Password recovery procedure - Cisco Aironet 1100 or 1200 Access Point (AP) running Cisco IOS Software
Passwords on Cisco Aironet access points are not recoverable
If you forget the password on a Cisco Aironet Access Point, you have to completely reset the configuration to factory defaults. On Access Points that have a mode button, you can use any one of the following methods to reset the configuration.
Step 5 Use the dir flash: command to display the contents of Flash and find the config.txt configuration file.
ap: dir flash:
Directory of flash:/
3 .rwx 223 <date> env_vars
4 .rwx 2190 <date> config.txt
5 .rwx 27 <date> private.config
150 drwx 320 <date> c350.k9w7.mx.122.13.JA
4207616 bytes available (3404800 bytes used)
Step 6 Use the rename command to change the name of the config.txt file to config.old.
ap: rename flash:config.txt flash:config.old
Step 7 Use the reload command to reboot the wireless device.
System configuration has been modified. Save (y/n)?y
Proceed with reload? [confirm]
Connection with host lost.
Step 8 When the access point has finished reloading the software, Establish a new Telnet session to the access point.
The wireless device is configured with factory default values, including the IP address (set to receive an IP address using DHCP) and the default username and password (Cisco).
Step 9 When IOS software is loaded, you can use the del privileged EXEC command to delete the config.old file from Flash.
ap# del flash:config.old
Delete filename [config.old]
Delete flash:config.old [confirm]
For Access Points that do not have a mode button you have to use either the Web browser or the CLI method to reset the configuration. On 1100 and 1200 series access points, you can use the MODE button on the access point, the CLI method or the web-browser interface. On 350 series access points, you can use the web-browser or CLI method to reset the configuration.
If the password is reset, all configuration settings are reset to factory defaults. This includes passwords, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) keys, the IP address, and the Service Set Identifier (SSID).The default username, password, and enable password on Cisco Aironet Access Points is "Cisco". Usernames and passwords are case-sensitive.