Telnet help.

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by rural_cdn, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. rural_cdn

    rural_cdn Serious Server Member

    I have a asus RT-N16 with TomatoUSB (toastman) and I can't figure out how to telnet into my router. Or SSH either. :mad:

    I've used both putty and the MS client (win 7) and I just keep getting told it's an incorrect log in. The logs show nothing for Telnet, but SHH shows something...

    Apr 17 17:08:59 ROUTER dropbear[7280]: Running in background
    Apr 17 17:09:32 ROUTER dropbear[7291]: Child connection from
    Apr 17 17:09:51 ROUTER authpriv.warn dropbear[7291]: Login attempt for nonexistent user from

    I've used the same user and password for years on my router, not sure what's going on.
  2. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    The login name you need to use is "root", the password is "admin" (or whatever you've changed the password to in the GUI).

    You can use this login/password in the HTTP GUI too, but I believe some others are accepted.
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  3. dc361

    dc361 Network Guru Member

    You could do an 'nvram show |grep http_passwd' in Tools -> System to see what the current value is...

    And, for the record -- I think it should be stored encrypted.
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  4. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    I like the idea of storing it encrypted, but it has saved my bacon a couple of times to be able to SSH in with a key and retrieve the password. :)

    The web GUI will accept either "root" or "admin" for the username. Telnet and SSH will only accept "root".
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  5. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    This has been discussed. Solving this without breaking existing installations is a little tricky.
  6. rural_cdn

    rural_cdn Serious Server Member

    Huge thanks to all, I had no idea to use 'root', I was using 'admin' same as my web interface. My linux days are a few years back. :D

    So if I change the password for my web interface account, 'admin', I will assume it changes the 'root' account.

    At any rate, I got in, now to remember what I was trying to do in the first place. :(
  7. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    Yes, they're really the same account. For whatever reason, the web GUI lets you log in to that same account as either admin or root.
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