Version 7 (modified by Jamie McClelland, 12 years ago) (diff)


In XO/Bandcon Serial Console access

Note: if you are trying to connect to a server in our Telehouse facility, see our Telehouse serial access page.

More detailed instructions are coming!

Physical Setup

Console server:

  • Port 1: pianeta (asm)
  • Port 2: axiom (CritPath)
  • Port 3:
  • Port 4: bufflehead (Riseup)
  • Port 5: ottorene.mayfirst.rg
  • Port 6:

Connecting to your serial console


Replace PORTNUMBER with 3000 plus the number of your port. For example:

ssh -p 3001

If doesn't work, try for the hostname instead.

Access is available via password or key based auth.

Connecting to paley as sysadmin

You can also connect directly via paley with:

connect direct deviceport 1

Escape sequences

To exit from a direction connect, type ctrl-A (that's control and shift-a).

To get the sysrq menu, type ctrl-B.

Creating a new serial line/user

These need to be improved - not sure how to do this via the command line - so far I'm doing this via the web interface at

  1. Configure the device by going to Devices -> Device Port. Then select the port you want to configure and click configure
    • Provide a name (after the server name)
    • Check the box that says ssh in
    • Change Baud to 115200
  2. Configure the user by doing to User Authentication -> Local/Remote Users and click Add/Edit User
    • Enter a login (servername-console)
    • Create a password
    • Change the listen, data, and clear port settings to just the number of the port they should have access to
    • Enable web access
  3. Configure ssh key access
    • Place the user's public key on a server accessible by password-based scp
    • Edit the username portion of the ssh key line (that last part - separated by a space from the key). Change the username to be the username they will be logging in as on the console server. The portion after the @ sign can be anything (but must be included).
    • Via the web interface, click User Authentication -> SSH users
    • Leave host blank. Enter the target username in the user field
    • Fill out all fields in the Host and Login for import form.
    • Click apply