A method for remotely configuring a modem in a communication system is described herein. Specifically, the method allows a modem user the ability to modify or view the options of a remote modem by placing the remote modem first into a test mode. The method, following the execution of the test mode, provides some security through the use of a security code which is programmable by the remote user. The remote modem is then placed into a reconfiguration mode, after which the local modem transmit commands to the remote modem using a bi-sync protocol to ensure accurate reception of commands and responses. The process of remote configuration is terminated by exiting the reconfiguration and test modes.