Creating route objects via email updates

How do I create a route object?

Each interdomain route that originates from an Autonomous System (AS) can be specified in the APNIC Whois Database by creating an object called “route” – for IPv4, and “route6” – for IPv6. Before you create this object, you will need to check that:

  1. The following two objects exist in the APNIC Whois Database:
    • Inetnum/inet6num: for the IP range of the route object you are creating
    • aut-num: the AS number (ASN) where your route will originate from

  2. The mnt-routes attribute exists in both the inetnum/inet6num and aut-numobjects and the maintainer referenced in each is the same.

Example:

To create the route object for 192.168.1.0/22

STEP 1: Check the maintainer used for the mnt-routes attribute in the inetnum, and aut-num objects are the same

The parent inetnum objectThe aut-num object – ASN announcing the prefix
inetnum: 192.168.0.0 – 192.168.3.255
netname: EXAMPLENET
descr: Example Internet Service Provider
country: AU
admin-c: XY123-AP
tech-c: XY123-AP
status: ALLOCATED PORTABLE
remarks: This is an example
notify: xyz@example.net
mnt-by: APNIC-HM
mnt-lower: MAINT-AU-EXAMPLE
mnt-routes: MAINTROUTE-AU-EXAMPLE
changed: hm-changed@apnic.net 20131231
source: APNIC
aut-num: AS1234
as-name: Example ASN
descr: ASN announcing 192.168.1.0/22 prefix
country: AU
member-of: as-set1234
import: AS4567
export: AS4567
admin-c: XY123-AP
tech-c: XY123-AP
notify: xyz@example.net
mnt-by: MAINT-AU-EXAMPLE
mnt-routes: MAINTROUTE-AU-EXAMPLE
changed: hm-changed@apnic.net 20131231
source: APNIC

 
Note: If you need to update the inetnum that has APNIC-HM for the mnt-by attribute, please email helpdesk@apnic.net for assistance.
 
 
STEP 2: Obtain the route object template

Make sure that the route object has a mnt-routes attribute and that it is the same maintainer that is used in the mnt-routes attribute for your inetnum and aut-num.

route: 192.168.1.0/22
descr: Example Route object
origin: AS1234
country: AU
notify: xyz@example.net
mnt-by: MAINT-AU-EXAMPLE
mnt-routes: MAINTROUTE-AU-EXAMPLE
changed: hm-changed@apnic.net 20131231
source: APNIC

For more information about the attributes in all the objects within the APNIC Whois Database, please click on the corresponding link within the table of objects in our ‘Quick beginner’s guide’

 
 
STEP 3: Creating the object

If both the AS and prefix are managed under your APNIC account you can create your object using one of the following options:

  1. Using email updates

    Simply email the route object with the password of the mnt-by maintainer to auto-dbm@apnic.net.

    route: 192.168.1.0/22
    descr: Example Route object
    origin: AS1234
    country: AU
    notify: xyz@example.net
    mnt-routes: MAINTROUTE-AU-EXAMPLE
    mnt-by: MAINT-AU-EXAMPLE
    changed: hm-changed@apnic.net 20080808
    source: APNIC
    password: {Password for the ‘mnt-by’ maintainer ‘MAINT-AU-EXAMPLE’}
    Note: The email must be sent in plain text format and not in HTML

  2. In MyAPNIC.

    Refer to the route management guide.

See also