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Cisco 2960 password recovery

Finally i found the easiest way for Cisco 2960 password recovery. The Cisco 2960 and 2950 model have a mode button which can be use to do recovery for the forgotten password.

How to Cisco 2960 Password Recovery

Firstly you may need to check on the Cisco switch mode button on the right side of the ports, You just need to push the button for only about two minutes. The light status will change from amber blinking on the syst led to the green led light. This method works 100% for both Cisco 2960 and 2950 password recovery.

cisco 2960 password recovery

Mode Button:
The mode button is used to select one of the port modes: status mode, duplex mode or speed mode. To select or change a mode, press the Mode button until the desired mode is highlighted. The purpose of the LED is dependant upon the port mode setting.


Port Status, or STAT, the Default Port Mode:
Off: No link, or port was administratively shut down.
Green: Link present.
Blinking green: Port is transmitting or receiving data.
Alternating green-amber: Link fault. Error frames can affect connectivity, and errors such as excessive collisions, CRC errors, and alignment and jabber errors are monitored for a link-fault indication.
Amber: Port is blocked by Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) and is not forwarding data.
Blinking amber: Port is blocked by STP but continues to transmit and receive inter-switch information messages.

There is alternative if this method doesn’t work, just completely unplug the power supply and before plug in back the power chord, hold down the button and turn on the power then you will see amber light blinking don’t release it yet until the led turn into green. Hope you guys can do it as I don’t have any problem using this method for Cisco 2960 password recovery.

Some information about Cisco 2960 Switch

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Intelligent Ethernet Switches are suitable for small and medium-sized networks. They provide 10/100 Fast Ethernet and 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN connectivity.


Shows whether the system is receiving power and is working properly.
Green: The system is working properly.
Amber: The system is receiving power but is not working properly.

The redundant power system (RPS) LED shows the RPS status.
Green: The RPS is connected and ready to provide back-up power, if required.
Blinking green: The RPS is connected but is unavailable because it is providing power to another device.
Amber: The RPS is in standby mode or in a fault condition.
Blinking amber: The internal power supply in a switch has failed, the RPS is providing power to the switch.

Port Status LED:
Port LEDs display information about the switch and about the individual ports.

Duplex LED:Switch LEDs
Port duplex mode, or DUPLX, is either full duplex or half duplex.
– Off: Port is operating in half duplex.
– Green: Port is operating in full duplex.

Speed LED:
SPEED mode: The 10/100 ports, 10/100/1000 ports and SPF module ports operating speeds.
For 10/100 ports:
– Off: Port is operating at 10 Mbps.
– Green: Port is operating at 100 Mbps.

For 10/100/1000 ports:
– Off: Port is operating at 10 Mbps.
– Green: Port is operating at 100 Mbps.
– Blinking green: Port is operating at 1000 Mbps.

For SFP module ports:
– Off: Port is operating at 10 Mbps.
– Green: Port is operating at 100 Mbps.
– Blinking green: Port is operating at 1000 Mbps.

The 10/100 Ethernet ports can be set to support speeds of 10 or 100 Mbps.
The 10/100/1000 ports operate at 10, 100, or 1000 Mbps. Source (Cisco)


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