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    Question Needing help on a question.

    Hello NZ PCWorld, I'm new here

    I was just wondering, how do NZ ISP's connect with one another. From googling, I haven't been able to find a definitive answer. Other than the LLB from 2003+.

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    Hello, and welcome to PressF1

    Connect to each other in what way?
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    Default Re: Needing help on a question.

    Probably means how does data get from a user on one ISP to a user on another ISP?
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    On a physical level they all have data connections to each other, usually in the form of an optical "backhaul" connection. Telecom/Chorus are the biggest players so other ISP's tend to hook into their network (which is confusing because Chorus own much of the Gear but Telecom own the ISP and they are separate companies). The internet is not a single giant network really. It's a huge collection of small networks all interconnected to each other and using a few common standards to let them all communicate.

    Rather than one big "cloud" imagine the net as a bunch of small ISP size clouds with a lot of interconnecting lines between them. Then try and follow how part's of one ISP's "cloud" may actually be using another ISP's network to get there.
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    Default Re: Needing help on a question.

    Some ISPs have peering agreements, so traffic between them routes directly from one ISPs network to the other. Some don't, and rely on higher-tier upstream providers. So there's no one answer, other than "Typically via an IP network."
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    Well, there's all these pipes . . . .
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    Default Re: Needing help on a question.

    Thank you for the replies, truth be told this was a question given to me by my tutor at polytech. The original question goes like this: "Find out how an ISP connects to other ISPs within their region or country. If possible, create a diagram showing how New Zealand ISPs connect (only show 6)." I decided to go with a mixture of internet exchanges and what dugimodo said Thanks.

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    You could learn a lot by doing a traceroute. You can do a tracert from within windows. Have a look at Network Tools.
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    if you want a more in-depth example, have a read of THIS -- even has diagrams May be written in 1998, but still how it works today ( or doesn't in some cases )
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    Default Re: Needing help on a question.

    here ya go

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_exchange_point
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_in_New_Zealand

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    Also BGP is involved. That's a routing protocol.

    There's also some giant university/science link that runs up and down the country through multiple ISP's collaborations. It's awesome.
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