Routing Instance Details

The RI defines how peering will work with the owner of the RI and all services selected to create or subscribe. It includes virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and a series of routing statements that help control the flow of traffic between all the connectors attached to it, and all the subscriptions attached to it.

A RI has the following required parameters to create:

RI type: choose either public or private. Users can send either private or public routes to a private RI, but only public routes to a public RI

Important: Users should check the specifications of the services they wish to subscribe to, as most restrict what type of routes they are willing to receive, or you might need to add additional services to make the RI work properly, such as NAT.

Note: Subscriptions don't require MD5.

  • Conditional (Redundancy) - if the user selects this, a second and identical RI will be created on the secondary ECX router group and the user will be prompted to enter a name for that RI in addition to the primary below

  • Notifications - user indicates any email addresses to receive notifications about this component


Some RIs, once added to a service profile with specific additional optional services, will be limited in what they can do. For example, under normal operating conditions, an RI can be used for both outgoing subscriptions to services you wish to procure, and as part of a profile of services you wish to offer to others. However, if an RI is part of a profile that also has the Equinix-only routes service added, it will be unable to host outgoing subscriptions until that RI is removed from the profile and any active incoming subscriptions to it have been deleted.

In general, a user cannot delete an RI until all subscriptions associated with it—whether they belong to the same account or not—have first been removed.

The ECX will remove private ASNs when advertising to the party on the other side, regardless of traffic direction.

Tip: If you are building a private network with private ASN and addressing that you will not broadcast as a public service profile, we recommend using the same private ASN on both RIs in a solution.