CIRA turns up BGP at MBIX

A second new member in as many days!

CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, has turned up BGP at MBIX today.  Their AS55195 will be used for anycast DNS services for the .ca domain.  While this service is not in production yet, the routing is in place to

jstewart@rs2:~$ sudo traceroute -I
traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 60 byte packets
1 (  0.218 ms  0.218 ms  0.213 ms
2 (  0.294 ms  0.315 ms  0.317 ms
3 (  0.332 ms  0.335 ms  0.333 ms

This anycasted service, which will launch soon, will provide quicker DNS answers to members of MBIX, improving the performance of their networks.

This is another step forward for MBIX, and bringing our total peer count up to 10.

Packet Clearing House live at MBIX

Packet Clearing House has brought up BGP sessions with the MBIX route servers.  They are our newest member to join, operating two ASes, 42 and 3856.

They operate many services, but a major one they operate out of AS42 anycast DNS service for many country-code top level domains, including .ca.  Here is a traceroute showing the path from a server hosted at member LES.NET to one of the .CA master servers:

reaper@tyr:~ > traceroute -6
traceroute to (2001:500:83::1), 30 hops max, 80 byte packets
1 (2605:e200:2:2::1)  1.399 ms  1.400 ms  1.440 ms
2 (2001:504:26::42:1)  0.730 ms  0.719 ms  0.759 ms
3 (2001:500:83::1)  0.817 ms  0.776 ms  0.771 ms

That’s very fast!

PCH also does route collection and analytics from AS3856, and we hope to have data from that in the coming weeks.

IPv6 Live at MBIX

Since MBIX turned on, we have said that IPv6 was merely in testing. We are now ready to call our IPv6 services production-ready.

Primarily, that means that our two route servers are working on IPv6, and are properly configured.

They can be found at 2001:504:26::1:6395:11 and :12. We currently have BGP sessions up with, and VOI in addition to MBIX itself.

We encourage all connected networks to run dual stack of IPv4 and IPv6. We can also help with questions about how IPv6 devices should be configured, so please be bold. The MBIX-tech mailing list might be the best place to ask.

Finally, thanks to for proving MBIX (AS16395) with free IPv6 transit, over the exchange fabric.

Articles on MBIX

A Winnipeg Free Press article written by Martin Cash in the Thursday September 26th Business section.

An article by Brian Jackson published September 30th.