Opengear Console Server

Note: This article provides basic, practical examples for various common SSH clients – for more general information on configuring and accessing the Opengear console server via SSH, refer to this article.

SSH provides a convenient and secure means to access the command line of the Opengear device itself, and its connected serial console ports.

A few popular clients covered by this article:

  • PuTTY – a freeware implementation for Windows
  • SecureCRT – a commercial implementation with a free trial for Windows, Mac and Linux
  • OpenSSH command line client (the ssh command) – an open source implementation typically included with MacOS and Linux distributions

PuTTY for Windows

  • Download, optionally install, and run the PuTTY executable
  • Set Connection Type to SSH
  • Set Host Name (or IP address) to the Opengear device's IP address
  • Set Port to 22
  • Click Open
  • To connect to the CLI of the Opengear itself:
    • Login as root or a users or admin group user, e.g.:
      • login as:root
      • Password:default
    • Disconnect by running: exit
  • To connect to a console:
    • Login by adding :serial to your username, e.g.:
      • login as: root:serial
      • Password: default
    • Type a console port number and hit
    • For a complete list of console access conventions including direct access using crafted username and Ports, refer to this article
    • Disconnect with the following escape sequence: ~.

SecureCRT for Mac

  • Download, install and run SecureCRT
  • Set Protocol to SSH2
  • Set Hostname to the Opengear device's IP address
  • Set Port to 22
  • To connect to the CLI of the Opengear itself:
    • Set Username to root or a users or admin group user
    • Click Connect
    • When prompted, enter your user's Password
    • Disconnect by running: exit
  • To connect to a console:
    • Add :serial to your Username, e.g. root:serial
    • Click Connect
    • When prompted, enter your user's Password
    • Type a console port number and hit
    • For a complete list of console access conventions including direct access using crafted username and Ports, refer to this article
    • Disconnect with the following escape sequence: ~.

OpenSSH for Linux

  • Open a terminal window
  • To connect to the CLI of the Opengear itself:
    • Run:
    • .. where root is a users or admin group user (or root), and 192.168.0.1 is the IP address or hostname or your Opengear device
    • When prompted, enter your user's Password
    • Disconnect by running: exit
  • To connect to a console:
    • Run:
  • .. where root is a users or admin group user (or root), and 192.168.0.1 is the IP address or hostname of your Opengear device
  • When prompted, enter your user's Password
  • Type a console port number and hit
  • For a complete list of console access conventions including direct access using crafted username and TCP ports, refer to this article
  • Disconnect with the following escape sequence: ~.
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