To add a BGP session, you must have a connection to something. Once you have at least one connection, you can navigate to the connection details from the inventory and connections screen to see all connections to all destinations and from all sources.
Guide to the Icons
- A connection that originates from a physical port appears as two rectangles
- A connection that ends at a cloud provider appears as a cloud with an arrow pointing to it
- A connection that originates from a virtual device type Router appears as a circle with arrows.
The above icons are typically for a Router device type, but you may see additional icons representing the device types Firewall, device type SDWAN, or other devices.
You can also navigate to the virtual devices, select the device details of the desired device, then go to the Connections tab, where you will ONLY see those connections associated with that device.
From either location, select the connection you’d like to add BGP service to and the connection details will display.
NOTE: connections from a physical port will not typically allow BGP service entry because this configuration is part of the Virtual Device, rather than the ECX connection itself. The Virtual Device will be clearly listed as one side of the connection.
Fill in the desired BGP peering information for each field.
In the Equinix portal, Local refers to the user or customer’s devices, and remote refers to the cloud, network, or other destination you are trying to reach with this connection.
Some basic validations will indicate whether the data entered is accurate. This validation includes valid ASN numbers or a usable IP address range, but is not checked for authorization or valid registration with ARIN or others.
In this example, a CIDR notation with the IP Address is required.
Once you have completed the fields and there are no errors, choose Accept. The configuration will be pushed to the device immediately, although completion and peering may not begin for up to several minutes.
If you’d like to see the settings of an active BGP session in the portal, navigate back to the same connection details and see it as part of the overall data. You can also edit the BGP, but to remove it completely you must delete the connection.