Information for networks looking to join an IXP
Connect to an IXP - Connection Requirements
The requirements needed to connect to an IXP can differ from one IXP to the next. The following 3 requirements are found at most IXPs:
- Autonomous System Number (ASN)
=> This number is used in both the exchange of exterior routing information, and as an identifier of the AS itself
- Border Gateway Protocol Version 4 (BGP-4)
=> Peering between Members' routers across the IXP will be via BGP-4
- Connection Agreement
=> Each IXP has its own terms and conditions which a prospective customer must be willing to adhere to
Note: Some IXPs have more requirements than those listed above. Full details of the joining requirements per IXP can be viewed
To choose which IXP(s) to connect to, you should consider:
- Where are your peering partners already present?
=> Check our
- What services do you require from an IXP?
=> Check the IXP
- IXP(s) geographical position
=> Check our IXP Map - coming soon!
If you need help with configuring your router/switch which connects to an IXP, check out these helpful tips from AMS-IX.