These pages are maintained as a historical record of the former GINX.



GINX disolves

Tue, 6 November 2012 12:00:00 +0200

As a consequence of their withdrawl from the exchange, Rhodes further formally ceased maintaining GINX at midday on Tuesday 6 November 2012. Thus the exchange dissolved as of this date. It was in existence for slightly over eight years.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Rhodes withdraws

Mon, 5 November 2012 08:00:00 +0200

During the course of Monday 5 November, Rhodes ceased peering at GINX in preparation for changes to its own network that were scheduled to happen the following day. This marks Rhodes' withdrawal from the exchange; they have no provision for peering at GINX in their new network design.

SAIAB withdraws

Mon, 22 October 2012 17:00:00 +0200

SAIAB withdrew from GINX on 19 October 2012, in preperation for its imminent connection to the South African National Research Network.

Imminent disolution of GINX

Fri, 7 Sept 2012 17:00:00 +0200

This is a reminder of GINX's impending end-of-life.

SANReN's Grahamstown point of presence is likely to become operational within the next two to three weeks (perhaps as early as Tuesday next week).

Shortly thereafter, Rhodes will cease maintaining GINX and will recover the equipment. This could happen as early as next week, but will almost certainly happen before the end of September. We'll endevour to publish the exact date/time at least a day in advance, so peers can check their equipment fails back onto the Internet correctly once their BGP session terminates.

This will effectively disolve the exchange before the end of September 2012.

GINX has reached end of life

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 11:11:11 +0200

The the improved availability of Internet bandwidth in Grahamstown and the shift from dial-up & leased-line customers to ADSL customers, has meant that traffic volumes through the exchange have decreased in recent years.

At present, the main users of GINX are Rhodes University, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, and Albany Schools Network. Each of these is independently eligible for connection to the forthcoming SANReN point-of-presence in the Grahamstown and will thus peer through SANReN's PoP.

At the same time GINX's infrastructure is ageing, has reached the point where it no longer supports modern standards, and needs to be replaced. Together these two developments means that there is no longer economic sense in maintaining an independent Internet exchange point.

As such, notice is hereby given that Rhodes University will cease all support and maintenance of GINX, and will recover its equipment (thus effectively dissolving the exchange) once SANReN establishes its PoP in Grahamstown. This is expected to occur during the first half of 2012.

In the interim, Rhodes University will continue to support the existing equipment and peers provided that this does not incur any further expenditure. Although past and existing peers are welcome to make changes to their peering, no new peers will be accepted by the exchange.

SAIAB peers

Fri, 31 Jul 2009 14:24:20 +0200

South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity is now peering at GINX as AS 65007.

SAIAB peering

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 16:18:12 +0200

South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity announced their intention to peer.

second Rhodes peer

Fri, 26 Jun 2009 12:17:21 +0200

Rhodes University has split their network into two independent parts, each with their own routing policy. As a result they're announcing routes under a second AS, 65008. AS 65001 carries Rhodes' main campus network, whilst AS 65008 carries commodity traffic for some third parties (schools, visitors to the University, etc).

GINX switching fabric upgrade

Fri, 12 Dec 2008 17:22:12 +0200

GINX's switching fabric was upgraded to support GigE connections. It's now a Dell PowerConnect 6224.

Rhodes peers on SAIAB's behalf

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 12:19:26 +0200

Rhodes University is currently operating a second, independent network on behalf of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity as AS 65007. This is part of a network migration strategy and it is intended that SAIAB peer in their own right in due course

IT Solutions peers

Mon, 07 May 2007 15:34:20 +0200

IT Solutions is now peering at GINX as AS 65006.

IT Solutions peering

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 08:36:20 +0200

IT Solutions announced their intention to peer.

Oracle Information Technology Services

Wed, 8 Mar 2006 09:42:21 +0200

GeeNet has merged with Oracle Consulting to become Oracle Information Technology Services. Peering details remain unchanged.

Interconnect Switching Upgrade

Thu, 15 Dec 2005 10:18:01 +0200

GINX's interconnect switch was replaced this morning with one that's capable of supporting 100Mbps links (rather than the 10Mbps previously). This will benefit those peers who are capable of peering at speeds greater than 10Mbps.

Foundation Peers

Mon, 04 Jul 2005 18:44:07 +0200

The Grahamstown Foundation is now peering at GINX.

Imaginet Peers

Wed, 29 Jun 2005 15:48:06 +0200

As of roughly 1pm today Imaginet is fully connected to GINX and exchanging traffic with the existing peering partners.

First Peers

Sun, 13 Mar 2005 14:22:00 +0200

After what seems like a phenomenally long wait, GINX now supports its first two peers. Albany Schools and Rhodes University started exchanging packets via GINX's switching infrastructure during the course of yesterday afternoon. Statistics on these links are available from this morning.

Mailing List

Thu, 14 Oct 2004 10:00:00 +0200

A mailing list,, was set up to handle communication between members of the GINX advisory committee. Imaginet Internet Services announced their intention to peer.

Router Arrives

Thu, 16 Aug 2004 10:00:00 +0200

Our router finally arrived from Business Connexion today. Once we've sorted out the IOS feature set on it, we'll be able to start configuring it. Cabling into GINX's rack space at Rhodes will commence tomorrow.

GeeNet peering

Fri, 10 Aug 2004 10:00:00 +0200

GeeNet announced their intention to peer.

Router on Order

Sat, 24 Jul 2004 10:00:00 +0200

We have a Cisco 2621XM router on order, courtesy of the Centre of Excellence. This will form the route server for GINX. A Cisco Catalyst 1900 switch is also available to provide cross-connect connectivity. Although this is a 10Mbps switch, its switching fabric should be more than sufficient for the initial stages of the project.

Once the router is delivered, the plan is to set up connectivity between Rhodes and those sites that already have connectivity to Struben building (Grahamstown Foundation and Albany Schools). After this is completed successfully, we'll get the other participants on board.


Fri, 16 Jul 2004 10:00:00 +0200

Telkom made some changes to Rhodes's border router, freeing up the upper half of their class C network. This network ( will be used for cross-connects, providing globally routable addresses with valid reverse DNS. registered

Tue, 13 Jul 2004 10:00:00 +0200

Registered the domain, which will host this web site and be used in DNS entries for the project. Thanks to Rhodes for footing the bill and Albany Schools for providing a secondary.

GINX (g'Ĭnx)

Mon, 12 Jul 2004 12:00:00 +0200

A couple of people have asked how they should be pronouncing "GINX". The G in GINX is hard (as in the gecko we've chosen as a logo). This is to diferentiate it from the soft G/J sound that appears in JINX, the Johannesburg Internet Exchange.

The Beginnings of GINX

Sat, 10 Jul 2004 10:00:00 +0200

GINX is currently little more than an idea. A few people have already expressed interest in taking the idea further, and it is hoped that this will happen in the not-to-distant future.

The initial plan is to implement peering between those networks that already have connectivity to Struben Building and then, once that is done and any bugs in the design are worked out, to bring new participants on board.

Comments and feedback (particularly on the proposed peering policy) are welcomed, and should be directed to info at

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