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Why SSH works only on the standard port?

When I change the Port in /etc/ssh/sshd_config I get “Connection refused” error. When Port is 22 I can connect to server without any problems. How to fix it?

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After changing the ssh port are you restarting your ssh service?

service ssh restart

Unless the service is restarted the changes to your configuration will not take effect.

I have the same problem. SSH works on port 22, but on other port. I use a LAMP droplet. Did you manage to find an answer?

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I don’t use firewall, It is a new droplet. I follow step by step of this tutorial and earlier all work properly.

Did you open the new port your using in your firewall?

Of course, I restart ssh but it has not affected.


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For others that have this problem: Try using the IP address. I had just transferred the domain to cloudflare and cloudflare blocks everything except http/s traffic. To fix that, use the IP address directly or add a ssh.example.com entry to your DNS records. Or just use your local ~/.ssh/config to set your Host setting to your IP.

Don’t forget firewalls:

  • UFW firewall rules on server.
  • Server Pilot Firewall
  • Local Firewalls ( antivirus, windows)