Peering Technical

Policy Control

At IX Australia, policy control is achieved by the use of BGP Communities. IX Australia peers must tag their routes using the following, in order to control policy via the route server. Please ensure use of the following model:

0:<peer-as> Do not advertise to <peer-as>
7606:<peer-as> Advertise to <peer-as>
0:7606 Do not advertise to any peer
7606:7606 Advertise to all peers
1:<peer-as> Prepend once to <peer-as>
2:<peer-as> Prepend twice to <peer-as>
3:<peer-as> Prepend thrice to <peer-as>

Connection information

Here at IX Australia we offer the following port for connectivity to any of our peering points:


Other speeds are available but due to a low demand these are built on a per peer basis.

We understand that some people may not have the requirement to go from 1GigE to 10GigE, or 10GigE+ so we allow for Link Aggregation.

Please email for pricing on LAG.

Allowed traffic

Ethernet types:

  • 0x800 – IPv4
  • 0x806 – ARP
  • 0x86DD – IPv6

MAC Limit per Port

We request only 1 MAC per port on any of our Peering Points.

This means frames forwarded to an individual IX Australia port shall have the same MAC Address.


No Proxy ARP
Use of Proxy ARP on the routers interface to the IX is strictly prohibited.
No IP Directed Broadcasts
IP Directed Broadcasts are strictly prohibited.

Unicast Only

Frames forwarded on IX Australia shall only be Unicast, forwarding traffic to a Multicast or Broadcast MAC destination address is prohibited, except for the following:

  • Broadcast ARP Packets
  • Multicast ICMPv6 Neighbour Discovery packets (this does not include Route Solicitation or Advertisement packets).

No Link-Local Traffic

Link local traffic shall not be forward to the IX Australia Peering VLAN(s), Link-Local protocols include but are not limited to:

  • ICMP redirects
  • IEEE 802 Spanning Tree
  • ICMPv6 Router Advertisements
  • UDLD
  • BFD
  • PIM
  • Interior routing protocol broadcasts (e.g. OSPF, ISIS, IGRP, EIGRP)
  • L2 Keepalives
  • Vendor propriety protocols:
    • Discovery protocols: CDP, EDP, FDP
    • VLAN/trunking protocols: VTP, DTP

The following link-local protocols are exceptions and are allowed:

  • ARP
  • ICMPv6 Network Discover

Be aware

IX Australia addresses shall not be advertised by its peers to other networks.

Port security

The greatest danger to any Ethernet network consists of loops. If measures are not taken to prevent loops they can instantly bring down any network.


At IX Australia we utilize the Routing Daemon BIRD. There are 2 route servers per state.

By default the IX Australia peering AS (7606) is removed from all sessions. However if you wish for us to include this please advise when you sign up for a service.

We have also made available communities which are universal across all peering points. These communities allow peers to set apply specific policies to their sessions. Please email for a list of communities.


PO Box 8700, Perth Business Centre, Perth, WA 6849 AUSTRALIA

1300 653 132