Category: System Administration Tasks

Enable SSH on Unifi and Unifi Dream Machine Pro

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Let’s talk about configuring your Unifi Infrastructure for SSH access. There are actually two locations that you’ll need configure SSH from, and this is where it gets a little confusing. I am not totally sure why Ubiquiti chose to this this way, but this is how you do it. Let’s take a look.

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Configure SSH Access to your Unifi Dream Machine or Unifi Dream Machine Pro 

To enable SSH to the UDMP itself, you need to either login to the cloud portal, or directly into the UDMP by it’s local IP. 

You’ll see “Settings” at the bottom, click that.

That will take you to another menu. In the left hand column, click “Advanced” 

 

At the top, you’ll see a toggle to enable SSH. Set your password by clicking the Change Password button .

 

Enter your password twice and click confirm

Let’s test using PuTTY. Open PuTTY and enter the IP for your UDMP. It should prompt you to enter your credentials, you can go ahead and do so. You should now have a console to your UDMP. 

Username: root 

Password: what you set in the previous step 

Once you enter your password, you’ll be at the comand prompt for your UDMP 

 

Configure SSH for Ubiquiti Access Points and Switches 

 

 Login to your Unifi Controller and click the gear icon in the lower left hand corner of your screen 

Click on System Settings 

Scroll down and hit the controller configuration button 

Click the second to last button on the bottom that says Device SSH Authentication. You can hit the toggle to turn it on. Here you can set the username, password etc 

Once you’ve made your changes, click the apply settings button. You can now launch PuTTY and see if you can SSH into one of your Unifi devices. 

We’ll use one of our Access Points for this demo. Put in the IP address and hit Open. 

You’ll be prompted for your username and password that you created above. Enter them and you now be able to login to your UniFi device. 

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