is there a hard reset for the ap 330 or an interupt before the first password is required

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look for the pin hole on the 330

When a device ships from the factory, it is loaded with a default config file, which acts initially as the running and current configs. If you enter and save any commands, the device then stores a separate config file as the current config, combining the default settings with the commands you entered and saved. If you want to return to the default settings, you can press the reset button or enter the reset config command. A device might also return to the default config if both the current and backup configs fail to load, which might happen if you update the HiveOS firmware to an image that cannot work with either config.

Reverting to the default config can be very useful, especially in the early stages when you are still learning about HiveOS and are likely to be experimenting with different settings. However, retaining the ability of a device to revert to its default settings after its deployment poses two potential liabilities:

A device deployed as a mesh point in a hive cannot use the default config to rejoin its hive. Consequently, it will not be able to get an IP address through DHCP nor be able to communicate with HiveManager (assuming that you are managing it through HiveManager). In this case, you would have to make a serial connection to the console port on the device and reconfigure its hive settings through the CLI.
A thief could steal a device, reset its configuration to the default settings, and then log in using the default user name and password (admin, aerohive). At that point, the thief has complete admin control.

By using a bootstrap config, you can avoid both of the above situations.