TheCisco 3925 router
is part of a family of networking equipment produced byCisco, which has been a network equipment giant for many years. Used 3925routers are available on the Internet at reasonable prices, so acquiring one isnot difficult. However, if the password is unknown or lost, reconfiguration isimpossible until the password is reset or recovered.
Cisco has built in aprocedure for rescuing lost or forgotten passwords or entering new passwords.
ThingsYou'll Need: Serial to RJ-45 cable;Terminal emulation software
1.Connect your computer to the router with the blue serial-to-RJ-45 cable thatcame with the router.
The 9-pin D-shell end connects to your computer's serialport, while the RJ-45 end connects to the console jack on the router.
The RJ-45end resembles a slightly larger telephone jack connector.
2.Turn on your computer and establish a terminal session to the 3925. You can use any terminal emulator, and many are freely available on the Internet.
Configure the session settings as follows:9600baud8data bitsNoparity1stop nonflowering controllable router's power cable into an electrical outlet, and as the 3925 boots, you should see the Cisco boot messages.
If you don't see any output on your computer's terminal session, check your settings on the session and restart itif necessary.
Press "Break" within 30 seconds of powering on the router to enter rommon (rom monitor) mode.
3.Type "confreg 0x2142" and press "Enter" at the "rommon1>" prompt. This will cause the router to boot from its internal flashmemory without loading the configuration into memory.
At the following"rommon 2>" prompt, type "reset" and press"Enter."
This will cause the router to reload and ignore thepreviously saved configuration file.
4.Respond "no" and press "Enter" when prompted for responsesto enter the initial dialog or basic management setup.
Type "enable"and press "Enter" at the following "Router>" prompt.This will put you into enable mode and display the "Router#" prompts.Copy the non-volatile memory into memory with the "copy start up-config running-config" command, followed by the "Enter" key. Type"sho run" at the prompt and press "Enter" to display the current configuration, including the passwords, some of which may be encrypted.
5.Type "config t" at the prompt and press "Enter." At the"Router(config)#" prompt, type "enable secret <pswd>"-- where "pswd" is the password -- and press "Enter." Atthis point, your enable password is reset. Press "Ctrl" +"z" to return to the "Router#" prompt.
6.Type "config t" at the "Router#" prompts and presses"Enter." At the "Router(config)#" prompt, type"config-register 0x02102" and press "Enter" to reset theboot register to its normal setting. Press "Ctrl" + "z" toleave configuration mode. Type "copy running-config startup-config"and press "Enter" to save your changes. Reboot the router and youshould be able to login with your password.