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Become a RIPE Atlas Probe Host

Hosting a RIPE Atlas probe is easy. Create a RIPE NCC Access account and apply for a probe - we'll evaluate your request to determine whether the RIPE Atlas network would benefit from having you host a probe, depending on your location, and let you know if your application has been approved.* If your application is approved, we'll send you a probe. Then you just need to register it online and plug it in. Your probe will automatically start performing measurements and you'll start earning credits you can use to perform your own customised measurements.

Step 1 - Create a RIPE NCC Access account

If you don't already have a RIPE NCC Access account, please create one. By doing so, you'll become a member of the RIPE Atlas community and will be able to apply for a probe.

*If you are a RIPE NCC member, please make sure you log in to your RIPE NCC Access account using your membership account details before applying for your probe.

Step 2 - Apply for a probe

You can apply online for your own RIPE Atlas probe. We'll evaluate your request and, if it is approved, we'll send you a probe by post at no charge. Note that there are RIPE Atlas Service Terms and Conditions for hosting a probe.

If you've already received a RIPE Atlas probe from a RIPE Atlas ambassador or sponsor, skip ahead to step 3 below.

Step 3 - Register your probe

Once you receive your probe, you'll need to register your probe so that we can keep track of it within the RIPE Atlas infrastructure.

Step 4 - Plug in the probe

Once you've registered your probe, you just need to plug it in.

  • Use a UTP cable to connect your probe to an Ethernet port on your home router, switch, etc.
  • Use a USB power outlet to power the probe. In many cases there's one on your switch/router. You can also use a USB charger to connect the probe to a power supply.
  • In most networks, the probe will be able to get an IP address with DHCP and nothing further needs to be done to connect the probe. If you do not have a DHCP server already, you can configure DHCP or configure a static IP address (static configuration is necessary for an IPv6-only network).

That's it! It may take a few hours for the probe to connect to the RIPE Atlas infrastructure. Once it does, you will see information about your probe when you log in to the RIPE Atlas website.

Now that your probe is set up

Once we detect that your probe is connected to the RIPE Atlas infrastructure, you'll be able to see it listed on the homepage of the RIPE Atlas website when you are logged in. Click on the probe's name for more detailed information about it, the results of the built-in and user-defined measurements it's involved in, its connection history, and much more.

After you connect your probe, you'll also be featured as a new arrival on the RIPE Atlas Community page.

As long as your probe remains connected, you'll earn credits you can use to conduct your own user-defined measurements using the RIPE Atlas network.

Mailing lists

You can join the public mailing list for RIPE Atlas users (be advised that this is a public list which is archived). It can be used to give us your feedback and interact with other RIPE Atlas users.

For more general discussions about Internet measurements with the RIPE community, the Measurement Analysis and Tools (MAT) Working Group mailing list is available.

Still need help?

You can find out more about RIPE Atlas in the FAQ. If you still have a question or need help, please email atlas [at] ripe [dot] net

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