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Hello I am trying to create a docker container that is able to commnunicate with a robotic arm through ethernet.
I have look at the networking documentation but aside from assigning an ip to the docker I have not been able to create a connection.

The docker container is run on an Nvidia Jetson AGV Xavier. An embedded device with ARM.

From what I understand I can assign the docker to an overlay network that I need to create first. These were the commands that I used:

sudo docker swarm init
sudo docker network create -d overlay --subnet= --aux-address="[MYNETWORK]=" --attachable [MYNETWORK]
sudo docker run -it --net=[MYNETWORK] --ip= [MYDOCKER]

This runs the docker with an ip of and I can confirm that it has an outgoing connection when I ping for instance, however I am not able to ping my robot which is connected with ip on a direct ethernet cable.

I am able to ping the robot when I place my windows system in the proper range.
What my question comes down to is:
Is the failing of the docker to ping the robot caused by something i misconfigured? Is it possible to connect docker to other device, feel a little stupid for asking this? Or should I look for the issue in my ubuntu system and have that in the same ip range also?

With kind regards

Creating an overlay network with the very same ip-range your local lan has, is a good intention, though it is not going to be good, because it will not magicly work as a switc that bridges your overlay network into your local lan.

Did you try to connect your robot from a container connected to an uncustomized overlay network? The container should be able to communicate with the robot.

Thank you for taking the time to reply. I did manage to connect to the robot from my docker container by configuring the host ip address and leaving the docker network out of the equation. I am not sure if this is what you mean with the last part but this will work for use.

It was not. But then again: whatever works!

Open a terminal window. List current networks before you do anything else. Here’s what you should see if you’ve never added a network or initialized a swarm on this Docker daemon. You may see different networks, but you should at least see these (the network IDs will be different):

$ docker network ls

17e324f45964 bridge bridge local
6ed54d316334 host host local
7092879f2cc8 none null local
The default bridge network is listed, along with host and none. The latter two are not fully-fledged networks, but are used to start a container connected directly to the Docker daemon host’s networking stack, or to start a container with no network devices. This tutorial will connect two containers to the bridge network.

Start two alpine containers running ash, which is Alpine’s default shell rather than bash. The -dit flags mean to start the container detached (in the background), interactive (with the ability to type into it), and with a TTY (so you can see the input and output). Since you are starting it detached, you won’t be connected to the container right away. Instead, the container’s ID will be printed. Because you have not specified any --network flags, the containers connect to the default bridge network.

$ docker run -dit --name alpine1 alpine ash

$ docker run -dit --name alpine2 alpine ash
Check that both containers are actually started:

$ docker container ls

602dbf1edc81 alpine “ash” 4 seconds ago Up 3 seconds alpine2
da33b7aa74b0 alpine “ash” 17 seconds ago Up 16 seconds alpine1
Inspect the bridge network to see what containers are connected to it.

$ docker network inspect bridge

“Name”: “bridge”,
“Id”: “17e324f459648a9baaea32b248d3884da102dde19396c25b30ec800068ce6b10”,
“Created”: “2017-06-22T20:27:43.826654485Z”,
“Scope”: “local”,
“Driver”: “bridge”,
“EnableIPv6”: false,
“IPAM”: {
“Driver”: “default”,
“Options”: null,
“Config”: [
“Subnet”: “”,
“Gateway”: “”
“Internal”: false,
“Attachable”: false,
“Containers”: {
“602dbf1edc81813304b6cf0a647e65333dc6fe6ee6ed572dc0f686a3307c6a2c”: {
“Name”: “alpine2”,
“EndpointID”: “03b6aafb7ca4d7e531e292901b43719c0e34cc7eef565b38a6bf84acf50f38cd”,
“MacAddress”: “02:42:ac:11:00:03”,
“IPv4Address”: “”,
“IPv6Address”: “”
“da33b7aa74b0bf3bda3ebd502d404320ca112a268aafe05b4851d1e3312ed168”: {
“Name”: “alpine1”,
“EndpointID”: “46c044a645d6afc42ddd7857d19e9dcfb89ad790afb5c239a35ac0af5e8a5bc5”,
“MacAddress”: “02:42:ac:11:00:02”,
“IPv4Address”: “”,
“IPv6Address”: “”
“Options”: {
“”: “true”,
“”: “true”,
“”: “true”,
“”: “”,
“”: “docker0”,
“”: “1500”
“Labels”: {}
Near the top, information about the bridge network is listed, including the IP address of the gateway between the Docker host and the bridge network ( Under the Containers key, each connected container is listed, along with information about its IP address ( for alpine1 and for alpine2).

The containers are running in the background. Use the docker attach command to connect to alpine1.

$ docker attach alpine1

/ #
The prompt changes to # to indicate that you are the root user within the container. Use the ip addr show command to show the network interfaces for alpine1 as they look from within the container:

ip addr show

1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN qlen 1
link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
inet scope host lo
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
inet6 ::1/128 scope host
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
27: eth0@if28: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP,M-DOWN> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP
link/ether 02:42:ac:11:00:02 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
inet scope global eth0
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
inet6 fe80::42:acff:fe11:2/64 scope link
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
The first interface is the loopback device. Ignore it for now. Notice that the second interface has the IP address, which is the same address shown for alpine1 in the previous step.

From within alpine1, make sure you can connect to the internet by pinging The -c 2 flag limits the command to two ping attempts.

ping -c 2

PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from seq=0 ttl=41 time=9.841 ms
64 bytes from seq=1 ttl=41 time=9.897 ms ping statistics —
2 packets transmitted, 2 packets received, 0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max = 9.841/9.869/9.897 ms
Now try to ping the second container. First, ping it by its IP address,

ping -c 2

PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.086 ms
64 bytes from seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.094 ms

— ping statistics —
2 packets transmitted, 2 packets received, 0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max = 0.086/0.090/0.094 ms
This succeeds. Next, try pinging the alpine2 container by container name. This will fail.

ping -c 2 alpine2

ping: bad address ‘alpine2’
Detach from alpine1 without stopping it by using the detach sequence, CTRL + p CTRL + q (hold down CTRL and type p followed by q). If you wish, attach to alpine2 and repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 there, substituting alpine1 for alpine2.

Stop and remove both containers.

docker container stop alpine1 alpine2 docker container rm alpine1 alpine2