It's a spare that was sitting by my desk; I had been in it previously and can't understand why now I cannot get a proper console session going with 9600, 8,n,1 even though this console setup works perfectly when I plug the connector into a spare switch. All I get on the hyperterminal screen is garbage characters but the router seems to boot fine as I can telnet to the expected IP. However here I am stuck also because it appears someone has put a username and password on it. I suspect somebody with too much time on their hands has baffled me, can anybody help me out here ??
I believe that you are in a difficult situation: if you could telnet to the router then you could look at the config register and at the config and could find what the console speed is set for. But you can not telnet because of the password that is set. So you need to do password recovery. But you can not do password recovery because you have not yet matched the console speed. Each problem gets in the way of solving the other problem.
I suggest that you systematically go through all the console speeds, remembering that it may be helpful to stop and restart Hyperterm each time you change the console speed.
What model of router is this? The reason for asking is to try to determine whether there are the 4 standard console speeds, or whether the extended range of console speeds is supported.