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Create Route object on AFRINIC whois database

CREATE ROUTE OBJECT – AFRINIC WHOIS Database

To begin with go to: http://www.afrinic.net/services/whois-query#whoisCreateObject

  1. Click on “Create Object”
  2. Select “route” to specify the type of object you want to create.
  3. Click on “Load” to load the route object template.

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The route object template will load. Fill in the information that is mandatory, an example is show below:

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Refer to the next page for more details on the route object attributes.

 

Description of Attributes Specific to the Route Object

(1) “route:” – This specifies the IPv4 or IPv6 address prefix of the route. Together with the "origin:" attribute, these constitute a combined primary key of the route object.  The address can only be specified as a prefix(in CIDR notation).

(2) “descr:” - A short description related to the object.

(3) “origin:” - AS Number of the Autonomous System that originates the route into the interAS routing system.  The corresponding aut-num object for this Autonomous System must already exist in the AFRINIC Database.

(4) “mnt-by:” – Specifies the maintainer of your organization to protect the route object. In most cases the “mnt-by” will be same as the “mnt-lower” in the inetnum/inet6num and the “mnt-routes” in the aut-num object. You may identify the mnt-lower/mnt-routes by querying the AFRINIC Whois(http://whois.afrinic.net/) with your inetnum/inet6num or ASN.

(5) “changed:” - The email address of the person creating/updating the route object.

(6) “source:”– This is already filled for you.

(7) Password – You will need to specify the password in clear-text of the maintainer specified as the “mnt-by”.

(8) You may add other attributes by ‘drag-n-drop’  into the text area;

(i) “holes:” - These attributes form a list of the component address prefixes that are not reachable through the aggregate route (that part of the address space is possibly unallocated).

(ii) “org:” – the ORG-HDL of the organisation responsible for this resource.

(iii) “member-of:” – This attribute identifies a set object that this route object wants to be a member of.

(iv) “aggr-mtd:” – This attribute specifies how the aggregate is generated.

(9) Click on “Create” when you have filled in all the mandatory attributes and provided the maintainer password.

 

Note: You may hover your cursor on the attributes in the right-pane to get more details and information on the syntax to be used.

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Special Cases

There are certain cases in which you will not be able to create routes objects:

Case 1: AS numbers not existing in the AFRINIC’s database and belonging to a third party

In this case, please contact AFRINIC via e-mail to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Case 2: AS numbers existing in the AFRINIC’s database and belonging to a third party.

In this case, it will be better to ask the organisation who has been assigned the ASN to create the route object for you as their aut-num object will be having a mnt-lower or mnt-routes which must authorise creation of routing information.