Ok, I'm about to tear my hair out. While I was in the hospital last year, my router in my dental office died, and I had to have a local IT guy come out and replace it. I gave him the password and had him duplicate all the existing settings for the new Cisco EA3500 router.
Fast forward a year later, I just discovered the roach motel next door has piggybacked a Netgear expander on to my public WiFi network! So now I'm trying to login to my router and block that stupid expander, but my password doesn't work!!! The only thing I can think of is that the IT guy did not type in my old password exactly like the old one (it was a 14 character password that included upper and lower case letters). They claim they used the exact same password, but clearly they did not.
So, I know I can reset the stupid thing, but I have spent HOURS and HOURS over the years tweaking my little office network so certain employees/MAC addresses can access (or not access) parts of my network or Internet. In hindsight I should have specifically told the IT guy to save the config file after he got it all set up, then I could just reset the router and import the settings.
I obviously have physical access to the router. Is there a way to determine the password without a brute force attack? I have tried every combination of the old password I can think of with no luck. I am just sick at the idea of having to go back and set this thing up again from scratch.