What is Peering?
Peering has served as the primary method of exchanging internet traffic between networks for decades.
Connecting to an Internet Exchange allows you to establish peering with hundreds of other networks across a single physical port. Members can setup or remove bilateral peering sessions with networks without the need to reprovision circuits.
Benefits of Peering with LINX
- Gain greater network resilience, security, and low latency
- Connect using physical data centre hardware or remotely through a layer 2 carrier network
- Consolodate your entire network through just one connection
Connecting to our peering network couldn’t be easier. As a LINX member, we can also host your hardware in the same data centre as our shared network fabric or remotely via a layer 2 carrier network.
Our network is available in several data centre locations.
Hear from Our Members & Associates
Peering Automation at Facebook
“Traffic on the internet travels across many different kinds of links. A fast and reliable way to exchange traffic between different networks and service providers is through peering…”
“Initially, we managed peering via a time-intensive manual process. Reliable peering is essential for Facebook and for everyone’s internet use.”
Internet Society Explainer: What is Internet Peering?
Most peering agreements require the network operators to have the following:
- a publicly routed autonomous system number (ASN),
- one block of public IP addresses, and
- a network edge router capable of running Border Gateway Protocol.
Bilareral and Multilateral Peering
To get the most out of peering, you need to connect to other LINX members and exchange traffic.
Multilateral peering using LINX Route Servers makes this simpler by using a single agreement or BGP session to connect you to tens of throusands of route prefixes. We recommend this service for members who need instantaneous traffic flows.
Through our network of global carrier partners, you can still access LINX’s peering network even if you aren’t near a LINX-enabled data centre – so any network can peer at key LINX locations throughout the UK and US.
Bi-Directional Optical Transceiver
- Reduced interconnectivity costs
- Increased coss-connect capacity
- Optical Distribution Frame (ODF) port reduction
- Conduit space saving
- Same port charges as traditional optics
Peering with LINX includes:
- Single mode fibre and optics for all ports
- Support for 1000BASE-LX for 1G, 10GBASE-LR for 10G, 100GBASE-LR4 for 100G, 100GBASE-LR8 or 100GBASE-FR4 for 400G
- BiDi transceivers supported at LINX Manchester
Included in LINX membership, our multilateral route servers offer additional resilience across peering LANs.