no route to host on new droplet

  • Posted on October 15, 2014
  • rc870240Asked by rc870240

I’m new to DO and have been struggling for the last few days to get a working droplet up and running. What typically happens is that the droplet is ‘successfully’ created and I can access it from the console on However, if I try to ssh to it from outside of DO I get ‘no route to host’; but, oddly enough, I can ping the droplet from the same system that the ssh failed on. I have an open ticket on this and periodically get a ‘it should be working’ response (it usually isn’t). I want to think that this isn’t typical for DO hosting - any suggestions?

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This is weird behavior, as I am experiencing this right now on a Fedora23 droplet. The firewalld tool lists the interfaces and services in the default firewall zone as open. However, the ports are closed. This might have to do with the empty “Sources” field:

public (active)
  target: default
  icmp-block-inversion: no
  interfaces: eth0 eth1
  services: dhcpv6-client http https imap imaps smtp smtps ssh
  masquerade: no
  rich rules: 

Manually adding the specific port resolves this issue for now:

firewall-cmd --add-port=123333 --permanent

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“Is it possible that your local network or ISP filter port 22? Have you tried setting a custom SSH port?”

+1 for this. You will want to do that anyway.

to change port:

sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

You will see the place where it says the port 22…change that to whatever, then ctrl X and then:

sudo service ssh reload

Then, just to be sure, run (if your alt port was 2010):

 sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -d 0/0 -s 0/0 --dport 2010 -j ACCEPT

Then check your ports here: