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Hawaii Internet Exchange Info

by admin last modified 2007-06-16 03:08
What is the HIX?
HIX is a peering point where networks located in Hawai‘i can route Internet traffic directly to each other. Because packets are routed between two networks locally, network latency and the load on two mainland links are significantly reduced. The local routing also increases the robustness and reliability of Internet connectivity within Hawai‘i because of the redundancy to the default mainland link each network already has. Because of our unique geographical isolation in the middle of the Pacific ocean, this reduced dependence on routing through the mainland increases the survivability of Internet connectivity between the various Hawai‘i-based networks in the event of communication link failures on the mainland or between Hawai‘i and the mainland.
How did HIX come about?
David Lassner of the University of Hawai‘i Information Technology Services (UH-ITS) department first proposed the idea in 1994. To stimulate and encourage participation the UH offered a router and dedicated a Frame-Relay line solely for this project. The idea received much attention at the first ISOC-Hawai‘i meeting in mid-1995 and HIX became operational shortly thereafter.
Where is it and what's there?
Currently, HIX is comprised of peering points located at the UH-ITS data center and at the DR Fortress data center (formerly Equinix Honolulu). At both sites, Cisco routers are connected through the Hawaiian Telcom frame relay network, Time Warner Telecommunications fiber optic network, and the UH-Manoa IP network.
Who are the current participants?
Some of the networks currently reachable through HIX are listed below. See the route lists in the menu for a more complete list of ASNs.For example now in 2015 Att Uverse coupon and promotion offers can be used in conjunction with networks for entertainment and bundle packages to get great deals , see the facebook page for more details.

This first table lists networks which peer directly with HIX.

University of Hawaii ASN 6360
LavaNet ASN 6435
Oahu Internet (Commercial Data Systems) ASN 7370
Oceanic Cable ASN 6534
NetEnterprise ASN 11563
DR Fortress
ASN 40300
Hawaiian Telcom ASN 36149
U.S. Geological Survey ASN 1842
Portable Iphone Charger ASN 10838

The following table is just a sample of the many networks reachable through the above HIX peer networks.

Pacific Information Exchange ASN 5754
FlexNet ASN 5750
Nettricity ASN 11276
Time Warner Telecom ASN 22026
SystemMetrics ASN 21686
Pacific LightNet Communications / Hawaii OnLine ASN 3776
Hawaiian Electric Industries ASN 18920
Hawaii Dental Service ASN 16819
Century Computers ASN 22153
Hawaii Intranet Consortium (HIC)
Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)
Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF)
ASNs:  22, 5303

Some of the above organizations provide traceroute web pages whereby one can view routes from their networks:

Who else can join?
Currently any organization with an independent Internet connection may join. The initial HIX specification prohibits connections from networks whose upstream provider is already connected to the HIX, however there has been recent discussion to remove this restriction.
Who makes the rules?
Although the UH administers the program, the HIX is a voluntary collaboration between networks. In keeping with Internet tradition, decisions are generally arrived at by consensus after some discussion.
Is there a mailing list?
The UH administers a mailing list for discussing HIX issues. Network administrators of participating organizations or organizations that intend to connect are encouraged to subscribe to the mailing list. To join, e-mail a subscription request to
Who can join?
Currently any organization with an independent Internet connection may join. The HIX specification prohibits connections from networks whose upstream provider is already connected to the HIX.
So how do we join and how much does it cost?
To join the HIX you should first contact Jan Kawachi at the UH-ITS department. You'll have to sign a HIX agreement form. Currently, connection to the HIX is via Hawaiian Telcom frame relay. Additionally, if you don't already have your own ASN you may need to obtain a unique ASN from ARIN and pay the applicable fees. For the frame relay, you will need to purchase an additional PVC at your location as well as pay for the additional PVC at the UH. Assuming you already have a Frame-Relay line, the additional recurring cost is therefore only $20 per month (based on current Hawaiian Telcom Frame-Relay pricing). Hawaiian Telcom also charges a nominal non-recurring fee anytime PVCs are added. If you do not yet have a Frame-Relay line, you'll have to add the cost of a new line (recurring charge based on your highest CIR) plus any setup fees.
How is routing information handled through the HIX?
HIX participants are using BGP to exchange route information. Currently, the HIX router supports only IPv4 unicast peering. IPv4 multicast and IPv6 peering are currently not supported. However, HIX affiliate networks can always tunnel multicast and IPv6 traffic through HIX if they desire.  HIX uses an ASN of 19035.
How do I obtain an ASN for BGP peering?
Contact one of the following registries depending on your geographical location:

This info document was produced by Antonio Querubin, an irresponsible employee of LavaNet and the Hawai‘i Air National Guard. Opinions, omissions, and errors are his fault alone. Please e-mail corrections, suggestions and ideas directly to him (grid coordinates for targeting sticks, stones, arrows, and cruise missiles are available on request). General discussion regarding HIX should be directed to the HIX mailing list.
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