AARNet's CDN Mirror
 
 

Mirror FAQ

Q.

What is the AARNet Mirror ?

A.

You can find out about this at the about page.

Q.

What sort of network/bandwidth is available ?

A.

Internal bandwidth is provided by gigabit and ten gigabit connections into a switch which is directly connected into the core AARNet3 network at 10 gigabits per second around Australia.

Q.

Why should I use the AARNet Mirror site ?

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There are a number of reasons. Firstly, using the AARNet Mirror costs your University less, and that means it costs you less. It also ensures that AARNet will continue offering the service. Finally, chances are it will be a lot quicker to access than overseas sites, since it is located here in Australia.

Q.

How do I get an archive added to mirror?

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Please email mirror@aarnet.edu.au with as much information about the archive and the reason it should be added as you can. Including a contact email address and URL for the archive site would be helpful.

Q.

Will you mirror anything ?

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The charter is to provide local mirrors of archives useful to the AARNet members. This means there is a wide variety of archives that we'd consider. To date, we have concentrated on OpenSource software and specific academic archives as requested by end users.

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What won't you mirror ?

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We cannot mirror content that is illegal to distribute within Australia. If you are aware of such on the mirror, please contact us immediately. We might not be allowed to mirror some content due to copyright issues where permission has been refused.

Q.

We're a company that would like to get our commercial software mirrored, how much does it cost ?

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The AARNet Mirror does not offer a commercial mirroring facility. If you believe your content is of specific interest to our customers, please contact us.

Q.

Are torrent files from mirror on-net downloads ?

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The actual torrent file itself is classed as on-net traffic. Once you open the torrent file in a torrent client we can no longer guarantee that the content is being downloaded from on-net sources as the peers may not be located at on-net sources. The only way we can guaranteethat the file is on-net is if you download the whole file from the mirror directly.

Q.

Why did my ISO download corrupt ? Why is my ISO download too small ?

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The AARNet Mirror is capable of serving files larger than 4 gigabytes in size using the HTTP protocol. Not all web browsers are capable of doing this however, and quite commonly Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Apple's Safari will either truncate or corrupt large files. We suggest switching to an alternate web browser or using the FTP protocol to download files over 2 gigabytes.