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Starting a Connection

  1. Enter the address of the computer you want to connect to in the 'Remote Address' field.
  2. Change the port number to whatever port the SSH server on the remote computer is listening to. If you don't know, leave it on 22, this is the default.
  3. Enter your User's short name in the User field.
  4. Enter the user's password into the password field.
  5. Save your settings if you want.
  6. Click connect.

Closing a connection without iSSH

To close a connection, just click 'Disconnect'.

If you closed iSSH without disconecting, just open iSSH again and then click 'Disconnect'

Port Forwarding

You can use port forwarding to connect to a specific port on the remote copmputer over SSH using port 22. A common use of this is with a VNC server. If you run a VNC server on the remote computer, you can forward port 5900. Then, with the VNC client on the local computer, you can connect to port 5900 on the localhost and it will be forwarded to port 5900 on the remote host.


You can use the built in SOCKS proxy of any OpenSSH server with this option. If you choose port 8080 in iSSH, you would change the SOCKS proxy settings for the network adapter you're using in Sysytem Preferences to use the address 'localhost' and port '8080'. This will tunnel all internet traffic over the SSH connection. This is handy for if you are connected to an insecure wi-fi hotspot. The data sent over the tunnel is encrypted and anyone snooping on the wi-fi will not see it. Also, if you're on a network that has website blocking and filters, you can use this method to bypass them easily. (Works for most standard web filters).