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 here
To choose which IXP(s) to connect to, you should consider:
- Where are your peering partners already present?
=> Check our Participant data
- What services do you require from an IXP?
=> Check the IXP Compare options
- 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.