Recovering Cisco 870 Routers

I recently purchased a second hand 877W router to replace the excellent but noisy 1801W router I have.

The chap who’d owned it before me had disabled password recovery on the fecker with the no service password-recovery command.
Could I get into ROMON to disable the config and reload from a blank config? Could I feck!

I eventually after a bit of head scratching and lurking in dark corners of the Internet, found this excerpt:-

[quote] Q. What is the use of Reset button on Cisco 870 and 850 Series routers ? A. Reset button is used to restore the router to default-factory settings if pressed within five seconds of the router power-up. In line with this implementation, the following scenarios are possible. 1. Router will not react to the reset button if pressed after the 5 seconds of power-up. 2. When the reset button is pressed within 5 seconds of boot up, and there is no valid xxx.cfg file in the flash, then the router boots up with the factory defaults. 3. When the reset button is pressed within 5 seconds of boot up, and there is a valid xxx.cfg file in the flash, router will boot up with the xxx.cfg file and avoid the startup-config file in the nvram. [end quote]

This saved my bacon! I’d never even looked for a ‘reset button’ on the bloody thing till I read that!

Peace

P

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