SSH, also known as "Secure Shell" or "Secure Socket Shell," is a network protocol that gives users a secure way to access a computer over an unsecured network.
Using SSH with your Casa Node 2 allows you to view and interact with the CLI (Command Line Interface) of your Node from your laptop or desktop computer.
Making any changes via the CLI outside of our direct instruction is not recommended. You are free to make alterations to your Node via the CLI (it's your node!) but we cannot promise support or replacement if something does go wrong.
Using SSH with your Casa Node 2 is only needed to help our engineers diagnose rare errors. We do not recommend enabling it other than temporarily if instructed to do so by support staff.
Enabling SSH on the Casa Node 2:
The Casa Node 2 has an SSH on/off toggle button from within the "System" tab in the dashboard. Make sure you enable SSH from your node by toggling the button on!
For Windows users:
If you are using a Windows computer, we ask that you download a program called "Putty" prior to the call. Putty will allow you to connect to your node and display information directly on your Windows computer, and can be downloaded here: https://www.putty.org/
Putty is downloaded, but isn't installed on your machine. It is simply an executable that we will run from the downloads folder. It will get removed whenever you clear out your downloads folder.
Once you've toggled on SSH on your Casa Node 2, you can run the following command in Putty:
sudo systemctl start ssh
Back to the Putty terminal on your laptop, you can:
1. Enter your Casa Node's IP address into the "IP" field.
2. Enter "Port 22" in the "Port" field. Click here for help on how to find your node's IP address.
3. When prompted for the username and password, simply enter in: casa as the username and (your unique node password) as the password
You're now able to view and control your Casa Node's CLI (Command Line Interface) from your Windows computer!
For Mac users:
If you are a Mac user, you can simply use "Terminal," an app that comes pre-loaded with your Mac.
Once you've toggled on SSH on your Casa Node 2, you can open the Terminal App on your Mac laptop or Desktop and type:
ssh casa@(your IP)
For example, if your IP address was 192.168.4.81 you would type "ssh firstname.lastname@example.org" in Terminal. Click here for help on how to find your node's IP address.
When you get this following message, you can type "yes."
When prompted for a password, simply enter in your node's unique password that you use to access the dashboard.
NOTE: The text of your password will not be shown or input in Terminal, but it is being entered as you type.
If all the info is entered correctly, you'll see this:
You're now able to view and control your Casa Node's CLI (Command Line Interface) from your Mac!