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RIPE Atlas Anchor V3 Installation Instructions

Installation Instructions

If you're looking for the instructions for the older Soekris model (Anchor V2), please go here

You can opt to buy your RIPE Atlas anchor from a reseller of your choice, or from Varia store.

If you decide to purchase the hardware at Varia store, please carefully read all of the instructions below.

If you decide to purchase the hardware from another reseller, you might want to skip the assembly section below and go directly to the section "Finalise the anchor setup".


In this example, we are using the Varia APU2C4 1U rackmount bundle.

The APU2 board comes pre-installed in the 1U rack-mounted case:


Top view

This needs to be opened up to install/replace the mSATA SSD, by unscrewing the four screws (two on each side):


Side view of screws

Once opened, the case looks like this:


Internal, top view

This bundle comes with a 16GB SSD, which we need to replace with the Samsung 256GB SSD:


Internal, zoomed view of SSD

If your system does not already have an SSD installed, you can skip the next step.

Release the clips to remove the existing SSD:


Internal, zoomed view of SSD release clips

Install the new 256GB SSD in the mSATA port as shown in the picture below:


Internal, new SSD inserted

Push down on the SSD until it clips into place:


Internal, new SSD clipped into place

Screw the case back on, and attach the rack-mount ears to the case.

~ Finalise the anchor setup

Complete the details on the "Anchors" page

It is important that all the mandatory information is filled in. Only then will we be able to send you the software image you need for your anchor. The "Anchors" page can only be accessed from "My Atlas" if you are logged in to your RIPE NCC Access account and if your request has already been approved.

Download the software

We will send you an email with a link to download the software image for your anchor. You need to download it onto the USB stick with at least 1GB capacity. This image should be burned directly onto the USB stick, using the Unix dd utility or something similar. Example instructions on how to do this can be found here.

Connect the anchor to your network

The anchor must be connected to your network and power and must be placed in front of your network’s firewalls. You can decide for yourself the best location for it at your organisation. Be aware that the anchor may need up to 10Mbit bandwidth (currently much less). This is needed to guarantee the anchor can support all the measurements that will be generated by the RIPE NCC, yourself and other RIPE Atlas users. The network connection should be plugged into the "eth0" or "em0" ethernet port.

Install the software

Unplug the power cable for your anchor. Plug the USB stick into your anchor on the USB port, then plug the power cable in. The installation will automatically start and it will continue for about 30 minutes. Do not disconnect the USB stick or power cable during this period.

After 30 minutes you can unplug the USB stick and unplug the power cable again. Wait a few seconds before plugging the power cable back in. At this point, your anchor has the RIPE Atlas software on it and it is ready to be tested by the RIPE NCC.

It is important that once you have installed the software and connected the anchor, you log in to your RIPE Atlas account, go to the "My Atlas" menu and then "Anchors", and check the boxes “Software is installed” and "Anchor is connected to the network" so the RIPE NCC gets notified and can begin these tests.

Pass internal tests to verify measurements are possible

The RIPE NCC will perform some internal tests to check that the anchor is properly set up. If it isn't, we will contact you to troubleshoot.

NOTE: Your anchor will not be fully activated and will not have IPv6 connectivity until we have finished these internal tests. We will notify you when they are complete.

Your anchor has been successfully setup!

Once all verifications are complete, the anchor will be fully activated and will become public:

  • You will be able to locate it on the map of anchors
  • It will appear on the list of anchors
  • You can use it as a probe for your own measurements
  • You will be able to select the anchor as a target under 'My Measurements'
  • It will be added to the anchoring measurements that the RIPE NCC runs for you
  • You will start earning credits you can use to perform your own customised measurements

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