Create a Layer 2 Connection

The following steps are applicable to connections with two access points of IDCs or public clouds based on Layer 2 SDN backbone network.

If you need a Layer 2 network connection - the private connect, you can follow the steps as shown below.


  • You have signed up an account with your email and sign in to zenConsole.

  • If you need to connect to your cloud services, your public cloud provider should be one of the following: Amazon Web Service, Tencent Cloud, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. More public cloud providers will be supported soon.


On the upper left corner of zenConsole, go to Products > Cloud Networking > Private Connect L2 > Create Private Connect. The overall steps of creating a private connect is shown below. For detailed operations, please refer to the links of specific chapters.

1. Label Your Private Connect

2. Add Access Points

Select two access points as the source end and the destination end of your private connect. You may have the following options:


Please note that Tencent Cloud and Google Cloud cannot be connected via Layer 2 Private Connect temporarily.

3. Configure Bandwidth Cap

Configure the bandwidth cap between two access points of your Layer 2 private connect.

4. Conform Order and Pay for It

What to Do Next

More operations offline or on the public cloud console.

For the Public Cloud Point

Validate your cloud connect on the corresponding console of your public cloud provider.

For the Data Center Point

Contact Zenlayer Support or your data center operator to establish a cross connect offline.


After your cross connect is established offline and your cloud connect is validated on the public cloud console, the states of corresponding points will change into Active and you will receive a notification email.

Once the states of both ends are Active, your private connect state will become Active.


  • Billing for private connect will not start until both the source and destination end points are active, and your connection is active.

  • Billing for your port will start:

    • when the port is active.

    • 15 days after you submit the order – whether or not your cross connect has been established.

  • Billing for your cloud connect will start: Once you have validated your cloud connect on the public cloud console.

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