What is an Internet Exchange?

An IX (Internet Exchange) allows networks to interconnect on an open-access ethernet fabric -- providing low-latency, high-bandwidth, cost-effectively, in a locale.

What is the benefit?

Networks can exchange traffic faster and better. ISPs, transit providers, DNS services, and content networks will congregate -- it is sensible to interconnect locally with high-bandwidth at low-latency.

How is traffic exchanged?

Traffic exchange is facilitated by BGP (Border Gateway Protocol). Networks must have an AS (Autonomous System) number to announce their routes to each other. A looking glass shows the routes carried.

Where is SpokaneIX?

SpokaneIX switches are located at 3 sites: US Bank Building (Neutron Suite), TierPoint Spokane, and IonSwitch Coeur d'Alene. Visit Locations for more info.

How much does it cost?

There are no mandatory recurring membership or port fees, but we require a SFP optic or a one-time install fee. SpokaneIX was built by volunteers upon donations. Please consider contributing.

How do we join?

Please read the FAQ and if this is suitable extend your network into a SpokaneIX location and we will connect you. Please direct questions to info@spoix.net. Inquiries will be held confidential.