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How to reset a Cisco AP which does not have a mode button

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Introduction

 

Password Recovery Procedure for Cisco Aironet Equipment

 

 

Resolution

If a Cisco Access Point (AP) must be reset to factory defaults and a mode button is not present, follow the instructions provided in Password Recovery Procedure for the Cisco Aironet Equipment.

 

Note: If users are not allowed to browse in a read-only manner without logging in, a Summary Status screen does not appear. Instead, a prompt for a username and password is displayed. At this point, enter any username and password, after which you see this prompt:

 

Authentication Failed - Retry? (y/n)

Note: Answer n to this. You are now able to enter the :resetall command.

 

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For more information on the Conversion Tool, refer to FAQs for the Cisco Aironet Conversion Tool Version 2.1 for Cisco IOS Software. For more information on the upgrade procedure without the Conversion Tool, refer to Upgrading an Access Point to Cisco IOS Operation Without the Conversion Tool.

 

Password Recovery Procedure for Cisco Aironet Equipment

More Information

Reset the AP—AP 350 That Runs Cisco IOS Software

Complete the steps in this section in order to reset an AP 350 that runs Cisco IOS Software.

Note: Cisco IOS Software-based APs have a default configuration that includes a username and password combination. Both the username and password are "Cisco", which is case-sensitive. After you reset to factory defaults, be prepared to give "Cisco" as both the username and password when you are prompted by either the GUI or the CLI.

If the privileged command prompt ap# is available in the CLI, the write erase command and the reload command erase the startup configuration and reset the unit.

If the GUI is available, choose System Software > System Configuration. Press the Reset to Defaults button.

The AP350 does not have a MODE button to reset the AP to factory defaults. So, if neither the GUI or CLI is available with sufficient privileges in the AP350, complete these steps to delete the current configuration and return all access point settings to the factory defaults using the CLI.

Reboot the access point by removing power and reapplying power. Let the access point boot until the command prompt appears and the access point begins to inflate the image. When you see these lines on the CLI, press ESC: Loading "flash:/<image name>" ...########################################################################### ################################################################################ ################################################################################ ####################

Once you press ESC, this information is displayed on the CLI screen..

Xmodem file system is available.
flashfs[0]: filesystem check interrupted!
The system has been interrupted, or encountered an error
during initialization of the flash filesystem.  The following
commands will initialize the flash filesystem, and finish
loading the operating system software:
    flash_init
    ether_init
    tftp_init
    boot
ap:
At the ap: prompt, issue the flash_init command.

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.
Issue the dir flash: command in order to view 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)
Rename the config.txt file to config.old.

ap: rename flash:config.txt flash:config.old
Issue the reset command in order to reboot the 350.

ap: reset

Are you sure you want to reset the system (y/n)?y

System resetting..Xmodem file system is available.

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.
Reading cookie from flash parameter block...done.
Base ethernet MAC Address: 00:40:96:41:e4:df

Loading "flash:/c350-k9w7-mx.122-13.JA/c350-k9w7-mx.122-13.JA"...########
Note: The AP is configured with the factory default values that include:

The IP address, which is set to receive an IP address with DHCP

The default username and password, "Cisco"

After the full Cisco IOS Software is loaded and connectivity is reestablished, delete the config.old file from Flash.

Issue the del flash:config.old Cisco IOS Software command at an enabled prompt from the CLI.

ap#del flash:config.old
Delete filename [config.old]
Delete flash:config.old [confirm]
ap#

Problem Type

Reset defaults

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Products

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Product OS

VxWorks

 

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