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Using SSH

Secure Shell (SSH) is a cryptographic network protocol for operating network services securely over an unsecured network. The best known example application is for remote login to computer systems by users. Sometime you need to have basic tools to SSH to the server. This guide is about how to SSH login to the GL.iNet routers.

For Windows User

There are many tools, like Windows PowerShell, PuTTY, Bitvise.

Using Bitvise

Using PuTTY

1. Download PuTTY

Go to the following webpage to download the latest PuTTY version:

2. Install PuTTY

install putty

install putty

install putty

install putty

3. Launch PuTTY

Click PuTTY in Start Menu

launch putty

You will see the following Configuration Window:

putty interface

Input Host Name (or IP address), keep Port as default 22, select connection type: SSH,

Input Your Session in saved sessions, and Save your content.

putty interface

Click Open at the bottom

putty security alert

A security alert will pop-up, click Yes.

login as:root

Then input your admin password

Note: You need to use your password which you set up the router at the first time

ssh successfully

When you see above picture, that means you are now SSH login the router successfully.

For Linux/Mac User

The process on Linux and Mac OS are generally the same. Below we use Ubuntu as an example.

ubuntu terminal

1. Launch Terminal

Click the Terminal icon to launch Terminal. Then, input the following command:

ssh root@

If you have ever connected to another router, host key verification failed may displayed as follow:

remote host identification has changed

If this happens, run the command in the red box. Please copy the exact command which is displayed in your terminal.

ssh-keygen -f "~/.ssh/known_hosts" -R ""

ssh update known_hosts

You may also encounter the following error when connecting:

Unable to negotiate with port 22: no matching host key type found. Their offer: ssh-rsa
This error is due to a change in the Openssh package from version 8.8. To fix it, open the ~/.ssh/config file with a text editor (you can use for example Nano or Vim) and add the following lines:

    HostkeyAlgorithms +ssh-rsa
    PubkeyAcceptedAlgorithms +ssh-rsa
Make sure to change the host IP if it is not the default one.

2. Log In Router

Retry the SSH login command:

ssh root@

ssh login

Type "yes"

ssh login

Input your router password: (you can set this password when you first connect to your router)

ssh login successfully

Finally, you login the router when the above message displayed.


No matching host key type found. Their offer: ssh-rsa