Out of Band Connections to Remote Ports made easy.


Dan Baxter, Senior Sales Engineer at Opengear, shows how flexible Opengear solutions are when you want to connect to remote ports.You can use a command line interface like PuTTY or Terminal.

If you prefer a GUI, it’s built into our device browser. You can use port labels in the connection stream such as Port name, Port number, and TCP port number. Dan closes the video with some tips and tricks that will make your life easier.


Hello, Dan Baxter, Senior Sales Engineer with Opengear here. I’d like to talk to you today about making connections to remote ports. Opengear provides you with flexible options to make connections. You can use a CLI-based client like puTTy or Terminal. Or, if you prefer a graphical interface, we have a web terminal built in to the browser of the device. We also allow you to use port labels within the connection string such as port name, port number, or TCP port number. Let take a look.

In puTTy, you do this by simply inserting a colon and “port01” for physical port one. Remember the zero there. And if you know the label of the device you could, for instance, put in “cisco_2600”, if that’s the port name, and connect using that port label.

You can also use a TCP port by replacing the default port 22 in the client with 3001 for port 1 and 3002 for port 2. In secureCRT we have two sessions here. One with port name, one with the port TCP number. In order to use the port name you can simply look at the session here – has “root:port01” already set up. You can replace that with the label if you know it. Put in your password and you’ll connect on through. If you wanted to use the TCP port number, you just simply need to go into the properties of that session and change the default port number of SSH, for the session from 22 to 3001 for port one, and that will connect you through.

In Terminal, it’s very similar for the port labels. You could use the colon port label, if you know that. You can use “:port01″, for instance, for port 1. But using a TCP port number is a little bit different. You’ll use -p for the port, put in 3001 , and -l for the user and you can just simply put in the IP address and connect.

Again if you prefer a graphical interface, built into the web browser is a web terminal under “Manage” and “Devices”. You’ll see the link for “Web Terminal”. Click it, and it will open up a web session for you.

Now let’s talk a little bit about some tips and tricks.

#1 Always log out before closing a session. This is because you don’t want the session left open on an enabled prompt when the next person logs in.

#2 Press enter once connected. This is just a way to start the session. You’ll get a login prompt from the attached device.

#3 Name your ports. It just makes it easier to connect if you know your device name.

Well, Thanks a lot and I hope you found this valuable.

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