-time-range)#periodic weekend 08:00 to 22:00
  2. Define ACL
    Ciscozine(config)#ip access-list extended permit-ssh
    Ciscozine(config-ext-nacl)#permit tcp any any eq 22 time-range time-ssh
  3. Apply ACL
    Ciscozine(config)#line vty 0 4
    Ciscozine(config-line)#access-class permit-ssh in

Example #2: Absolute time
Block SNMP protocol from 1st March 2011:

  1. Define time-range
    Ciscozine(config)#time-range time-snmp
    Ciscozine(config-time-range)#absolute start 00:00 1 March 2011
  2. Define ACL
    Ciscozine(config)#ip access-list extended deny-snmp
    Ciscozine(config-ext-nacl)#deny udp an an eq snmp time-range time-snmp
    Ciscozine(config-ext-nacl)#permit ip any any
  3. Apply ACL
    Ciscozine(config)#interface fastEthernet 0/1
    Ciscozine(config-if)#ip access-group deny-snmp in

Remember: To check if a time-based access lists is active or not, use the ‘show ip access-list’ or the ‘show time-range’ command

Below the video with the two examples:

References: http://www.cisco.com/…products_tech_note.shtml#timebasedtimerange


  1. Today I’ve read somewhere that “Time Based ACL, it starts with the 1st second of the first minute and ends up with the last second of the last minute… if want to block traffic, like from 08:00 to 14:00
    u should do
    periodic daily 08:00 to 13:59”


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