Managing Private Network for Colocation


The Private Network section under the Network menu displays Leaseweb products that have private network enabled or are capable of being added.


Private Network Overview page

Perform the following steps to get an overview of the Colocation racks that have private network enabled beside other products like Dedicated Servers, Elastic Compute, Cloud Connect etc.

  1. In the menu bar, under Network, click Private Network.

  2. The Private Network page displays.
    Click on the Colocation tab.

Enabled colocation racks

Here you can see the colocation racks that are added to the private network

Per colocation rack, the following information is available:

Column nameDescription
IDDisplays the Colocation ID
ReferenceDisplays the customer reference of the server.
LocationDisplays the datacenter, suite and rack where the server is located.
Port speed

Displays the current private network uplink capacity of the colocation rack.

Displays CIDR range of IP addresses associated to the network.


Displays CIDR range of IP addresses associated to the network.

The VLAN that the Private Network uses


The status of the colocation rack in terms of whether the Private Network is configured or not.


  • The VLAN ID is informational only. Private networking uses the "Internal" interface of your device. The communication is via untagged Ethernet frames.
  • A DHCP server will assign a free IP address from the CIDR prefix to each of your devices within the colocation rack. Through the DHCP setting at the top of the page, it is also possible to disable this behavior, and use static addressing instead.
  • By default, the /27 prefix length provides a maximum of 27 usable addresses. Please contact support if you require a larger Private Network subnet


The following actions are possible for Colocation racks in a Private Network.


This setting is global and applied to all other products that belong to the same private network.

It is possible to disable the DHCP server on the private network. This will also disable all other layer-3 services and turn your private network into a pure layer-2 VLAN.

To enable or disable DHCP, perform the following steps:

  1. Click on the Edit icon in the top right of the Private Network Overview page.

  2. In the new pop-up, under the DHCP Configuration section, select Enable or Disable.

  3. Active DHCP reservations are shown in the same pop-up under the DHCP Reservations tab.


If you'd like to upgrade the capacity, then you'll need to contact our Sales or Customer Care department by creating a ticket from the Leaseweb Customer Portal.

Dismantling or Removal of the Private Network service is also processed the same way.

Colocation Overview page

How to order a private network

Private Network for your Colocation rack(s) can be ordered in two ways:

  • Using the Customer Portal
  • Contacting our Sales Department directly

To order it from the Customer Portal, perform the following steps:

  1. From the Colocation menu, select the Overview page.
  2. Click the Order Private Network button.

  3. An Order Form will display. You can now choose the following:
    • The network capacity upstream/downstream to your colocation rack
    • An option to lease a switch from us.

  4. Upon submitting the form, you will get a confirmation message that the request was successful. Our Sales department will follow up on your request. 

How to see the status of a private network

Once the colocation rack has been successfully added to the Private Network, the status will be reflected in two places → In both the Private Network and Colocation pages.

In the Colocation menu there is a Private Network hyperlink which will navigate you to the Private Network Overview page.

In the 'Technical Details' section, the Private Network service will have a status when it's Enabled or 'Not Available' when the service is not active.

See also the 'Enabled Colocation Racks' section above.

How to configure the private network in the Colocation rack

General information

By default, switches are not bundled in the service. You can connect to Private Network with your own switch or lease a switch from us.

If you choose to lease a switch, the initial switch configuration and setup will be included in the delivery service and handed over to you.

Management and monitoring of the switch in both scenarios are your responsibility.

In case of hardware issues of the leased equipment, we will provide support or offer a replacement.

Hardware information

The two cables that will be delivered to your rack are MMF fibers with LC connectors.

When a leased switch is requested:

  • For 2x10Gbps capacity switch, the uplink SFPs are included in the price of the switch.
  • For 2x40/100Gpbs capacity switch, the uplink QSFPs are not included in the price of the switch and will be quoted together with the switch.
  • Any additional (Q)SFP requests needs to be quoted as well since they're not included in the delivery service

Any vendor that allows aggregated interfaces, supports LACP active mode and has the appropriate uplink capacity is supported.

Configure your own switch

The switch must be physically separated from the public switch in the rack.

No interconnection between the Private Network and the Public switches in the rack is allowed.

Any attempts in performing such actions, will result in lost connectivity to both public and private networks to your rack.

We provide two uplinks of 10, 40 or 100Gbps capacity to your rack (see the order form above for pricing).

It's a completely isolated traffic in a Layer2 VLAN that is configured on the downstream ports of our routers.

The traffic on your end is untagged.

In order to establish connectivity to our routers you need to aggregate two uplink ports in a Port-Channel/EtherChannel. LACP needs to be set to mode active.

Hereby, we provide examples from few vendors how the switch config should look like:

set interfaces ae0 aggregated-ether-options lacp active
set interfaces ae0 unit 0 family ethernet-switching port-mode access
set interfaces xe-0/1/[0-1] ether-options 802.3ad ae0
Arista - Cisco
interface Port-Channel1
   switchport mode access

interface EthernetXX/1
   speed forced 10/40/100gfull
   channel-group 1 mode active

interface EthernetXX/1
   speed forced 10/40/100gfull
   channel-group 1 mode active

If you would like to receive a dynamically assigned address for your switch, then you need to configure interface VLAN 0/1 to obtain IP from the DHCP server.

If you don't wish to use dynamic IP addressing in your Private Network, then you can disable the DHCP service as explained in the aforementioned Private Network Overview section.
This means that you'll need to manually configure the IP addresses from the assigned subnet to any equipment in your rack including the switch.

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