The Network Engineer commissions the Controllers with a hostname, DNS information, and an IP address or address acquisition mechanism such as DHCP. The Network Engineer may apply firmware or software updates if needed.

Using a Network Provisioning Entity, the Network Engineer then rolls out the network configuration as required for the site using vendor-independent mechanisms and tools, such as a Network Provisioning Entity, as shown in Figure 6. The network configuration contains, amongst others, VLAN usage, the configuration of time synchronisation, and the configuration of QoS (see 6.3).


Figure 6 – Network commissioning