These Technical requirements (TR) define the ways in which you may or may not make use of the AF-CIX services. This document will be regularly reviewed and revised in the light of operational experience to ensure maximum protection of service to AF-CIX members. Subsequent versions of this document are effective after 10 working days of having been posted upon AF-CIX website.
Members' use of the AF-CIX network shall at all times conform to the relevant standards as laid out in STD0001 and associated Internet STD documents.
Ethernet interfaces attached to AF-CIX ports shall be explicitly configured with duplex, speed and other configuration settings and shall not be auto-sensing.
2. MAC Layer
2.1 Frames forwarded to AF-CIX ports shall have one of the following ethertypes
- 0x0800 - IPv4
- 0x0806 - ARP
- 0x86dd - IPv6
2.2 All frames of a service forwarded to an individual AF-CIX port shall have the same source MAC address.
2.3 Frames forwarded to AF-CIX ports shall not be addressed to a multicast or broadcast MAC destination address except as follows:
- broadcast ARP packets
- multicast IPv6 Neighbour Discovery (ND) packets
- if explicitly allowed for that port (e.g. multicast service)
2.4 Traffic for link-local protocols shall not be forwarded to AF-CIX ports except for the following:
- ARP except proxy ARP
- IPv6 ND
These link-local protocols include but are not limited to the following list:
- ICMP redirects
- IEEE802 Spanning Tree
- Vendor proprietary discovery protocols (e.g. CDP)
- Interior routing protocol broad/multicasts (e.g. OSPF, IS-IS, IGRP, EIGRP)
2.5 ARP traffic shall not exceed 20 pps per port/vlan.
2.6 Standard Ethernet MTU size = 1554
3. IP Layer
3.1 Interfaces connected to AF-CIX ports shall only use IP addresses and netmasks (prefix lengths) assigned to them by AF-CIX. In particular:
- IPv6 addresses (link & global scope) shall be explicitly configured and not auto-configured
- IPv6 site-local addresses shall not be used
3.2 IP packets addressed to AF-CIX peering LAN directed broadcast address shall not be automatically forwarded to AF-CIX ports.
3.3 Standard IP MTU size = 1500
4.1 All exchange of routes across the AF-CIX network shall be via BGP4(+).
4.2 AS numbers used in BGP4(+) sessions across the AF-CIX network shall not be from range reserved for private use.
4.3 All routes advertised shall be aggregated as far as possible.
4.4 IP address space assigned to AF-CIX peering LAN shall not be advertised to other networks without explicit permission of AF-CIX. All routes advertised across the AF-CIX network shall point to the router advertising it unless an agreement has been made in advance in writing by AF-CIX and the members involved. All routes to be advertised in a peering session across AF-CIX shall be registered in the RIPE or other public routing registry. Members may use more than one ASN for their AF-CIX peering provided that each ASN presented shares the same NOC and peering contact details.
5.1 Traffic shall only be forwarded to a AF-CIX member when permission has been given by the receiving member either:
- by advertising a route across the AF-CIX network (directly or via the routeserver)
- or explicitly in writing
5.2 Traffic shall not be routinely exchanged between two AF-CIX ports owned by the same AF-CIX member.
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