Frequently Asked Questions

  • Become an affiliate.
  • Transfer from APNIC to IRINN.
  • Assignment window.
  • Autonomous System numbers.

Become an affiliate:

  • Why join IRINN?
  • Does becoming an affiliate guarantee that I will get address space?
  • Is affiliation a suitable option for my organization?
  • If my organization becomes an affiliate, will there be any other charges for IP addresses?

Why join IRINN?
Joining IRINN gives organizations access to all IRINN services, including requests for allocation and registration of Internet address resources and attendance at training courses organized by IRINN.

Does becoming an affiliate guarantee that I will get address space?
No. All requests for IP address space must be fully supported by documentation justifying the applicant’s request. Because IP address space is a public resource, it is only allocated on the basis of demonstrated need and on the condition that it will be used in accordance with IRINN policy.

Is affiliation a suitable option for my organization?
IRINN affiliation is open to all organizations. However, affiliation does not mean your organization will automatically be eligible for address space. To promote better aggregation of routing information, IRINN has a minimum IPv4 allocation of a /22 (slash 22 1,024 IP numbers) and /48 for IPv6 allocation.

Transfer from APNIC to IRINN:

  • What are the steps for Internet Resource transfer from APNIC to NIR account (IRINN-IN) ?
  • What are the steps to manage my resources after transfer?
  • Does transfer will put any technical impact on my resources?
  • How long will it take for APNIC to approve my transfer?
  • Are there any fees associated with the transfer?

What are the steps for Internet Resource transfer from APNIC to NIR account (IRINN-IN) ?
1. Your organization's Corporate Contact is required to send an email to the admin@apnic.net with the APNIC account name [XXXXXXXXXX] in the email subject line, including:
    (a) A list of resources to be transferred, for example:
        Internet Addresses: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx - xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
        Autonomous System Number: ASNxxxxx
    (b) An expression of consent to transfer the resources listed under (a). For example:
        "I agree to transfer the IP resources to [IRINN-IN]".
    (c) A statement of whether the APNIC membership account will be closed after the transfer.

2. Contact [IRINN] and have an email confirmation sent from [IRINN] to APNIC to confirm the transfer request. Please be aware that APNIC may only proceed with the transfer request after receiving all the information from (1) and (2) above. If your organization has decided to retain the APNIC account, your organization may only request Internet resources from one source in the future [either the nominated NIR or APNIC]. For more information on the APNIC Transfer of Membership from APNIC to an NIR policy, please see: http://www.apnic.net/policy/nirop/text

What are the steps to manage my resources after transfer?

1. You need to open MyIRINN account with IRINN. You need to apply for affiliation with IRINN, on the following link : https://myirinn.in/chooseAffiliation.action

2. As soon as you put the request , IRINN hostmaster will evaluate your request and after approval , you need register yourself at : https://myirinn.in/showRegisterUser.action

3. Now you will have your Username and password with you and you will be able to login into MyIRINN account at : https://myirinn.in/showUserLogin.action

4. As the Resource transfer has done from APNIC to IRINN account now IRINN will allocate you your resources within 3 working days . This will complete your transfer request and now your resources will be visible in your account and you will be able to manage your resources from your MyIRINN account.

Does transfer will put any technical impact on my resources?
No, During the transfer it will not put any impact over the resources , which you are currently having and neither will affect any routing policy.

How long will it take to approve my transfer?
APNIC has 1-2 working day turnaround time to respond to resource requests. If APNIC needs to clarify any information with the account contacts, additional iterations will add to the amount of time it takes. IRINN will take 3 working days to resolve your ticket of Affiliation and if any further clarification needs then it will extend accordingly.

Are there any fees associated with the transfer?
All transfers from APNIC to IRINN will be free.

Assignment window - FAQs:

  • What is an assignment window (AW)?
  • What is the second opinion request?
  • Why does IRINN require the second opinion requests?
  • Do I need to send in a second opinion request for assignments to my own infrastructure?
  • Can I assign more than my assignment window?
  • What size assignment window is given to new affiliates?
  • How long do I have to wait before my assignment window increases?
  • How long do I have to wait to a second opinion request to be approved by IRINN?
  • What will happen if I do not follow the second opinion process?

What is an assignment window (AW)?
An AW refers to the amount of IP address space that you can assign or sub-allocate to you customers without the need to send in a second opinion request form for IRINNs approval.
For example:
Your organization has been given an assignment window of 0 IP addresses. Therefore you cannot assign an IP addresses to your customers without first receiving approval from IRINN.
Or
Your organization has been given an assignment window of 32 (/27). Therefore, you can assign up to and including 32 IP addresses without the need to seek approval from IRINN. However, if a customer requests more than 32 IP addresses, you must first seek IRINNs approval.

When can I use a Private Autonomous System number?
A Private AS number should be used if an AS requires to do BGP with a single provider. As the routing policy between the AS and the provider will not be visible in the Internet, a Private AS Number can be used for this purpose.

What is the second opinion request?
A second opinion request is the process that is used to seek IRINNs approval for assignment or sub-allocations that exceed your assignment window. On the second opinion request form you outline how you are going to assign IP addresses to your customer networks. The information you need to supply on this form is similar to what you need to provide on the IPv4 ISP Request form except that the second opinion request relates only to customer assignments and sub-allocations, not assignments for your own infrastructure. You must receive IRINNs approval of the second opinion request before you can make assignments or sub-allocations exceeding your assignment window.

Why does IRINN require the second opinion requests?
IRINN applies the assignment window and second opinion process to all affiliates. This is to ensure that all affiliates are familiar with IRINNs policies and follow the correct procedures and practices when assigning IP addresses.

Do I need to send in a second opinion request for assignments to my own infrastructure?
No, you do not need to send in a second opinion request for your infrastructure; however, you do need to ensure that you assign IP addresses conservatively and only on justifiable technical needs (not simply for administrative convenience). Note, when you wish to obtain additional IP addresses from IRINN, you have to demonstrate that you have used 80 per cent of your previous allocation in accordance with IRINNs policies.

Can I assign more than my assignment window?
Yes, you can assign or sub-allocate as many IP addresses as is necessary for your customers to implement their networks. However, before you assign or sub-allocate to your customers, you must submit he second opinion request form and receive IRINNs approval.

What size assignment window is given to new affiliates?
All new affiliates will be given an assignment window of 0 IP addresses when they first join. As the affiliate gains experience, this will be raised.

How long do I have to wait before my assignment window increases?
IRINN will review your assignment window following every third second opinion request. However, this does not mean that your assignment window will automatically increase to the next level. In deciding whether or not to raise the assignment window, IRINN will apply the following criteria:

  • Whether the second opinion form is always completed with the details necessary for IRINNs hostmaster s to evaluate it without requesting additional information.
  • Whether the affiliate has been correctly and accurately updating previously approved second opinion requests in IRINNs database.
  • Whether the affiliate has been assigning or sub-allocating IP addresses conservatively and following the current Internet best practice. For example, the current best practice includes:
  • Assigning IP addresses for 25 per cent immediate usage and 50 per cent usage within one year

How long do I have to wait to a second opinion request to be approved by IRINN?
All requests sent to IRINN will get a reply within 2-3 working day (Monday-Friday). This does not necessarily mean that your requests will be approved the first time as this depends on whether your request is complete, accurate, and contains sufficient information for IRINNs hostmasters to understand and evaluate.

What will happen if I do not follow the second opinion process?
IRINN will request an explanation as to why you have not followed the second opinion process. Provided your explanation is reasonable, IRINN will continue to allocate resources to your organization. Depending on the circumstances, IRINN may also advise you of any action that may be taken if your organization does not follow in future.

Autonomous System numbers:

  • What is an Autonomous system (AS)?
  • When should an AS be created?
  • What is an Autonomous System Number (ASN)?
  • When is a Public ASN required?
  • Am I eligible for a Public ASN?
  • When can I use a Private ASN?
  • This organization I work for is merging with another. Can my ASN be transferred?

What is an Autonomous system (AS)?
An AS is a group of IP networks operated by one or more network operator(s) that has a single and clearly defined external routing policy. Exterior routing protocols are used to exchange routing information between ASes.

When should an AS be created?
An AS needs to be created if a network connects to more than one AS with different routing policies. Some common examples of ASes are networks connected to two or more upstream service providers or exchange points and networks peering locally at exchange points.

What is an Autonomous System Number (ASN)?
A public AS has a globally unique number, an ASN, associated with it. This number is used both in the exchange of exterior routing information (between neighboring ASes) and as an identifier of the AS itself.
There are two types of ASNs:
Public ASNs
Private ASNs

When is a Public ASN required?
A Public ASN is required only when an AS is exchanging routing information with other ASes on the public Internet. That is, all routes originating from an AS is visible on the Internet.

Am I eligible for a Public ASN?
An organization is eligible for an ASN assignment if it:

  • Is multihomed (this includes organizations connected to a public Internet Exchange Point)
  • Has a single, clearly defined routing policy that is different from its providers routing policies.
  • An organization will also be eligible if it can demonstrate that it will meet the above criteria upon receiving an ASN (or within a reasonably short time thereafter).

When can I use a Private ASN?
A Private ASN should be used if an AS is only required to communicate via BGP with a single provider. As the routing policy between the AS and the provider will not be visible in the Internet, a Private ASN can be used for this purpose.

IANA has reserved AS64512 through to AS65535 to be used as private ASNs.

This organization I work for is merging with another. Can my ASN be transferred?
Yes, however the organization that is the current custodian of the ASN will be asked to provide legal documentation of the transfer.

How to Manage Contact in MyIRINN Account ?
Step 1.     Go to https://myirinn.in
Step 2.     Click on Register
Step 3.     Select Existing Account in Register Type & keep your password more then 8 character.
Step 4.     Select Access Type (Any one which you want)
Step 5.     After Successful registeration you will receive a mail from IRINN containg the Authentication Code .
Step 6.     Now corporate person need to login to MyIRINN . Go to left top side of the page and select Manage Contacts
Step 7.     Select Check box of your contact person name & click on Activate Row
Step 8.     Fill the form Create/Update Affiliate Details with Authentication Code , which will appear just below the Activate Row button
Step 9.     At last click on Activate button , After activation you can login with your contact person login credential.