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Take control of your network traffic and establish low-latency connections to 900+ networks with one of the world’s leading peering infrastructure providers.

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

 

Peering is available at all LINX locations.

 

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.

By peering with LINX, you can gain significant network resilience, security, and low latency.
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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.”

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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.

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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.

Remote Peering

 

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.

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Bi-Directional Optical Transceiver

 

Unlike one-way fibre, bi-directional optics split light to allow data to be sent and received through a single fibre.
The benefits include:
  • Reduced interconnectivity costs
  • Increased coss-connect capacity
  • Optical Distribution Frame (ODF) port reduction
  • Conduit space saving
  • Same port charges as traditional optics
Available for 1G and 10G ports, our bi-directional optical transceivers are available for just a £200 installation charge.

What’s included

 

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

 

 

 

Additional Services


Route Servers
 

Included in LINX membership, our multilateral route servers offer additional resilience across peering LANs.

Route Collector

 

Acting as a monitoring and troubleshooting tool, LINX Route Collector is a mandatory requirement for any peering session. As a LINX member, you can access collector data through our Looking Glass service in the members’ portal.

Time Servers
 

Designed to syncronise NTP servers, our Stratum 1 time servers deliver highly accurate time from multiple sources, including GPS, DCF77, and MSF signals. In addition, we provide Stratum 2 NTP servers for internal networks and customers, eliminating the need to directly connect every device to LINX NTP servers.
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