Disable Password Access on an Ubiquiti Edgerouter

April 22, 2019

Estimated time: 1m Difficulty: 3/5

Users who have set up SSH-key access to their Ubiquiti Edgerouter may want to add another layer of security by disabling password-access completely. This guide explains how to do that.

Step 1

Log in using your SSH key. A user named charles, for example, would log into a device at by typing:

      ssh charles@

WAIT Before disabling password access, make absolutely sure that you can log into your Edgerouter using an SSH key. A guide explaining how to set this up can be found here. If you are asked for a password when you log in, stop: You do not have key access set up properly. If you are logged in without being asked for a password, key access is working properly.

Step 2

Having logged in, run the following commands to switch off password access:

set service ssh disable-password-authentication

Step 3

That’s it. You should now be able to log in using SSH-key access only.


macOS: 10.14.4
EdgeOS: 2.0.1
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