GRAND RAPIDS INTERNET EXCHANGE
Discover the 9th Largest Internet Exchange Point in the United States
What Is The Grand Rapids Internet Exchange (GR-iX)?
The Grand Rapids Internet Exchange is a not-for-profit Regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP). This IXP, where networks come together to peer or exchange traffic, reduces the traffic a member purchases from an upstream transit provider. The collaboration of local, regional, and global networks allows traffic to be shared freely between members rather than paying a large Tier 1 provider to make the connection.
Who Can Connect?
Any organization that controls an ASN and IP addresses can connect to an exchange point. Some example organizations include Internet Service Providers, Content Delivery Networks, Automotive Manufacturing, Academic Institutions, Local Governments, and many more.
Joining is FREE. Members benefit from:
- Routing a Large Percentage of Traffic Through an Exchange Decreases Spend on Transit Providers
- Ports at this Exchange are FREE.
Improved End-User Experience
- Increase Network Speed, Reduce Hops & Lower Latency by Creating More Direct Paths Between Networks
- Adding Peers Minimizes Transit Provider Dependence
Larger Bandwidth Capacity
- Distribute Large Traffic Amounts Across Many Networks
Conditions of Joining
- Have Control of an Autonomous System Number (ASN) & IP Addresses (/24 or Larger)
- Network Access to a GR-iX Enabled Data Center
- Create an Entry in PeeringDB (peeringdb.com)