Part 1 – Introduction
I’ve been experimenting with Vagrant to automate the creation of virtual Software-Defined Networking (SDN) labs. This blog explains how create SDN labs with Vagrant.
Why SDN labs? Maybe you’re a network student or engineer learning new skills. Maybe you want to develop the next killer SDN app. Perhaps you’re doing SDN research. Virtual labs are a great way to test ideas without having to invest in SDN switch hardware, and can be set up quickly. Continue reading
Software-defined networking (SDN) separates network control from packet forwarding. SDN is great for experimenters, as we get to tinker with how the network runs, without having to worry about moving packets.
To play with SDN in your home network you’ll need a device to do the packet forwarding, under control of your software.
I’ve added instructions on how to build a home SDN lab that leverages a common consumer-grade TP-Link home router repurposed as an OpenFlow switch, including Wi-Fi.