For example, say you want the RPi Ethernet port to use DHCP, but to also have a fixed IP address so you can connect to it using a direct cable connection from a laptop.

sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

Use this for the eth0 adaptor:

auto eth0
allow-hotplug eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

auto eth0:1
iface eth0:1 inet static


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  1. Okapia

    2 years ago

    Yes. it still works

  2. - -

    3 years ago

    not working on Stretch! is this still working for anyone?

  3. Søren Vejlgaard Vedstesen

    3 years ago

    Just missing the following:
    /sbin/ifup eth0:1


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