In this document we will see what all steps are required for Password Recovery in Autonomous AP.
Default User name and Password
Cisco IOS Software-based APs have a default configuration that includes a user name and password combination, both of which are Cisco (case sensitive). After you reset to factory defaults, be ready to give Cisco as both the username and password when either the GUI or the command-line interface (CLI) prompts you.
One end of a console cable is connected to the your laptop's, say, COM1 port ,and the other end of that console cable is connected to the the Access Point's RJ-45/Console port.
Go to Start->Programs->Communications->Hyperterminal
Specify any name in the Connection Description Window
Select COM1 under Connect Using
Click on Restore Defaults
Set Flow Control to ' Xon/Xoff ':
Now, you get an Interface to your Access Point.
Now, we need to take the backup of existing config of your Access Point, and store it within the Access Point.
Let the AP boot.
While the AP is in the boot process, keep pressing ESC key unless you reach ' ap: '
One you will be in ' ap: ', give the following commands:
(in the following commands, configBackup.txt will have the existing configuration of your
ap: rename flash:config.txt flash:configBackup.txt
ap: delete flash:config.txt
It will give you prompt like " Are you sure you want to delete "flash:config.txt" (y/n)?
". So, you press ' y '.
Then enter command ---> ' ap: boot '. AP will now boot up with the default
configuration. You will be able to login to the AP with the Default Username
and Password , ie, ' Cisco '. You will enter the commands :
ap> Password : Cisco
ap# Password : Cisco
At this point, you need to ensure that
Your laptop is connected with the Access Point with an Ethernet Cable.
A TFTP Server is running on your laptop, with its Working Directory set to, say, ' C:\'
Your laptop and the Access Point must be in the same subnet.
An IP Address of that same subnet must be assigned to the AP and the laptop.
Assuming, that the IP Address of your laptop is 192.168.28.2, we use the command below: