Friday, May 27, 2016

Reset Cisco PIX 501 to Factory Settings

I recently had to reset my Cisco PIX 501 to it's factory settings. I had trouble getting the 501's web interface to work. I think more modern web browsers are blocking its access. So, I had to revert to the terminal connection. It wasn't hard, but directions are rather limited, so I decided to write this post.

Steps to Reset to Factory Settings

This is the older version of this cable.  Cisco
now has a newer version, but this is what came with the 501
  1. Find the Console Cable (Blue cable with serial connection dongle). This was my biggest problem!
  2. Plug the serial side into a old desktop computer, and RJ side into the 501 terminal port
  3. In Windows, bring up Hyperterminal.
  4. Use the default Hyperterminal settings, 9600, 8, N, 1
  5. Once the Cisco shows up within Hyperterminal, go into the configure terminal mode, by typing:

    (then enter your password)

    Once you get authenicated, you should see the pound sign show up at the command prompt, like this:

  6. To get into configuration mode, type:

    conf t
  7. Finally, to start the process, type:

    configure factory-default
  8. Wait for the unit to reboot and you should be set with a factory-set 501.

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