Add a Connection from a Port to the Cloud Router

If you are present in a shared data center location and have already provisioned a PacketFabric port, then you can connect that port to a Cloud Router.

This allows you to use the PacketFabric SDN to access your Cloud Router traffic directly from your on-premises environment.


Before you begin, you must already have provisioned an access port. For more information, see Create a Port.

TIP: When you connect to a Cloud Router, you create a virtual circuit (EVPL) connection. As a single port can have up to 2000 EVPL connections, you do not need to provision a port specifically for Cloud Router use.

Create a PacketFabric Cloud Router connection

  1. Log in to the PacketFabric portal and select Network > Cloud Routers.

  2. Click the Cloud Router to open its side panel.

  3. Select Create Connection.

    screenshot of the cloud router actions menu

  4. Select Dedicated Port.


Complete the following fields and then click Next.

Select Source Port

Select your source port.

You can click Toggle Details to view information about any virtual circuits already associated with that port.

PacketFabric Port Connection Details
Port will be used for a NAT connection
Select this option if you want to be able to enable NAT for the connection. This ensures the connection will provision on a device that allows NAT.
This option only appears if the port is in a NAT-capable location.
Use public IP
Select this option to have PacketFabric provide a public IP address to use for your BGP session.
This is the speed/capacity you are setting for the connection.
Connection description
Enter a name for the connection.
NOTE: The number symbol # is not permitted in connection descriptions.
Source VLAN ID

Specify a VLAN ID for your source port or disable VLAN tagging.

You can manually enter the ID or click Next Available. If you click Next Available, we find the highest in-use VLAN ID and increment by one. For example, if the highest in-use ID is 15, this field autopopulates with 16. By default, these fields are already populated with the next available VLAN ID.


Select a billing account and then click Place Order.

The connection should provision within a few minutes.

NOTE: Billing does not begin until you configure BGP.

Next steps

Before you can begin transferring data, you must set up BGP for this connection. See Configure BGP for Port Connections.

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