Midwest Internet Exchange

1 Petabit per second optical fiber

A coupler created by Macquarie University in Australia, combined with a fibre fabricated by Hokkaido University and equipment maker Fujikura, and a transmission system developed by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology in Japan, has led to transmission speeds in excess of 1 petabit.

The new four-core, three-mode fibre was touted as being the same width as existing standard fibre, but was capable of 12 times the data speed. Macquarie University said the fibre was less prone to damage due to its narrower diameter, and could be used with existing equipment.


Direct link to our Indy Speedtest Server

If you are an IX client and are looking for a faster way to connect to a local SpeedTest server here is a faster way.


MidWest-IX completes Phase 1 Capacity Upgrade for Indianapolis

MidWest-IX has completed several recent capacity upgrades on our Indianapolis fabric.

  1. We have upgraded the capacity between 733 and 401 north Shadeland to 40 gigs of capacity.
  2. We have upgraded switch interconnects at 733 to 40 gig.
  3. Switch uplinks at 401 Shadeland have been upgraded to 20 gig.
  4. A switch upgrade inside 365 Data Centers at 701 Henry added additional 10 gig ports.

Round two will consist of route server upgrades, increased capacity to Google and Netflix caches, and updates of IOS on switches.  Look for more information soon.

St. Louis Event August 15th

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PeeringDB entry for Cleveland

Our Peering DB for Cleveland is now live.


What do route servers do?

Transparency Route Servers, unlike regular BGP routers, provide transparency features to facilitate optimal path selection in Internet Exchange infrastructure. FD-IX Route Servers provide the following:

1) AS path transparency by hiding its own ASN. This shortens AS path by one hop and avoids the need for direct peering with other customers on our fabric. There may be other advantages of a direct peer, but that is specific to the individual peer.  For example, some content networks don’t advertise all of their routes to the route server, but will if you establish a direct peer.

2) Next Hop transparency. The route servers will provide original Next Hop address as it is received from the peer. Note that you should never use the route server addresses as Next Hop for any prefix. The servers will drop any traffic not destined to them.

3) MED transparency. This allows optimizing the path in case an AS has two (or more) peers with FD-IX. Note that you can use MED to direct other peer’s customer traffic towards some of your interfaces.  MEDs are encouraged for optimal traffic flow.

Route servers have some unique configuration options due to the next-hop and AS transparency. For example, Cisco IOS needs the command “no bgp enforce-first-as” in the bgp configuration.  IOS-XR does it on a per-neighbor basis. Others call it force next-hop-self. These are commands many folks are not familiar with due to they are not needed for direct peering.

FD-IX expanding to Cleveland

MidWest-IX/FD-IX is in the process of bringing on a new node in Cleveland, Ohio.  Look for more updates shortly. 

Member Spotlight: PDS Connect

PDS Connect is a locally owned full-service internet provider and IT consulting company located in Mooresville, Indiana. We care most about providing the best service and customer satisfaction, which sets us apart from other internet and phone companies. Our primary services are Fixed Wireless Broadband, Fiber-Based Internet, Server Co-Location, Data Center Services, and Wireless LAN/WAN Deployment and Consulting. PDS Connect is also a provider of phone service and corporate email solutions.

Our broadband Internet is available throughout Morgan County and surrounding areas at speeds of up to one gigabit! Fixed wireless and fiber optic broadband offer several options to cover residential, small businesses and large corporation’s needs.

Eric Rogers from PDS Connect says: We have found several advantages to being a Midwest Internet Exchange member. First and foremost is that we keep traffic local. This is something that creates the fastest Internet experience because the route that traffic takes is shorter, and therefore faster. The next is that it allows us to create partnerships and deploy our services faster than traditional methods of connectivity. Our broadband subscribers represent thousands of content consumers, and having access to that content without leaving the Midwest data center saves our company money on transit costs, as well as providing a lower latency and optimal path for the best customer experience. Because it is a faster build time and we save money on transit, we pass those savings onto our customers.

Justin Wilson, from MidWest-IX, says “The Internet traffic PDS Connect adds to the exchange is a diverse mix of eyeballs and hosting traffic. By having PDS we are adding my routes and diversity to our Indianapolis exchange.”

PDS Connect can be contacted at info@precisionds.com, 317-831-3000, or via their website at www.pdsconnect.me.

Make sure you are subscribed to our mailing list

MidWest-IX/FD-IX  has two e-mail mailing lists for each of our markets.

The first one is our announcements list. We post any relevant maintenance, updates, new members, and relevant news to this list.

The second is our tech mailing list.  We periodically post tech tidbits and other relevant tech topics to help our members get the most out of their connections to MidWest-IX/FD-IX.

In order to see what you are subscribed to please login to your IXP Manager account.  If you do not have one please contact us. Once logged in click on “My Account” at the top left, and select “My profile”.  At the lower left, you will see a heading that says “My Subscriptions”. If you are subscribed to the mailing lists there will be a checkmark next to them.  If not, select the left box and click “update my subscriptions” below.

MidWest-IX/FD-IX announces our newest member DiviNetworks

We are please to announce the newest member of our Indianapolis fabric. The following is a little about DiviNetworks from them.


DiviNetworks is now offering a new and interesting way for any ISP to generate additional revenue from its existing infrastructure without any investment. This is achieved by securely sharing your IPv4 address space and some minimal bandwidth with the company enterprise customers. The income you can expect mainly depends on the amount of IPs you will be sharing, but a rough estimation would be around $2.5 per year per each IP shared. So if you have for example around 4096 IPs, you can expect around $10,000 per year.

Some commonly asked questions:

What is a Shared IP?

DiviNetworks has developed a method that allows making use of the user IPs in your system in parallel, without latency. Principally, it is similar to the way NAT is working, but on all the IPs in your network. Technically, if you are using Mikrotik router, deploying a simple configuration in the router achieve this. The configuration includes two main definitions. First, it creates a GRE tunnel between the router and the company cloud servers. Then, it marks all the connections that come from the tunnel, and apply a rule on your WAN interface, so all the returned traffic from the internet which belongs to these marked connections will be routed back through this GRE. Using this method, there is no need to allocate dedicated IPs for this service. You can continue to serve your customers and enjoy additional revenue from the same IPs.

So, this sounds too good to be true… where is the catch?  Well, actually there isn’t one.  Divi’s customers are enterprises who need IPs to simulate real users’ traffic from all over the world (currently they have over 100 ISPs in their network), so there is need for more ISP’s for this reason. Each ISP by itself is not able to provide enough coverage, since it does not have the geographical distribution required for the service.

What are the potential hazards, or in other words, how we can be sure that the IPs are not used for illegal activity, and how can we make sure they are not blacklisted?

Divi’s customers are well known corporations (no individual is allowed to use the system). DiviNetworks conducts a strict KYC process with each potential enterprise customer who wishes to use the system, including personal identification of the representative. In addition, only web traffic toward ports 80 and 443 is allowed, with DiviNetworks keeping full logs of all the requests being made through all the servers, including the customer’s real source IP.

All the logs of the traffic passed through the ISP partners are available to the ISP for download and it is kept for 12 months. Each of our partners receive a login to a real time monitoring system where they can see various information about the traffic passed through their router by the DiviNetwork’s customers, including domain names, total bandwidth etc.

In addition, all the traffic, which is sent or received through your router, is passed through one of the company main Pops where it is being monitored using anti-DDoS and anti-malware systems to ensure that no abnormal traffic is generated. The DiviNetworks system also ensures that the traffic pattern is similar to a normal user, to provide another layer of safety.

DiviNetworks is happy to discuss additional monetization products for WISPS as well as their flagship enterprise product and how it assists their clients who make use of it for competitive market research, QoE for large companies, and ad verification. DiviNetworks is excited about expanding its reach in North America as they have done globally.

If you would like more information on DiviNetwork please visit http://www.divinetworks.com/

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