When I got the GS728TP I was fairly surprised that Netgear claimed the only way to configure it was through their web management interface. While the web interface is fine for basic configuration, it is slow and freezes if you don’t let the page load completely before clicking. I was not satisfied with this being the only configuration option and luckily found an alternative.
- Enable Telnet
In the manual, Netgear mentions that you can enable telnet “for diagnostic purposes.” To do this, go to Maintenance > Troubleshooting > Remote Diagnostics.
Once you have telnet enabled, connect to it using your favorite telnet client. (Putty works great on Windows). The password is whatever you use to login to the web interface.
Password: <web interface password> (default: password)
- Enter Configuration Mode
Once you are logged in, you will be at a command prompt with the name of your switch followed by
configto enter configuration mode.
- Enable SSH
ip ssh serverto enable ssh access. When you press enter, it will save the configuration immediately, and you will see something like
27-Jan-2016 16:16:41 %COPY-N-LOGGINGFILECOPYSTOP: stop log messages related to file copy operations
27-Jan-2016 16:16:43 %COPY-N-LOGGINGFILECOPY: start log messages related to file copy operations
Wait for this to finish before issuing another command.
- Enable Password Auth
Next, enable password authentication by typing
ip ssh password-auth. Again, you will see messages while it saves the configuration.
- Change SSH Port (optional)
You can optionally change the SSH port by typing
ip ssh port <port number>.
- Change SSH Timeout
You can view and change the SSH timeout (as well as other options) from the command line. Enter
configmode and then type
line ssh. The prompt will now show
do show line sshto view the current configuration, and you’ll see that by default the SSH timeout is 10 minutes. You can increase it to 60 minutes with
If you want to setup public key authentication, you can try following this guide I found. I have not verified that this works on the GS728TP, but I suspect that it would.