Ubiquiti – AirOS applying changes over ssh

When applying changes over ssh you’ll need to “write” or “save” the changes. Usually you’ll edit the /tmp/system.cfg config file and then save the changes with one of the following commands.

/usr/etc/rc.d/rc.softrestart save
cfgmtd -f /tmp/system.cfg -w && reboot

rc.softrestart has some advantages. It does not require the radio to reboot when making changes to things like SNMP or the device name.

It does seem to have issues sometimes with certain changes. The following happened when attempting to replace the whole /tmp/system.cfg with a previous backup config.

XM.v6.1.8# XM.v6.1.8# /usr/etc/rc.d/rc.softrestart save
]--- /tmp/.running.cfg.972
+++ /tmp/.system.cfg.972
@@ -1,110 +1,256 @@
... more random stuff ...
Fast system script build Success.
Fast syslog script build Success.
Fast users script build Success.
Fast poepass script build Success.
Fast resolv script build Success.
do_radio_fast_script: rname wifi0
Unsuported change in radio.1.dfs.status for fast update
Fast radio script build failed
Fixup Startup_list …Done.
Welcome back!
[ubnt@localhost] > 

If you have issues applying changes with the softrestart, you can try it with cfgmtd. Downside is the radio does reboot.

cfgmtd -f /tmp/system.cfg -w && reboot 

You could potentially take the reboot off the end of the above command, but have had random issues in the past where the only way to fix it was a physical reboot. Having the radio reboot after applying the config seems to resolve the issue

Ubiquiti AirOS 8.5.12 disable Wireless Security

It appears that with one of the latest 8.5 updates that you can no longer change Wireless Security to none from the web interface. Work around is to disable it in a config then apply the config. You can do this from the command line or upload a config under the System tab.

Web Interface

Go to the System tab, backup configuration

open configuration in a text editor and change
“aaa.1.status=enabled” to “aaa.1.status=disabled”

Upload Configuration and Apply to device

Command line

ssh admin@
sed -i '/aaa.1.status=enabled/aaa.1.status=disabled/g' /tmp/system.cfg
/usr/etc/rc.d/rc.softrestart save

The above should be it, or you can manually edit “/tmp/system.cfg” and change the following line




Save changes

/usr/etc/rc.d/rc.softrestart save

Ubiquiti AirOS – “test” changes from command line

The following is a method to recover from a command that may inadvertenly make a radio go offline.

The idea is to launch a process in the background that sleeps for 5 minutes and then reboots the radio, so any changes not saved will be reverted. If the changes were successful, you’ll just need to log back in and kill the background process to keep the device from rebooting.

This can be helpful if your changing networking settings using ifconfig, trying to change routes, or something went wrong while trying to apply a system.cfg setting.


sleep 300 && reboot &

Execute whatever command you need to. i.e.


If your command worked you can log back into the device and search for the process id of the sleep command and kill it so the radio doesn’t reboot.

ps | grep sleep

Example output

2XC.v8.5.12# ps | grep sleep
412 admin 1636 S sleep 500
414 admin 1640 S grep sleep

Kill the pid

kill 412

Configure AirOS SNMP settings over ssh

ubntmod command with save without rebooting.

./ubntmod.sh -i -s "private;monitor@incredigeek.com;[30.69636, -88.04811]" -X '/usr/etc/rc.d/rc.softrestart save'


ssh ubnt@

Open config file

vi /tmp/system.cfg

Find the SNMP settings and modify as needed. Example below

snmp.location=[30.69636, -88.04811]

Save and exit file with :x

Apply settings

/usr/etc/rc.d/rc.softrestart save