9 February 2022 | 1 min read

How to BYOIP to Equinix Metal

Learn how to assign your ASN, enable BGP on Equinix Metal servers and configure BGP daemon in four easy steps.

Watch the video and follow the steps below to learn how to bring your leased subnet onto an Equinix Metal server.

Step 1: Assign your ASN

Assign your AS Number to the subnet that you have leased. Follow the How to Assign IPs to Your Infrastructure guide.

Note: Assign your ASN with Route object and ROA

How to assign ASN via the IPXO Portal.
How to assign ASN via IPXO Portal

Step 2: Enable Global BGP

  1. Log in to your Equinix Metal Console
  2. In the menu at the top, click IPs & Networks to expand a menu and select BGP. Then, click Active BGP on This Project and select Global BGP.
  3. Enter your ASN. Note that the Equinix Metal support team might contact you and ask to prove that you own or are allowed to use that ASN.
  4. Enter the MD5 password
  5. Wait until the Global BGP is enabled by Equinix Metal. 
How to enable Global BGP on the Equinix Metal Console.
How to enable Global BGP

Step 3: Enable BGP on your Equinix Metal server 

  1. In the Equinix Metal Console menu at the top, expand the Servers menu.
  2. Open your server and then click BGP in the menu on the left.
  3. Click Manage on the right of IPv4 and turn on Enable BGP.
How to manage BGP on the Equinix Metal Console.
How to manage BGP

Step 4: Configure BGP daemon on your server 

Follow these Equinix Metal guides to learn how to route BGP with BIRD and FRR:

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