About six months ago, I set up two D-Link DGS-1224T Gigabit Ethernet switches for work. However, I neglected to record the new password for one of the two switches. I spent an hour trying to remember the missing password a week ago before giving up. Today I tried again, and on the 12th or 13th guess, I finally got it.
The password explosion problem most of us face is quite annoying. I’m landing more and more in Bruce Schneier’s camp regarding what to do with the explosion of passwords, that is, write them down. Every now and then, I think about using a password generator (see this cool demo), but I haven’t committed to using this yet. It looks like I can save the password generator page for local viewing and use on my Treo 680, though, so I’m going to ponder this some more.
A quick word about the DGS-1224T: this Gig-E switch hits the sweet spot for me in that it supports all the heavy-duty performance and security features I care about (jumbo frames, 802.1Q VLAN tagging, 802.3ad link aggregation) at a rock-bottom price for a smart switch. The pair of switches have been rock-solid so far.