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I have a Netgear FSM726A v2 switch, there are several vlans already configured, and I need to reset to get all the traffic in the same vlan.

I do not have a console cable or telnet access. I tried switching it off and on, pressed the reset button for a while, but nothing changed. I hope there's some way to do a hardware reset.

I do not need to keep the current configuration, I'd rather reset it to the factory defaults. How can I do this?

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Unfortunately the manual doesn't actually cover much more than how to plug the unit in, it doesn't say how to reset the switch to factory defaults. The reset button does nothing but reboot the switch, just like unplugging and plugging back in.

To reset the password you need a console cable:

  1. Plug it in, fire up your favorite terminal software.
  2. Reboot the switch, during boot mash the ESC key.
  3. If prompted what to boot from, select Flash, and continue with previous step.
  4. When you get the ">" prompt, enter "EmergencyPasswordReset"
  5. It'll ask if you're sure, follow the prompts.

This will only reset the password (blank password). That'll get your into the configuration where you can change things to however you like.

On a side note: Most network guys avoid Netgear like the plague because of BS like this. Their equipment is very difficult to configure, uses odd semantics, is completely unintuitive, very poorly documented, and their phone support is just as bad. In the future get ProCurve, Cisco, or even PowerConnect switches.

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thank you... I'll give it a try.. and special thanks for the note... – amyassin Aug 1 '11 at 16:18
and if you excuse me, what do you mean by 'BS' ?? it's in the side note first line... – amyassin Aug 1 '11 at 23:16
BS = "Bulbus Stercum" (a Latin term large amounts of fecal material). – Chris S Aug 2 '11 at 2:07
lol thank you man – amyassin Aug 2 '11 at 9:49

HERE's the manual, there appears to be a section on how to do just that.

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actually the manual says that 'The reset will not change any of the switch's configuration, nor will it save any changes to the configuration.'... I guess those in NETGEAR don't wanna this feature on.. thanks on the manual... – amyassin Aug 1 '11 at 16:17
In the other manual it describes how to do a "Tools> Restore Factory Defaults"; - these were very easy to find by the way, first page of google search for "FSM726A manual", this site is for professional IT people, who normally come here once they've covered the basics. – Chopper3 Aug 1 '11 at 16:27
@Chopper3, that assumes she knows the password to the device. If not, the manuals don't say how to reset the password. She didn't say if she knew the password or not however. – Chris S Aug 1 '11 at 17:02
thanks for the manuals @chopper3 ,, but actually i wanted a way to do a hardware reset, without the need to login via a console or telnet.. and it seems like none of those manuals describes such thing... – amyassin Aug 1 '11 at 17:02
@AMY, if you know the password, the WebGUI is the easiest by far. – Chris S Aug 1 '11 at 17:04

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