Putty Network Error: Connection Refused – Raspberry pi

Connection refused” generally means the sshd daemon isn’t running, and/or isn’t listening on port 22. One reason you might be getting “connection refused” is because you’re pointing to the wrong IP.

You can get the IP address by executing “ifconfig” in the terminal. You’re going to need to connect a monitor and keyboard in order to configure it. You also need to run “raspi-config” command to enable SSH.

Enable SSH

sudo raspi-config

Select number -> 5 Interfacing Options > P2 SSH> Enable SSH

Run ifconfig on the Raspberry Pi. Try Putty with that IP address.


I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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