How-to factory reset SMC TigerSwitch 8624T (and others)

“Luckily” for me, i got my hands on a SMC TigerSwitch 10/100/1000 T8624T. Unfortunaly it was password protected, so here is a short how to on factory resetting the device.

So if you dont know your password to the switch, then you’ll have to reset it to factory defaults.

To do this you’ll need a serial cable (RS-232). Connect it to the switch and connect to the COM port through for example Putty

When connected to the console, power on the switch. As soon as the switch boots press CTRL + U. This will take you to the system file menu.

Now press D to delete a file. Just let the filename be emptry and press Enter. Now press Y to confirm to delete the startup-configuration. If it dosnt choose the startup file just write the name of the startup-file instead.

Press Q to quit the system file menu. The switch will now boot. Alternativly give it a power cycle.

Default username and password

The default username and password on the T8624T is:
Username: admin
Password: admin

If its not working try with password = smcadmin

Documents

Enjoy your “new” switch. If you would like some information about the switch, then take a look here
If you’re not familiare with configuring SMC switches, then i think you’ll get a long way with the installation guide here (not for this exact switch, but it will work :-)) or with the management guide here (for the 8624T)

Peace out!

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