SSH enables you to log in to a remote host securely, primarily by system administrators. The log-in process could be slow or is not fast enough for you. The slowness adds up if you need to log in many times a day remotely as part of your daily job.

There are a few ways to speed up authenticating to a remote SSH server which you can implement from both the client and server-side.

Steps to speed up SSH authentication:

  1. Disable reverse DNS lookup for SSH server.

    SSH server could be configured to perform a reverse DNS lookup of incoming connection which could delay the log in process.

  2. Disable GSSAPI authentication on SSH server.

    SSH server might have to check if you're using GSSAPI authentication even if you're conecting via other authentication method.

  3. Share and reuse SSH connection via multiplexing.

    multiplexing allows sharing and reuse of SSH connection which could significantly speed up remote SSH server access.

  4. Manually specify authentication method from SSH client.

    SSH client will try multiple authentication methods unless manually specified.

  5. Use passwordless authentication method.

    Not having to manually key in username and password during log in will speed up SSH authentication.