So, I've been using SSH from an Ubuntu desktop to access my Raspberry Pi over the LAN using the command:


or occasionally

ssh -YC

I'll be moving in a few days, and the Pi isn't going with me, so I need to be able to access the Pi from a remote network, over the internet. I've tried forwarding port 22 on my router, but when trying:

ssh <external ip>

I get:

ssh: connect to host <external ip> port 22: Connection refused

I don't know what information might be helpful to provide, but looking around some similar questions "netstat -tlpn" is usually useful:

Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State       PID/Program name
tcp        0      0    *               LISTEN      2733/lighttpd   
tcp        0      0    *               LISTEN      15009/pure-ftpd (SE
tcp        0      0    *               LISTEN      20234/sshd      
tcp        0      0 *               LISTEN      3433/python     
tcp        0      0*               LISTEN      2993/mysqld

My ssh_config may also be useful, so here is that, in full:

# Package generated configuration file
# See the sshd_config(5) manpage for details

# What ports, IPs and protocols we listen for
Port 22
# Use these options to restrict which interfaces/protocols sshd will bind to
ListenAddress ::
Protocol 2
# HostKeys for protocol version 2
HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key
HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_dsa_key
HostKey /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ecdsa_key
#Privilege Separation is turned on for security
UsePrivilegeSeparation yes

# Lifetime and size of ephemeral version 1 server key
KeyRegenerationInterval 3600
ServerKeyBits 768

# Logging
SyslogFacility AUTH
LogLevel INFO

# Authentication:
LoginGraceTime 120
PermitRootLogin yes
StrictModes yes

RSAAuthentication yes
PubkeyAuthentication yes
#AuthorizedKeysFile     %h/.ssh/authorized_keys

# Don't read the user's ~/.rhosts and ~/.shosts files
IgnoreRhosts yes
# For this to work you will also need host keys in /etc/ssh_known_hosts
RhostsRSAAuthentication no
# similar for protocol version 2
HostbasedAuthentication no
# Uncomment if you don't trust ~/.ssh/known_hosts for RhostsRSAAuthentication
#IgnoreUserKnownHosts yes

# To enable empty passwords, change to yes (NOT RECOMMENDED)
PermitEmptyPasswords no

# Change to yes to enable challenge-response passwords (beware issues with
# some PAM modules and threads)
ChallengeResponseAuthentication no

# Change to no to disable tunnelled clear text passwords
#PasswordAuthentication yes

# Kerberos options
#KerberosAuthentication no
#KerberosGetAFSToken no
#KerberosOrLocalPasswd yes
#KerberosTicketCleanup yes

# GSSAPI options
#GSSAPIAuthentication no
#GSSAPICleanupCredentials yes

X11Forwarding yes
X11DisplayOffset 10
PrintMotd no
PrintLastLog yes
TCPKeepAlive yes
#UseLogin no

#MaxStartups 10:30:60
#Banner /etc/issue.net

# Allow client to pass locale environment variables
AcceptEnv LANG LC_*

Subsystem sftp /usr/lib/openssh/sftp-server

# Set this to 'yes' to enable PAM authentication, account processing,
# and session processing. If this is enabled, PAM authentication will
# be allowed through the ChallengeResponseAuthentication and
# PasswordAuthentication.  Depending on your PAM configuration,
# PAM authentication via ChallengeResponseAuthentication may bypass
# the setting of "PermitRootLogin without-password".
# If you just want the PAM account and session checks to run without
# PAM authentication, then enable this but set PasswordAuthentication
# and ChallengeResponseAuthentication to 'no'.
UsePAM yes

Many thanks to anyone who can help!

  • Did you test your port forwarding from within your network, or from outside? Some routers will not apply the port forwarding if packets are coming from inside the network itself. Also try using a none-reserved port on the router as incoming port (also slightly more secure) – Gerben Jul 10 '13 at 13:59
  • Is your public (external) IP address static, or dynamic? If it is dynamic, it will change every once in awhile and cause you issues. Typically your ISP will charge a little extra for a static address. – Butters Jul 10 '13 at 14:52
  • Also verify that iptables is not blocking the traffic. Stop the service with service iptables stop and try again if it works, you will want to modify your iptables config to allow SSH from anywhere (Or your remote address if it is static) rather than not running the service. – Butters Jul 10 '13 at 14:55
  • If you have access to a server on the internet, you could always have the Pi reverse ssh to that server, and then ssh from the server to the Pi with ease. – demure Jul 10 '13 at 20:41
  • Thanks for the comments everyone. I didn't get any email notifications so I assumed there were no responses... Will try out these suggestions now I know they're here! – LordSputnik Sep 12 '13 at 23:46

One thing to check is to make sure that you test connecting via SSH from another computer on a different internet connection. I found with some routers that they reject internal users from connecting via the external IP but allow you to actually connect via the external IP to SSH in.

You can likely try this via a mobile phone (I know androids allow you to access SSH with an application).

Hope this helps ;)

  • This hasn't worked for me I'm afraid. The Pi is up, but I can't connect across the internet from another network. Thanks for the suggestion though! – LordSputnik Sep 12 '13 at 23:50
  • Have you port forwarded your router? – Ryan Walmsley Sep 13 '13 at 6:26
  • Yes, port 22 is forwarded for the Pi. – LordSputnik Sep 14 '13 at 11:59
  • your ISP's router might still be in between you 'll need to forward that aswell. Also: some ISP's block port 22 – Havnar Mar 3 '16 at 12:47

Another workaround is to use a simple vpn like Logmein-Hamachi or NeoRouter.

You would need to install the same software on the machine you are connecting from. This would give you a virtual network with the Pi.

NeoRouter can be installed through the RaspberryPi store.

Hamachi requires a free Logmein account. You can connect up to 5 devices to the same virtual network without having to pay for it.

Really quick instructions for installing Hamachi:

$ sudo apt-get install lsb-core
$ sudo wget https://secure.logmein.com/labs/logmein-hamachi_2.1.0.130-1_armhf.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i logmein-hamachi_2.1.0.130-1_armhf.deb
$ sudo hamachi login
$ sudo hamachi attach xxx@mydomain.com
$ sudo hamachi set-nick "ZZZ"

xxx@domain.com is your logmein email address ZZZ can be almost anything

Install Hamachi on the computer you wish to connect with.

From there, you can create a network and connect the two machines right on Logmein's webpage.

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