Network Overview

CAAREN is a research network built to support the most demanding research.  We have a dedicated 100Gbps connection to Internet2’s Advanced Layer 2 Service (AL2S) and Advanced Layer 3 Services (AL3S).

Technical Information
CAAREN’s network consists of a Juniper MX480 with 100Gbps, 10Gbps, and 1Gbps interfaces.  To reach Internet2, we use GW’s Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) infrastructure. CAAREN connects to an ONS15454 using 100GBASE-SR10 parallel short-range optics. Using the latest DWDM technology - including reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers (ROADMS) and coherent optics - the signal is carried to the Internet2 point-of-presence (PoP) at the Level3 Gateway in Mclean, Virginia. At this site, we access the Internet2 backbone to reach other research organizations, access the Internet2 Peering Exchange (I2PX), and Cloud Connect, which provides private access to cloud providers.