Welcome to Unmetered.Exchange

A new, segmented, not-for-profit Internet Exchange point (IXP) in Vancouver, BC, Canada with a growing list of access locations in Burnaby, New Westminster, Campbell River, Coquitlam and beyond!

Unmetered.Exchange was created to provide a low-barrier, easy to access Internet Exchange in Canada which improves routing performance for all connected parties



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Harbor Center Traffic Graph


What is an Internet Exchange?

An IX (Internet Exchange) allows networks to interconnect on an open-access ethernet fabric -- providing low-latency, high-bandwidth, cost-effectively, in a locale. Internet Exchanges improve Internet performance for all participants by increasing bandwidth and lowering latency for all connected networks.

Where is Unmetered.Exchange Located?

Right now we have two switches available for cross connects - one located in the Meet Me Room on floor 6 of Harbor Center and a second located at the TechFutures YVR1 colocation datacenter. Please note we are only accepting fibre cross-connects in Harbor Center.











Read more in our FAQ

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Internet Exchange?

An IX (Internet Exchange) allows networks to interconnect on an open-access ethernet fabric -- providing low-latency, high-bandwidth, cost-effectively, in a locale. Internet Exchanges improve Internet performance for all participants by increasing bandwidth and lowering latency for all connected networks.

How is traffic exchanged?

All participants connect to the shared switching fabric using Ethernet - either via copper (cat 5e/6) or fibre (single mode, LC connector).
Participants use the Border Gateway routing Protocol (BGP) to exchange routing information with other connected networks.

Where is Unmetered.Exchange located?

Right now we have two switches available for cross connects - one located in the Meet Me Room on floor 6 of Harbor Center and a second located at the TechFutures YVR1 colocation datacenter. Please note we are only accepting fibre cross-connects in Harbor Center.

How much does it cost?

as of December 2018 we are not charging for ports

What media is supported?

We currently support copper connections via 1gbps CAT6/CAT5e cable or fiber cross connects via 10Gbase-LR single mode transcievers. Please note that we are only accepting copper cross-connects at the Techfutures colocation, and we are only accepting 10gbps connections over fiber except under special circumstances

Do the Route Servers impliment filtering?

Yes. Our route servers support strict IRRDB filtering and have strict prefix limits to prevent invalid routes from entering participants' routing tables.

What prefixes do you use?

We currently use the following prefixes on the peering VLAN:

  • IPv4: 192.34.27.0/24
  • IPv6: 2602:ffb1:200::/48

Are you on PeeringDB?

Yes! Our PeeringDB page is: https://www.peeringdb.com/ix/2452 and we can also be found on Hurricane Electric's BGP Toolkit

Do you have a looking glass?

Yes! Our looking glass is available at: http://lg.unmetered.exchange

Right now you can see all the active sessions to our route server and we may add additional functionality over time.

Are there any services available on the exchange?

We currently operate an AS112.net route server and may bring more services online in the near future!

What routing software do you use?

We use BIRD to power our route servers, which is a widely adopted routing engine used on IX's around the world. To configure BIRD we use ARouteServer which has greatly aided in automation of our configuration.

I want to connect to Unmetered.Exchange

A couple of requirements

Great! We'd be happy to have you! We have just a couple of simple rules:

  • You must have an ASN and IPv4/IPv6 space allocated from a registred RIR
  • You must be able to obtain a physical cross-connect to one of our switches
  • You must have a published routing policy in IRRDB
  • The only permitted layer 2 protocols are: ARP, IP and IPv6, other protocols such as CDP, UDLD, EDP, VTP, DTP, LLDP and similar must be disabled
  • IPv6 router solicitation and IPv4 DHCP protocols must be disabled on the peering VLAN
  • Participants must have a profile on the PeeringDB which accurately lists their AS-SET
  • Participants agree to not point static or default routes at any other member without explicit permission from the other party.

Getting connected

Assuming you meet these requirements and can get a physical cross-connect to our switches, send an email to [email protected] with your ASN, AS-SET, desired connection type and desired location to connect.

Unmetered.Exchange does not currently charge a port fee for 1gbps ports, however, depending on your colocation contract your datacenter may charge you a cross-connect fee to connect to our switches. Please reach out to your datacenter sales contact for any questions.



Although not a requirement, you are encouraged to update your PeeringDB profile and list Unmetered.Exchange as a new public peering point.

You may also consider peering with our route server, as the route server will give you the routing tables for all connected peers without having to establish bilateral peering sessions with all networks on the exchange.

Peers

The following networks are currently connected to Unmetered.Exchange

NetworkASNIPv4IPv6Status
UnmeteredInternet54133192.34.27.22602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:2Connected
UnmeteredInternet54133192.34.27.32602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:3Connected
10VPN Hosting396503192.34.27.42602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:4Connected
Tech Futures Interactive Inc394256192.34.27.52602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:5Connected
Hurricane Electric LLC6939192.34.27.62602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:6Connected
MoreWave Communication Inc14642192.34.27.72602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:7Installing
iFog GmBH202479192.34.27.82602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:8Connected
Pinku Daimari | CHD-IX210035192.34.27.92602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:9Connected
Securebit AG58057192.34.27.102602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:10Connected
Eggplant Networks39335192.34.27.122602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:12Installing
Bryce Wilson202313192.34.27.132602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:13Connected
xTom LLC6233192.34.27.162602:ffb1:200::192:34:27:16Connected
Rick Bakker204526192.34.27.172602:ffb1:200::192:34:27:17Connected (no RS)
Little Moe, LLC204526192.34.27.182602:ffb1:200::192:34:27:18Installing
WestConnect Communications53356192.34.27.202602:ffb1:200::192:34:27:20Installing
Tschajera Limited209022192.34.27.212602:ffb1:200::192:34:27:21Connected
MegaLink SRL22541192.34.27.222602:ffb1:200::192:34:27:22Installing
Alexander Karl49933192.34.27.232602:ffb1:200::192:34:27:23Installing
AS112.net112192.34.27.2522602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:252Connected
Backup Route Server65513192.34.27.2532602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:253Connected
Route Server65513192.34.27.2542602:ffb1:200:0:192:34:27:254Connected