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To install and run ONL you need is an ONL Compatible switch (see and the ONL installer binary. Every

ONL compatible switch ships with the ONIE installer environment installed

which gives you a multitude of ways of getting ONL installed on your switch.

We document the easiest ways here (manual install via console and NFS)

but the website contains a variety of installation

methods including via USB, over the network, and even via ssh.

The resulting installation has a default account ("root") with a default

password ("onl"). The network interface is disabled by default so that

you can change the root password before the system comes up.

ONL Manual Install

1) Attach a serial terminal to the switch

2) Boot switch and hit return to go to ONIE''s interactive mode

2a) You must wait until after uboot has finished loading; if you

accidentally interupt uboot first, just run boot to continue

booting into ONIE

3) Download the ONL installer from and run it by hand

Expected Serial Console Output (from an QuantaMesh LB9, other switches ouput will vary):