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BGP Operation and Security Training

Location: Camden Court Hotel

Following on the tremendous interest in our March BGP workshop, and with many of you expressing an interest in more training on this topic, we are now delighted to announce our next EOLAS workshop: “BGP Operation and Security Training” to take place in Dublin on the 8th and 9th of September.

This workshop will be delivered by two senior trainers from the RIPE NCC Learning and Development Department and will offer participants an in-depth look into BGP. It will cover the basics of how it works as well as advanced topics such as route reflectors, policy, filtering, route selection and the security aspect of the protocol. You will also learn about Bogon filtering, Internet Routing Registries and the Resource Certification (RPKI) framework.

This workshop will not only cover theory, but participants will also be practicing all the new learning with interactive exercises following each topic.

Full details:

Date: 8th – 9th September 2022

Time: 09:00-17:30 Irish time

Location: Camden Court Hotel

Lunch and training materials will be provided to members


  • Good knowledge of the TCP/IP and IP routing
  • Basic understanding of the Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR)
  • Basic experience in creating and updating objects in the RIPE Database
  • Basic understanding of Cisco CLI

Full information on what will be covered and a tentative day schedule can be found here:


Because of the practical nature of this workshop places are limited so if you are interested please let us know as soon as possible to apply for a spot.

In order to provide access to this course for as many member organisations as is possible, we will allocate places on a one attendee per member organisation basis. If additional spaces are available after those requests have been fulfilled, we will go to the second representative on the list until all spaces are full.

Introduction to IPv6 Webinar

Location: Online - Link to training webinar will be sent to those who register

Many thanks for taking part on our quick training needs survey last week. As you know, through the EOLAS program INEX will be facilitating and delivering a programme of training and skills development courses for existing members and for newcomers to the internet networking industry.

IPv6 came at the top of the wish list for our community and we are delighted to announce that in partnership with RIPE NCC we will be facilitating the delivery of the following online Webinar: Introduction to IPv6.

The course will be delivered by two very experienced members of the RIPE NCC Learning and Development team, Ondrej Caletka and Pedro da Silva Vaz.

Where – Online webinar.

When – Wednesday, April 6, 2022 between 10:00 and 12:00 Irish time.

Content – This webinar introduces the basics of IPv6 address notation, how to request IPv6 address space from the RIPE NCC and how to register inet6num objects in the RIPE Database depending on how the IPv6 space will be used.


  • Basic understanding of IP addresses
  • Basic knowledge of addressing plans


  • Explain what IPv6 addresses are
  • Write IPv6 addresses using the IPv6 address notation recommendations
  • Request IPv6 address space from the RIPE NCC
  • Register IPv6 address space usage in the RIPE Database

March 2022 INEX Meeting

Location: Camden Court Hotel

Good news – the next INEX Meeting will take place on Thursday the 31st of March at 13:00 Irish time and we are delighted to say that it will finally take place in person at the Camden Court Hotel in Dublin. We are currently working to deliver this as a hybrid meeting so those who are unable to join us in person can watch the presentations online. We have booked a very spacious event room to provide adequate space for everyone and hope that you will come and join us.

A light lunch will be served from 12:00 noon, so please come along a bit earlier to catch up with other community members while you enjoy a bite to eat.

While the full schedule is yet to be finalised, our talks currently planned are:

• Nina Bargisen, Kentik – Tools of the Peering Trade
• RIPE Training offerings and certifications – Alvaro Vives, RIPE L&D
• BGP Security Issues – Nick Hillard
• Route Server Filtering and operations update– Barry O’Donovan.
• CEO Update – Eileen Gallagher

For the evening social we have booked the upstairs room at Against the Grain (11 Wexford St) for food, drinks and some much missed live craic.

To register please email rsvp@inex.ie before Friday the 25th of March as we will need to confirm numbers for catering.

Finally, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, for those who have made a photography submission to Solas – Celebrating Light photo competition before the end of 18th of March, we will select one entry at random to win a fine art print of their entry. This will not impact your inclusion in the overall competition. This prize will be on top quality Giclée prints (up to 59x84cm depending on photo quality) and worth hanging in any art gallery!

To join us in this big photographic celebration of light and enter this competition please submit your photographs here.

EOLAS Programme – Introduction to Routing, Peering and BGP

Location: St Stephen's Green

Two full day in-person course – 3rd and 4th March 2022

We are delighted in the first of these professional development courses to work with our peering colleagues at LONAP to bring their excellent “Introduction to Routing, Peering and BGP” training course to Ireland.

The training course has been developed and fine tuned over a number of years and is aimed at anyone who wishes to learn the principles of Service Provider networks: Internet Peering, Transit, and how to understand and create a BGP configuration and routing policy.

The course will be delivered by Rob Lister, a senior member of the LONAP engineering team with over 20 years networking experience in Internet Exchange and peering networks. The course is structured to enable significant one to one engagement with those attending

Introduction to Routing, Peering and BGP is a two day introductory workshop covering:

  • Internet: Peering and Transit
  • Routing technology overview
  • 7 Layer OSI model and IP
  • Basics of IP subnetting: CIDR, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing
  • Using the command line (CLI)
  • Configuring an IGP, iBGP
  • Configuring BGP for peering and transit
  • Route servers
  • IRRDB and RPKI
  • Routing and peering policy
  • Tools:  INEX IXP Manager Portal, PeeringDB and others.


The two day, in-person, course is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 3rd and Friday, 4th March near St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Day 1 will begin at 10:15am to enable those travelling to Dublin the opportunity to travel that morning.

Spaces on the course are limited to enable effective engagement with those delivering the training. All attendees must commit to attending both full days in order to register.

Who should attend? Ideal for anyone wishing to learn the principles of Service Provider networks: Internet Peering, Transit, and how to understand and create a BGP configuration and routing policy.

How to Apply To apply to attend this course, please EOLAS@inex.ie for further information. Please do not apply to attend unless you are confident that you can attend both days of the course in full.

There is no charge to attend this course. We are very grateful for the support of LONAP and in particular Rob Lister to bring this course to the INEX community in Ireland. Accommodation is not included and must be independently arranged by those attending.

Course Prerequisites

  • CCNA or equivalent experience and/or;
  • Being engaged in a role within a peering network, (e.g. NOC, network teams, peering or operations)
  • You will need to bring a laptop computer with WiFi and power supply.
  • You will need an SSH2 client installed such as PuTTY (windows) or in-built “ssh” terminal for Mac
  • Some prior knowledge of using the Cisco/Arista or similar CLI would be beneficial, but is not essential.


What’s it like? The course starts with a refresher on Layers 1-3 in the OSI model (Cabling, Layer 2 networking, IP Subnetting) and covers the principles of Service Provider networks: Transit, Peering, Autonomous Systems, routing protocols.

You will start with a blank configuration, and over two days build a fully working network with BGP.

Using hands-on labs, we guide participants through configuring two routers running OSPF (as an example IGP) with iBGP and eBGP sessions to multiple Transit networks, and then establish peering with other participants both over an IXP and using a route server.

Note: Although we do cover IPv6 addressing in this course, the configurations are done with IPv4. However, the principles for BGP are the same for IPv6.

The afternoon of day 2 is reserved for troubleshooting, routing security and further exploration of routing problems that can occur: route leaks, prefix hijacks and blackholes.

We leave the training lab running for 2 weeks after the course, should you wish to log in again to revisit any of the labs, or just experiment further. (Further access is available provided there is no other course due to run in the lab.)


Rob Lister, Senior Engineer at LONAP
Trainer for Routing, Peering and BGP

Biog: Rob started as LONAP’s first full-time Senior Network Engineer in January 2012 to support the day-to-day operations and growth of the exchange; he has significant experience in layer 2 peering and IXP networks in particular. Rob deals with most of the day-to-day support queries, new connections and upgrades, and is happy to have a chat on the phone about anything, but particularly if it’s about peering at LONAP.

Rob has worked in a number of roles including technical support, training and system administration for a variety of companies including Demon Internet, McLaren F1 and LINX.

When not lurking in a data centre, he can often be found riding or fixing bicycles, and is a volunteer for various organisations in London.

Old: February 2020 INEX Meeting

Location: Online

This meeting was held in February 2021.


The meeting will include an update from Eileen Gallagher on INEX and the work we have been undertaking in recent months, Nick Hilliard provide an operations update and Barry O’Donovan will give a quick update on IXP Manager developments.

Also on the schedule is an update from the INEX board on the Governance work they have been undertaking for INEX. We expect this part of the meeting to be around one hour in length.

As always at INEX, we are keen to celebrate the people that make the community work and in this meeting, we are delighted to take you on a live show and tell tour to see two lockdown related projects in real life in a meeting section we have called:

Unattended Network Engineers in Lockdown

We will be joined by Martin Möllhoff the Director of Seismic Networks at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Martin and the team have been using seismic sensors during the Covid-19 pandemic to track the level of vibrations caused by human activity, giving an insight to the volume of people out and about during various stages of lockdown. Raspberry Pi is at the core of the seismic citizen stations with an increasing number of RaspberryShake sensors popping up around Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic. Martin will give some insight to how their network works, the type of data they gather and a live show of what the real-time information looks like.

Aiming to recreate some of his Antarctic experience on the Atlantic coast of Ireland in winter, Danny McFadden has created a man cave in the uninsulated environment of his Pi infested attic (loft) in the wilds of Co Donegal. Surrounded by numerous Raspberry Pi and antennas instead of seals and penguins, Danny has found a place where his lockdown haircut is in style and where home schooling simply can’t happen (H&S reasons). Danny has been playing with Raspberry Pi and in his live show and tell (from the uninsulated attic), he is going to talk through the aircraft and maritime tracking he has developed and he will also give an insight to the secure home automation work he has done with Pi and his latest small scale 433Mhz transmitters and receivers to intercept some dumb devices.

The talk by Denis Nolan has been postponed to another meeting.


Online: Resiliency in a Pandemic – Coping with the Stress of Covid-19

Location: Online

For many of INEX’s members and industry colleagues around the world, the worry around Coronavirus related illness for them and their family is compounded by the increased focus and urgency on the internet services and products they enable in their work life but also concerns around their business and employees. We were keen to provide some insight and guidance on this and are delighted to bring Dr Tim Green, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, as a guest to INEX.

Please feel free to invite any industry colleagues to this meeting from 4:45pm (15:45 UTC) for Dr Green’s talk.

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Dr Tim Green, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Resiliency in a Pandemic - Coping with the Stress of Covid-19

In his talk created for INEX, Dr Green will give an insight to the chemistry and mechanics of how stress works, in negative and positive ways, and how living through this pandemic may be impacting individuals in obvious and subtle ways.

He will present some ideas and tools on how this stress can best be managed and how this period of enforced 'pause and re-boot' could lead to unexpected personal development.

Biog: A Chartered Consultant Clinical and Neuro-Psychologist, Dr Green holds the posts of Honorary Lecturer and Researcher in the Psychology Department at Kings College London and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences in London, where he teaches and supervises trainee Psychologists, Medics and colleagues from other disciplines.

He has a particular interest in the area of stress and how to control it and has previously authored a suite of courses about workplace-stress – the signs, the effects, the ways to manage it, the good things as well as the bad that can flow from it. His expertise extends from the treatment of anxiety disorder and depression, work-place bullying right through to working with torture and abuse victims who have suffered severe trauma.

A native of Belfast, he now lives and works in London where he has held the posts of Head of Psychology and Psychological Therapies for The Dene and Pelham Woods hospitals and was Head of Psychological and Talking Therapies in Forensic Services of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

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