EdgeRouter - Enable the Telnet Service


Readers will learn how to enable the Telnet service on an EdgeRouter.

  • Applicable to the latest EdgeOS firmware on all EdgeRouter models.

Enabling the Telnet Service

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Telnet is disabled by default because it is a less secure option that does not encrypt the user credentials while authenticating to the device. Whenever possible, use the default enabled SSH protocol to manage the EdgeRouter.

GUI: Access the EdgeRouter Web UI.

1. Navigate to the System tab in the bottom-left corner of the Web UI.

2. Enable the Telnet service on the default port.

System > Telnet Server> Enable

Enabled: checked
Port: 23

The above configuration can also be set using the CLI:

CLI: Access the Command Line Interface.You can do this using the CLI button in the GUI or by using a program such as PuTTY.

1. Enter configuration mode.


2. Enable the Telnet service on the default port.

set service telnet port 23

3. Commit the changes and save the configuration.

commit ; save

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