Updating SSID Aironet 1241

Hi

My client asked me to update the SSID on a dozen Cisco Aironet 1241 access points in his hotel

These are connected to a Catalyst 2960 which in turn is connected to a Cisco 1841 router

As you may imagine these have been in place for quite some time now, and obviously we have no login or passwords for any of these devices.

I managed to reset the router’s password and then learned the hard way that Cisco by default disables its interfaces - had a fun time getting things up an running again. Thanks EE.

I also tried to reset the Catalyst’s password but have had less luck. Even though I press the mode button on power up and let go once stat is off, the boot ip process just continues to run unhindered.

I did notice something was displayed at the beginning indicating that the password recovery mode had been enabled - but whatever I try I can’t get the boot up process to break.

I did recover a login and password in the router’s running config but what is missing of course is the enable password.

I know that I won’t be able to recover the Aironet’s running config (pity) but if I can at least review the Catalyst’s config I will feel more confident when the time comes to reset the Aironets.

Thanks for reading me
Yann
Yann ShukorOwnerAsked:
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Craig BeckCommented:
You can boot up the devices by bypassing the config.  That will leave the config file intact, then you can download it by configuring a temporary interface on the device and using TFTP to transfer.  When you have the file you can just paste it in to the device and it's all as it was.  Remember to set the password to something you know though.

The APs can be done easily too in the same way.
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Yann ShukorOwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Craig
All the suggested boot up routines don't halt the startup process; AAA is enabled on the router, maybe it's the same case for the Catalyst - someone mentioned that this could prevent the halting routines at boot up
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Craig BeckCommented:
AAA can't stop you breaking the boot process.  Think about it... AAA isn't running on the device while it's booting up as the config hasn't been parsed yet.

Sometimes it comes down to timing or using the wrong terminal emulator app.
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Yann ShukorOwnerAuthor Commented:
I use Putty
I have tried the following routines:
- hold Mode, plug power, let go once Sync led switches from amber to green
- hold Mode, plug power, let go once Stat led switches off
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Craig BeckCommented:
2960 should be easy enough to get into.

The SYST LED goes from blinking amber to solid green, then release the MODE button.  The SYST LED should then blink green.  In the terminal you should see the switch: prompt.

Do you get that far?
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Yann ShukorOwnerAuthor Commented:
It does indeed go from flashing amber, but to flashing green next
Solid green, has never been seen
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kevinhsiehCommented:
Those access points are really old. They are over 10 years old B and G only from what I can tell. They're not even N, much less AC. I would just scrap them and replace with ones from Ubiquiti. Their line is really good, especially for the price which in unbeatable. Really easy to configure. Central management/provisioning. Uses a PC or get the CloudKey
https://www.ubnt.com/unifi/unifi-ap-ac-lite/ . MSRP of $89 each.
https://www.ubnt.com/unifi/unifi-cloud-key/
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Yann ShukorOwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Kevin, sure but that isn't my call
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kevinhsiehCommented:
I assume you are in a position to recommend. Heck, if you are charging a reasonable hourly rate, the hardware cost is about the same as 1 hour of labor. To reset and reconfigure each AP in autonomous mode, it could easily take me 45 minutes each, especially if you need to troubleshoot a new configuration. The gear practically pays for itself in labor savings, and gets you about 3 newer generations of Wi-Fi standards.
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Craig BeckCommented:
Ok instead of looking at the LED colour change just hold the mode button for 15 seconds then release and see if that does it.
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Yann ShukorOwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Craig
I came across many sites indicating that the password on an Aironet 1200 series can't be reset and therefore only a complete factory reset can allow one to recover access to this device; but you seem to indicate, in a previous answer, that one can in fact recover the running config without the use of the enable password ?
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Craig BeckCommented:
Sorry, Yann.  I was referring to the 2960 and 1841.

I think I worded the statement about the APs badly so apologies for that.  The APs will need a factory reset but if you tell us what SSIDs and security you use now I can give you a config for the APs based on what the switch and router have.
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