Cisco Catalyst 1800 Series Switches

Password Recovery Procedure for the Cisco Catalyst 1800

Document ID: 12039

Updated: Apr 10, 2006



This document describes how to recover a password on a Cisco Catalyst 1800.

Before You Begin


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Step-by-Step Procedure

Perform the following to recover a password on a Cisco Catalyst 1800:

  1. Locate the two small black buttons mounted side by side on the red holding device inside the left cover of the switch. The button located nearest the front of the switch is the NMI button

  2. Boot the router.

  3. At the prompt for the password, press the NMI button five times. The switch reloads and the password resets to its default value of "public."

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Updated: Apr 10, 2006
Document ID: 12039