Add Quick Connect to a Cloud Router Connection (Client)

You can add Quick Connect routes to one or more connections across multiple PacketFabric Cloud Routers.

When you add Quick Connect to a Cloud Router connection, you are importing routes from the service provider. This creates an instant, private Layer 3 connection between you and the provider.

Before you begin

  1. Create a PacketFabric Cloud Router. See Create a Cloud Router.

  2. Create the Cloud Router connections that will have Quick Connect routes. These can be cloud connections, dedicated port connections, or IPsec VPN connections.

    The process for setting up a connection depends on the type. See Add Connections.

    NOTE: When setting up the connection, ensure you enable SNAT (this requirement does not apply to IPsec VPN connections).
  3. Configure BGP for the connections. See BGP Sessions.

    NOTE: You will need to configure a route for return traffic to the service provider. To ensure routes are unique, this must be a public IP address. You can use your own public IP address or PacketFabric can allocate one on your behalf. While you do not have to have BGP fully configured before adding a Quick Connect, you can find this value in the BGP Session settings.

    Because a public IP address is required, you can use ingress SNAT to map your private IP addresses to the public IP address. For more information on ingress SNAT, see Cloud Router NAT.

TIP: If you set up ingress SNAT, take note of the NAT pool prefix, because you will need to supply it again in the following steps.

Add the Quick Connect service

Log in to the PacketFabric portal and select Cloud Routers on the left.

Expand the Cloud Router you are using and click Connect.

cloud router create connection

Select the Quick Connect service provider from the list provided.


Select one or more Cloud Router connections.

Imported routes from the service provider
These are the routes from the service provider that you will be importing into the selected connections.
You cannot edit the routes, but you can optionally apply a local preference value to them. When the same route is received in multiple locations, those with a higher local preference value are preferred by the PacketFabric Cloud Router. Allowed values are integers from 0 to 4294967295.
Exported routes to the service provider
These are the routes you supply to the service provider to allow return traffic. They must be public IPs that are either owned by you or leased from PacketFabric.
If you set up ingress SNAT in the BGP settings, this would be the NAT pool prefix address.
  • Row
    • Field
    • Description
  • Row
    • Prefix/Mask
    • Enter a public IP prefix in CIDR format.
  • Row
    • Match type

    • Exact means the routes must be an exact match to the prefixes you specify. Or longer applies the orlonger match filter.

      For example, if you list as the prefix and select Or longer, then any IPs from to are allowed.

  • Row
    • AS prepend

    • Optional. Number of additional times to add the ASN to the BGP path, resulting in a higher path length. Allowed values are integers from 0 to 5.

      Routes with higher path length (a higher ASN prepend value) have a lower priority.

  • Row
    • MED

    • Optional. The multi-exit discriminator (MED) value. Allowed values are integers from 0 to 4294967295.

      When the same route is advertised in multiple locations, those with a lower MED are preferred by the peer AS.

Under the billing section on the right, select a term and the appropriate billing account to use. You can also optionally specify a PO number to associate with the service. The PO number will be included on your monthly invoice.

Click Place order. A request will be sent to the service provider for approval.

The service will not be fully provisioned until the provider approves the order. You will not be billed for the service until it provisions.

Check the status of your request

Go to Marketplace > Quick Connect Requests to view your sent requests. See Sent Requests.

You will receive an email notification when the service provider accepts your request.