BQN Documentation
BQN Documentation

Logging in

The BQN has a web-based Graphic User Interface (GUI) to perform the most common management tasks. Desktop browsers Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge are supported (MS Explorer is not).

The GUI has contextual help: press the ? help icon on the page for which help is needed.


To access the GUI, open a browser and visit the URL: https://oam-ip, where oam-ip is the management IP address ( by default).

The BQN uses a self-signed certificate, and the browser will signal it as unsecure. Ignore the warning and go to the web page.

Enter bqnadm user and the password:

User root cannot be used to log into the GUI.

Initial Dashboard Page

The home page has a lateral menu, a dashboard, and a small summary of system information.

The dashboard must show all icons in green. The Network Interfaces icon will not be green until all the configured wires are connected (if there are interfaces not being used in any of the configured wires, it will remain in orange) and the icon Low Traffic will not be in green until the traffic flows through the BQN. In some icons, clicking on them goes to a window with more information about the BQN status. See below Troubleshooting for steps to take when an icon is not in normal state.


Many GUI pages contain data tables to display information. The following picture provides an example.

We have highlighted in red the most important features:

  1. The first selector on the upperleft defines how many entries to load in the table (10,000 in the example). Thedefault value of each table is chosen to load all entries in normalcircumstances. If the default is too low, a bigger number can be selected here.
  2. To the right of the totalentries, there are several elements to filter the table content. In the exampleabove, entries can be filtered by policy and by subscriber.
  3. The “show entries” define thepage size.
  4. The Export button generates a CVS file with the table content. The file has a first row with the column labels and then one line per  table row.
  5. The search field shows thetable entries containing the substring specified in the text field.
  6. Columns with arrows aresortable. To sort by a column, click on that column label. Clicking again willuse reversed ordering.
  7. A label on the lower left informs about where we are in the list of entries.
  8. The buttons on the lower right navigates along the table pages

When exporting tables to CVS, because a comma has special meaning, commands are scaped as follows:

  • If a field contains a comma(“,”) the whole field is enclosed in double quotes. For example: a,b is exported as “a,b".
  • If a field contains one double quote, it is replaced by two double quotes. For example: a”b is exported as a””b.
  • If both a comma and a double quote is present, both rules are applied. For example, “a,b” is exported as “””a,b”””.

Changing the Time

If it is necessary to change the system time, go to Administration->System Date->Set Date & Time.

Apply Date changes the local date and time, and Apply Zone changes the time zone. It is possible to browse through the list of time zones pressing the initials of the country of Interest (e.g., ES for Spain).

Changing the Management IP Address

To change the settings of the management interface, select on the lateral menu Configuration->Interfaces->Management. IP settings include the IP address and mask, the default gateway and the VLAN identifier (if any).

An optional DNS server IP address can be configured (needed if server names are used in the integration with a billing system).

The network Interface used for management must not be changed, unless indicated by the Bequant support personnel.

When the new settings are completed, press Apply Configuration to commit the changes. Connecting back to the node may require access from the new subnet and logging back into the GUI.

Management Interface Firewall

To set up the management interface firewall, which will only apply to the management interface (not to the interfaces configured in wires) select on the lateral menu Configuration->Interfaces->Management Firewall. This will show the IP address ranges allowed to access the management interface. By default, no IP address ranges are configured, and all are allowed.

To add an allowed IP address range, click the ⁝ menu icon and press on Add IP Address Range…. Once one IP address range is allowed, the firewall is enabled, and all IP addresses not covered by the configured IP address ranges will be blocked. It is therefore important to include an IP address range that covers the IP address from which we are accessing the GUI and also the subnet of the management IP address (the GUI will include them in the suggested list). Other IPs that interact with the management interface, such as RADIUS/REST clients, a billing system and the NTP server, should also be included.

To disable the firewall, remove all entries pressing the delete icon next to each entry, and once all entries are deleted, click once the Apply button. It is important not to press Apply before all entries have been deleted, because a premature Apply would keep the firewall active and it may prevent you from accessing the server, if the entry covering your IP is not present.

Wire Configuration

A wire is a network interface pair processing subscriber traffic.

To configure wires, select Configuration->Interfaces->Data Wires.

Wires are directional, with the first network interface connected to the access towards the subscribers and the second interface on the Internet side. If a mistake has been made in connecting the ports, they can be swapped clicking on the ⇄ arrows icon.

To add a wire, click on the ⁝ menu icon and select Add Wire…. A form will allow you to select the access and Internet interfaces (the form will list the interfaces available). The pcap option is selected only for cards other than Intel (pcap allows compatibility at the price of reducing server performance).

To remove a wire, press the trash can icon. To modify a wire (for example, to enable the pcap option), you have to remove the existing wire and then, before applying the changes, add the wire with the change.

Wires should not be deleted unless indicated by the Bequant support personnel, as misconfigurations may lead to service loss.

Changes only apply after clicking Apply Configuration.

IPMI Configuration

Some servers have a lights-out module for general management (power on/off, hardware monitoring, etc). We recommend using the server own setting tools (e.g. BIOS section), but if this is not possible (e.g. the server is already powered and with traffic), the BQN CLI allows  a basic setup.

To do it, access to the BQN shell is needed.The following example sets a static IP address with default gateway and creates a new user bequant.

bqnadm@bqn0# system ipmi lan static
bqnadm@bqn0# system ipmi lan
bqnadm@bqn0# system ipmi user add bequant
bqnadm@bqn0# system ipmi user passwd bequant
New password:
Retype new password: