Who can connect?
VANIX welcomes all participants! You should, however, have a public Autonomous System Number, as all connections at VANIX are established using BGP4. You should also have IP space to advertise – IPv4 and/or IPv6.
Where do we connect?
A VANIX Core Switch is located at each of the following locations:
- Harbour Centre Tower, 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC V6B 4N5
- 6th Floor, MMR 6B, Cabinet 3-E “Skyway West 3”
- 21st Floor, Peer1 Hosting
- Harbour Centre Spencer Building, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC V6B 5K3
- Cologix VAN2, 1050 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 4T3
- Suite 212, Cabinet VAN184.108.40.206.A.C023
You can also connect to our Legacy Extensions, at Peer1 and BCNET. Please contact these organizations directly to arrange this.
How do we request a connection?
A connection may be requested directly into any of the VANIX Core switches by sending an email inquiry to info_AT_vanix.ca for most locations, or clientservices_AT_bc.net for Spencer Building.
With this request please include some additional detail:
- The exact location of your equipment
- The media type and connection speed
- Equipment vendor, model, configuration.
- Your Autonomous System Number
- The MAC address of your Layer 3 equipment
- The technical contact person for your organization(not publicly displayed)
- Your peering contact(this will be displayed on our website)
- Your peering policy: Open, Closed, Selective
- A link to your peering requirements, if available
- Broadcast traffic must not be sent to VANIX except as required for normal operations
- IPv6 Router Solicitation or Advertisement packets must be disabled
- Spanning tree must be disabled
- Layer 2 protocols such as CDP, UDLD, EDP, VTP, DTP, LLDP must be disabled
- Interior routing protocols such as OSPF, ISIS, IGRP, and EIGRP must not operate over the exchange vlan
- PIM traffic must not be sent to the exchange
- Participants must use BGP4 to exchange routing information
- Participants may not point a default route towards another exchange member without their express consent
- Members should use a Layer 3 port where possible, Layer 2 ports may only advertise a single mac address
For configuration guidelines also see: https://ams-ix.net/technical/specifications-descriptions/config-guide
What does it cost?
In order to operate a high-quality Public Exchange Point, VANIX charges the following fees for services and connections.
Peers must be directly connected to the VANIX exchange. Transport or cross-connections are the responsibility of the Participant. All fees subject to applicable British Columbia taxes.
|Port Speed||Installation Fee||Recurring Fee|
|1 Gbps Port||$1,000||$1,200/yr|
|10 Gbps Port (< 4Gbps Utilization)||$1,500||$2,400/yr|
|10 Gbps Port||$1,500||$6,000/yr|
Port Fees are invoiced yearly, paid in advance, prorated to Dec 31st as required
|On-demand or on-site Support||Per Hour|
Email support is available at no cost, staffed by volunteers so “best effort” availability only
|Bank Wire Transfers||$15.00 (per transfer)|
|Paper Invoice||$5.00 (per invoice)|