INEX is a neutral, industry-owned Association, founded in 1996, that provides IP peering facilities for its members. INEX membership is open to all organisations that can benefit from peering their IP traffic and there are currently 82 members. Their objective is to provide high-speed, reliable and resilient IP traffic exchange facilities for both Irish and international organisations, allowing them to route IP traffic efficiently thereby providing faster, more reliable and lower-latency Internet access for their customers. The INEX switching centers are located in four secure data centres in Dublin; Equinix CityWest DB1 and Kilcarbery Park DB2, Dublin 22 & Dublin 24 and Interxion DUB1 and Interxion DUB2 in Park West. The switches are connected by dedicated resilient fibre links.

INEX Services

INEX provides services to its members to assist them to exchange traffic with other members. Our services are as follows:
  • Shared Peering LAN Services
  • Primary Exchange LANs. The INEX primary peering exchange LANs are INEX's primary services. They consist of security protected shared ethernet VLANs operated across multiple switches in multiple different data centres located in the Dublin metropolitan area.
  • VoIP Peering LAN. Currently in testing phase, INEX is hosting a trial VoIP exchange LAN to enable VoIP operators to exchange IP traffic over a network which is protected from the rest of the Internet.
  • Closed User Groups. For members who require other shared service ethernet VLANs, INEX can create closed user groups, protected from the rest of the Internet and providing a secure basis for exchanging IP traffic.
  • Port Connectivity. INEX provides ethernet connectivity to its switches at 10Mb/s, 100Mb/s, 1G/s and 10G/s. We support a variety of physical interface specifications depending on the specific situation:
Interface Type Cable Type Max Distance Notes
1000BaseTX Cat5e UTP 100m UTP connections are recommended default for gigabit ethernet
1000BaseLX single mode 10km Default specification for short-haul metro gigabit connections
10GBaseLR single mode 10km Default specification for short-haul metro 10G connections
10GBaseZR single mode 40km Long-haul metro 10G connection (installation fee applies)
  INEX works with various organisations in Ireland and internationally to assist with the development of the exchange and the Internet at a national and international level.

Euro-IX INEX is a member of Euro-IX, the European Internet Exchange Association, which was founded in 2001 to further develop, strengthen and improve the Internet Exchange Community. Euro-IX has 36 member IXPs from 23 countries around the world. Their website provides a wealth of information on the various Internet exchanges the represent.

RIPE RIPE (Réseaux IP Européens) is a collaborative forum open to all parties interested in wide area IP networks in Europe and beyond. The objective of RIPE is to ensure the administrative and technical coordination necessary to enable the operation of a pan-European IP network. The RIPE NCC is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and co-ordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally. Their website contains valuable information on how to obtain IP address space, AS numbers and other information relevant to Internet addressing.