Thursday, March 13, 2014

Adding Secondary IP Address in Ubuntu (Linux in general)

In my works, sometimes I need to configure router/wireless router with my PC. But since my PC only has one ethernet port that configured with static IP address, I have to find a way to be able to configure the router/wireless router without unplug it. One way is by adding secondary (virtual) IP address on existing ethernet port.

You can do this by using temporary or permanent way.

Temporary way:
Pretend that your ethernet is eth0, and you know that DHCP block IP from the router/wireless router is, you can set static IP address in that range:
$ sudo ip addr add dev eth0
And when you finished, you can just delete that temporary additional IP:
$ sudo ip addr del dev eth0

Permanent way:
You can add permanently by adding config in /etc/network/interfaces file:
auto eth0:1
iface eth0:1 inet DHCP
Then you set eth0:1 to be up:
$ sudo ifup eth0:1
Check to make sure you've got the correct IP address assignment:
$ sudo ifconfig -a | grep eth0 

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