[rescue] Early Cisco/Grand Junction Catalyst default password

Lex Landa brooknet at imap.cc
Wed Aug 10 20:06:22 CDT 2011

On Sun, 2011-06-26 at 07:07 -0400, Carl R. Friend wrote:

>     Does anybody happen to know what the factory-default password is
> for the very early Cisco Catalyst switches?  The Retro-Computing
> Society of Rhode Island (RCS/RI) have one in it its original "Grand
> Junction" packaging that identifies itself as a Cisco and we recently
> did a "reset to factory defaults" which overwrote our own passwords
> to the thing and we can't seem to find any real hints on the Web save
> for "Call Cisco".

I had a look around the web and found this excerpt from a book on
configuring Cisco switches.


It says that no default password is set, and one is evidently set on
your switch.  An earlier chapter suggests that you may be able to upload
a config file via TFTP, but the switch would maybe need to be enabled to
allow this.

The above page also discusses password recovery.

I hope this is of help!  I should probably mention that I don't have a
Cisco switch, or know anything about them - I was just reading the
Rescue List and I noticed that this topic hadn't had any replies.


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