So you’ve got yourself a shiny new Chumby Device and want to know how to connect to it over SSH so you can start testing all the cool Flash apps your building for it (obviously this would be the first thing anyone would think to do, not, I don’t know, playing with the device or loading it up with hundreds of cool apps that other people have created.. I digress..) The first, and most important, step in this process is to make sure that you Enable SSH on your Chumby device. Luckily for you, I have written a couple of blog posts outlining just how to do this on a number of Chumby devices.
Once SSH is enabled on your device, you will need to get your hands on an SSH client (this is what allows you to connect to the device and enter commands). How you accomplish this will depend on whether you are using a Mac or a PC:
If you’re a Mac:
You already have SSH installed on your computer. To use it, open an application called “Terminal.” Once you have terminal open, you simply type “SSH” (without the quotes) followed by the address of your device, “-l” (which is the argument for login name), and finally the login name, which for all Chumby devices is simply “root” (without the quotes). The command should look something like this:
ssh your.chumbys.ip.address -l root
Simply type that in at the command prompt (the entry line in your Terminal app) and hit enter. If everything was keyed in correctly, you should now be connected to your Chumby device and ready to make it do your bidding!
If you’re a PC:
You will need to download and install an SSH client (I use a free one called PuTTY). Once you have your SSH client up and running, you will need to enter “email@example.com” (ex: firstname.lastname@example.org) in the filed labeled “HostName”, and select “SSH” as the connection type. Once all your info is keyed in, hit the “Open” button. If everything was entered correctly, you should now have an open terminal window and be connected to your Chumby device!
Where to go from here?
- Check out the Tips and Tricks section of the Chumby Wiki for all sorts of cool things you can do over SSH
- Learn how to test and debug your own Flash apps on your Chumby Device
- Get started creating your very first Chumby Widget