Route Objects – FAQs

  1. What is a route object used for?
  2. What information is in a route object?
  3. Do I need a route object?
  4. Can I create a route object?
  5. I have an IP addresses from a different RIR, can I create a route object in the APNIC Whois Database?
  6. I have an ASN from a different RIR, can I create a route object in the APNIC Whois Database?
  7. Are my IP addresses routed as soon as I create a route object?
  8. Can I create multiple route objects for the same IP prefix?
  9. How can I create a route object in APNIC Whois Database?

What is a route object used for?

Route objects, in combination with the aut-num and other related objects, can be used to describe your routing policy in a compact form..

What information is in a route object?

An IP prefix and an Autonomous System Number (ASN) are the key components of a route object. To see all the information in a route object please click here.

Do I need a route object?

The “route” object is used to record routes that may appear in the global routing table. Route objects exist both for the configuration of routing information filters and to support network problem diagnoses.

Can I create a route object?

If you are the IP prefix custodian and your resources managed under an APNIC account, yes, you can create a route object in the APNIC Whois Database. To find out how, please see question 9.

I have an IP addresses from a different RIR, can I create a route object in the APNIC Whois Database?

The APNIC Whois Database contains route objects for IP addresses delegated by APNIC. If you have received an IP address from a different RIR, you need to create your route objects in the relevant RIR whois database or other third part Internet routing registries.

I have an ASN from a different RIR, can I create a route object in the APNIC Whois Database?

If you have received IP address from APNIC, you can use MyAPNIC to create route objects for your IP address using any ASN that you have authorized – irrespective of who the ASN custodian is or which RIR has delegated that ASN.

Are my IP addresses routed as soon as I create a route object?

No. A route object in the whois database is only an information record. For IPs to be routed, routers need to be configured to announce the IPs with an ASN. Route object information can be used for configuration of routing information filters.

Can I create multiple route objects for the same IP prefix?

Yes, you can create as many route objects as you like for the same IP prefix.

How can I create a route object in APNIC Whois Database?

The easiest way to create a route object is to use MyAPNIC. For more information, please see the guide for creating route objects in MyAPNIC. You can also create route objects by emailing your route object template to auto-dbm@apnic.net. For more information on creating route objects via email update, click here.