network-quick-start - Quick Start Guide for Networking


The network(8) is a very powerful command that allows you to configure the entire networking stack. Unfortunately that makes it quite complicated to use as well.

This guide tries to be a good starting point to set up basic networking with the network command.

The first step is to create a new uplink zone with name upl0.

This zone will be of the network-zone-bridge(8) type which is the default for all local networks.

# network zone new upl0 bridge

The zone will be created and brought up immediately.

Attaching Ports

To connect the zone to the physical world outside of our box we will need to attach ports to the zone. That is done with a single command. To execute this command, we will need to know which ports are available. One of the easiest way to find out about that is to use the auto-completion feature of the shell like this:

# network zone upl0 port attach [TAB] [TAB]

That will list all not yet attached ports. The following command will actually attach the port (which is p0 in this example).

# network zone upl0 port attach p0

You can as well get a list of all detected devices, zones and ports by running:

# network device list

To a zone of the bridge type you may attach more than just one port if you wish to.

IP Connectivity

After a zone has been created and ports have been attached, you are now able to add IP connectivity.

The easiest way to do that is using DHCP which can be enabled by this simple command:

# network zone upl0 config new dhcp


You may see the current status of the network by running this command:

# network status

The entire network can be restarted by running:

# network restart


Michael Tremer