How to Reset Cisco 2960 to Default With a Forgotten Password

Written by jon stefansson
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The Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Ethernet switch is designed for medium-scale computer networking across a small business or branch office. You might want to reset your Cisco 2960 if you lose access to its IP address, or if you forget your login credentials. The 2960 reverts to its factory settings when you initiate the reset procedure. Running the Express Setup application helps reconfigure it for your local area network.

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  1. 1

    Locate the "Mode" button on the front of the switch, on the left hand side.

  2. 2

    Hold down "Mode" with your finger. The LEDs above begin blinking after three seconds.

  3. 3

    Keep your finger on the "Mode" button until the LEDs stop flashing, usually after about seven seconds.

  4. 4

    Release the "Mode" button. The switch resets itself, including its login password.

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