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I have forgotten my passwork to my wireless cisco linksys E3000, how do I go about retrieving it?

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Complete these steps in order to recover your password:

  1. Attach a terminal or PC with terminal emulation to the console port of the router.

Use these terminal settings:

    • 9600 baud rate

    • No parity

    • 8 data bits

    • 1 stop bit

    • No flow control

Refer to these documents for information on how to cable and connect a terminal to the console port or the AUX port:

  1. If you can access the router, type show version at the prompt, and record the configuration register setting. See Example of Password Recovery Procedure in order to view the output of a show version command.

Note: The configuration register is usually set to 0x2102 or 0x102. If you can no longer access the router (because of a lost login or TACACS password), you can safely assume that your configuration register is set to 0x2102.

  1. Use the power switch in order to turn off the router, and then turn the router back on.

Important Notes:

    • In order to simulate this step on a Cisco 6400, pull out and then plug in the Node Route Processor (NRP) or Node Switch Processor (NSP) card.

    • In order to simulate this step on a Cisco 6x00 with NI-2, pull out and then plug in the NI-2 card.

  1. Press Break on the terminal keyboard within 60 seconds of power up in order to put the router into ROMmon.

If the break sequence does not work, refer to Standard Break Key Sequence Combinations During Password Recovery for other key combinations.

  1. Type confreg 0x2142 at the rommon 1> prompt in order to boot from Flash.

This step bypasses the startup configuration where the passwords are stored.

  1. Type reset at the rommon 2> prompt.

The router reboots, but ignores the saved configuration.

  1. Type no after each setup question, or press Ctrl-C in order to skip the initial setup procedure.

  2. Type enable at the Router> prompt.

You are in enable mode and should see the Router# prompt.

  1. Type configure memory or copy startup-config running-config in order to copy the nonvolatile RAM (NVRAM) into memory.

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  1. Type show running-config.

The show running-config command shows the configuration of the router. In this configuration, the shutdown command appears under all interfaces, which indicates all interfaces are currently shut down. In addition, the passwords (enable password, enable secret, vty, console passwords) are in either an encrypted or unencrypted format. You can reuse unencrypted passwords. You must change encrypted passwords to a new password.

  1. Type configure terminal.

The hostname(config)# prompt appears.

  1. Type enable secret <password> in order to change the enable secret password. For example:

13.hostname(config)#enable secret cisco


  1. Issue the no shutdown command on every interface that you use.

If you issue a show ip interface brief command, every interface that you want to use should display up up.

  1. Type config-register <configuration_register_setting>. Where configuration_register_settingis either the value you recorded in step 2 or 0x2102. For example:

17.hostname(config)#config-register 0x2102


  1. Press Ctrl-z or end in order to leave the configuration mode.

The hostname# prompt appears.

  1. Type write memory or copy running-config startup-config in order to commit the changes.

for more help goto

CISCO Router Support

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He WEP key is defined by the person who set your wireless router up. You will not be able to find out what the WEP key is, but you CAN change it if you have physical access to the router. If you are trying to connect to your wireless router and can't remember the WEP, then walk over to the router and on the back or bottom of it is a small little hole that you can fit a pen or paper clip into. Press the paper clip into the little hole for 10 seconds and release. This will reset all the settings on your router back to default and will allow you to access your wireless connection.

Note: doing this will take away all of your wireless security so make sure that you know what you're doing before messing with it!

Thanks and please rate if this helps you at all :).

Posted on Mar 29, 2011


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