one of the very old tricks, that’s even documented is how to simulate ctrl-break on newer PCs to break into ROMMON during router/switch boot.

instead of fighting with SecureCRT on MacOS, I just used it recently.

basically, you:

  • disconnect terminal from the device
  • turn device off
  • set terminal to 1200 (yes, you read this right), 8N1 and no flow control
  • turn device on
  • press SPACE for 10-15 seconds (basically, until your terminal drops out some unreadable characters)
  • reconfig terminal to 9600 8N1 and you should be in ROMMON

yes, I’m old.