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Hi, I'm Iljitsch van Beijnum. These are general neworking-related posts.

The HTTPS and HTTP conundrum

The past few days I have added HTTPS support to bgpexpert.com and iljitsch.com. About ten years ago, I experimented a bit with SSL/TLS (HTTPS) support in Apache, and that was rather difficult.

But no more. Thanks to the efforts of Let's Encrypt and the ACME protocol as implemented in certbot, adding HTTPS support to your websites is now almost ridiculously easy.

Full article / permalink - posted 2021-11-22

→ Software Engineering Radio: Iljitsch van Beijnum on Internet Routing and BGP

I love podcasts. So I'm every happy to be interviewed about BGP on Software Engineering Radio:

Iljitsch van Beijnum, author of the book BGP: Building Reliable Networks with the Border Gateway Protocol https://www.oreilly.com/pub/au/970 discusses internet routing and BGP – the border gateway protocol used by ISPs to update routing information. Host Robert Blumen spoke with Iljitsch about the topology of the internet, autonomous systems (AS), regulatory bodies that coordinate the AS space, IP addresses, the assignment of IPs to ASs; tier-one ISPs, carriers, and home/business ISPs; Internet routing; the path of a packet; routing tables, what they contain, and how they are constructed; routing algorithms; BGP and its role in updating routers with the knowledge of routes held by other routers; and BGP messages. Drill down into the update message. How updates progress from BGP into routing algorithms and then routing tables. What can go wrong. Attacks on BGP.

Permalink - posted 2021-07-13

Mijn internetsnelheden

In de loop der jaren heb ik een flink aantal verschillende verbindingen naar het internet gehad, en uiteraard werden die steeds sneller. Toen ik ooit die lijn doortrok kwam ik uit op 256 terabit/s wanneer ik met pensioen ga. (De AOW-leeftijd was toen nog 65.)

Tijd om eens te zien of ik inderdaad nog steeds op dat pad zit. Alleen merkte ik dat ik niet echt helder meer had op welk moment ik wat voor lijn met wat voor snelheid had. Tijd voor wat uitzoekwerk dus, en ik zet het hier neer zodat ik het later weer terug kan vinden en kan lachen over hoe sloom alles was in het jaar 2021.

Volledig artikel / permalink - geplaatst 2021-05-31

VLANs on the Mikrotik hAP ac³

For my BGP lab/training setups I have a bunch of routers, real or virtual, that each need several IP addresses to talk to other routers. VLANs are the perfect way to keep all of this manageable: with VLANs, it's possible to have separate IP interfaces, but still just use a single Ethernet port to hook everything up. Simple unmanaged switches simply forward the packets to the right port without looking at the VLAN header, so no need to configure the network.

Until I got my Mikrotik hAP ac³ this week...

Full article / permalink - posted 2021-04-04

Ethernet cables in the post-gigabit era

As I'm preparing for the arrival of more > 1000 Mbps Ethernet equipment, I did an inventory of the Ethernet cables I've collected over the years. Turns out there's more variety than expected: I have cat 5 UTP, cat 5e UTP, cat 5e STP and cat 6 STP...

Full article / permalink - posted 2021-03-30

Review: Cable Matters USB 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet adapter

I think it was in 2016 that 2.5 and 5 Gigabit Ethernet was standardized. After a year or two the first USB to 5GE adapters started to appear at about €/$ 100 and about two years ago the first €/$ 50 2.5GE ones. Right now, there's a ton of USB 2.5GE adapters at good prices.

I got a Cable Matters one for € 31 off of Amazon.

Full article / permalink - posted 2021-03-03

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