IPFire 3.x has a comletely new way of configuring networks. This new set of instructions is able to configure as many networks as you like. Therefor the commands to configure this complex part of the IPFire-distribution is a little more complicated as you might know it from simple ifconfig commands.
A Zone is a network part like “green”, “orange” or “blue”. But here the zones are not limited and there is no dependence on a NIC (which are “ports”). The “ports” are later assigned to a zone. You can have as many zones as you like. For this simple startup, we want to have a Internet-zone, called “upl0” and a local network zone called “net0”:
network zone new upl0 bridge
network zone new net0 bridge
As you can see, we define two zones here which are acting as a bridge. Now we need to tell IPFire-3.x what IP-Addresses should be assigned to each zone.
Now we need to give the zones a specific IP-Address. For better illustration, we will assign a DHCP-Address to upl0 which will be our “red” Interface and a static IP-Address for net0 which will be our “green”:
network zone upl0 config new ipv4-dhcp
network zone net0 config new ipv4-static –address=192.168.11.20 –prefix=24
Finally we need to assign the “real” networkcards to the zones. In this testsystem, we configured 2 NICs in the vm. One should be used for upl0 and the other for net0:
network zone upl0 port attach p0
network zone net0 port attach p1
Now we are nearly ready to use our network. Just configure a DNS-Namerserver and restart the network
The command for configuring the DNs is a simple:
network dns-server add 188.8.131.52 (Here 184.108.40.206 is the google nameserver)
Now restart the whole network:
You should now be able to ping the server and reach the Internet.
Always read the manpages. Some useful commands are found below:
1. List available Network devices
network device list
2. Show network status
3. View Logfile (view all entries since last boot)