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Aironet BR2040-E password recovery

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I've got 2 Aironet BR2040-E devices that were taken down from a facility that was no longer being used. I would like to find a new home for these however there is a password set on them that no one can figureout or has listed.

I am making the assumption that both devices have the same password (99% likely) and really all I need to change is the IP address on each one, otherwise they are configured how I want.

One of the devices has FTP, HTTP, and Hyperterminal Access. The other has FTP, HTTP, Telnet, and Hyperterminal access enabled.
I have been trying to use a program called Brutus to guess the password on the one device using FTP as it will let you indefinitly guess the password. However either the program, my pc, or the device is slow going. Do to the order in which you login I couldn't get Brutus to work in Telnet mode where I would assume it could work faster.

I am looking for either password recovery procedures, a way to clear out the password/configuration, or a better program I can use that will work faster. Preferably in that order.

I did happen to find a old manual for the device which details information for the BR2000-E and BR1000-E models so I would assume those are very similiar. Inside the manual it states if you forgot the password send the device to Aironet for their recovery. However Cisco now owns Aironet and this product is no longer supported by Cisco as far as I am aware.

Both devices are running at version 5.0J if that's any help as well.

Thanks!
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cyrax earned 250 total points
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Cisco Aironet devices do not allow passwords to be recovered.
Instead, you can reset the bridge to its original state before it was configured. This will allow you to configure it for your own use as well as set a new password of your choice.

Follow this link for advice on resetting the device:
http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/102/wlan/pwrec-2.html

Good luck!

-Cyrax-
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by:ethomson
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This is not a Cisco device. This is a device from Aironet BEFORE Cisco bought them out.

Anyhow that document is useless as it refers only to Cisco Aironet devices. As a side note I have tried all the procedures out of that document hoping they may work but none of them do or come close.
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The Aironet BR2000 is proprietary and has been discontinued.  It is not possible to reset the password, all those devices had to be sent to the factory to be re-flashed.  

I don't know of a way to reset these devices, there is a few companies out there that still buy and sell these devices.  I'll check and see if they have a way to get around the password issue.
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