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Password recovery procedure - Cisco Aironet 1100 or 1200 Access Point (AP) running Cisco IOS Software

 

 

Introduction

 

Password recovery procedure - Cisco Aironet 1100 or 1200 Access Point (AP) running Cisco IOS Software

 

Core Issue

Passwords on Cisco Aironet access points are not recoverable

 

Resolution

 

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.

 

Mode Button Method

 

Mode button method

 

Web Browser Method

 

Web browser method

 

Follow these steps to delete the current configuration and return all wireless device settings to the factory defaults using the web browser interface:

 

Step 1          Open your Internet browser. You must use Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.x or later) or Netscape Navigator (version 4.x).

Step 2          Enter the wireless device IP address in the browser address line and press Enter. An Enter Network Password screen appears.

Step 3          Enter your username in the User Name field.

Step 4          Enter the wireless device password in the Password field and press Enter. The Summary Status page appears.

Step 5          Click System Software and the System Software screen appears.

Step 6          Click System Configuration and the System Configuration screen appears.

Step 7          Click the Reset to Defaults or Reset to Defaults (Except IP) button.

 

Note

Select Reset to Defaults (Except IP) if you want to retain a static IP address.

 

Step 8          Click Restart. The system reboots.

Step 9          After the wireless device reboots, you must reconfigure the wireless device by using the Web-browser interface or the CLI. The default username and password are Cisco, which is case-sensitive.

 

CLI Method

 

CLI method

 

Follow the steps below to delete the current configuration and return all wireless device settings to the factory defaults using the CLI.

 

Step 1          Open the CLI using a Telnet session or a connection to the wireless device console port.

Step 2          Reboot the wireless device by removing power and reapplying power.

Step 3          Let the wireless device boot until the command prompt appears and the wireless device begins to inflate the image. When you see these lines on the CLI, press Esc:

 

Loading "flash:/c350-k9w7-mx.v122_13_ja.20031010/c350-k9w7-mx.v122_13_ja.20031010"

...###########################################################################

################################################################################

################################################################################

####################

 

Step 4          At the ap: prompt, enter the flash_init command to initialize the Flash.

 

ap: flash_init

Initializing Flash...

flashfs[0]: 142 files, 6 directories

flashfs[0]: 0 orphaned files, 0 orphaned directories

flashfs[0]: Total bytes: 7612416

flashfs[0]: Bytes used: 3407360

flashfs[0]: Bytes available: 4205056

flashfs[0]: flashfs fsck took 0 seconds.

...done initializing Flash.

 

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.

 

ap: reload

System configuration has been modified. Save (y/n)?y

Building configuration.

[OK]

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.

 

Note        

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]

ap#

 

 

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.

 

Problem Type

Password recovery

 

Products

AP 1200

AP 340, 350

AP 1100

 

Reference

 

For information on how to reset the password on 1100 and 1200 series Access points please readResetting to default configuration section of the document Cisco IOS Software Configuration Guide for Cisco Aironet Access Points, 12.3(7)JA

Comments
New Member

How about elaborating a bit more then,

1. Mode button method

2. Web browser method

3. CLI method


How is this useful to ANYONE.

Thanks for the suggestion. added the requested information.

New Member

You can helpme i have a problem whith a Cisco Aironet 350, i forgot the password, i tried several procedures of the cisco page but did not work could someone helpme

New Member

Just a short note... the cli reset did not worked for me, or maybe I just misinterpreted.

I pressed mode, replugged the power and had to hold the mode button until the cli says "waiting to release button" and then send a break (alt+b in teraterm) and it went to the ap: prompt.

Hi; I tried this on a 1262N but the default password does not work. There is no reload but there is reset command. Do you know any system that works on 1262N please ?

 

Kind regards.

 

Fereidoun.