Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




314 posts

Ultimate Geek


# 97661 19-Feb-2012 15:06
Send private message

Hi guys, I was wondering how my data reaches it's destination overseas and what route it takes.
I orignally thought, that all my data originating for offshore goes via the SX cable to the USA and then from there to it's destination. I was just wondering, I'm using a VPN Based in Switzerland atm. If the data doesn't go from NZ via Australia, and then on to Asia, and then onto Europe. Instead of going through the USA.

Not that it matters, I'm just very curious.

Thanks

Create new topic
2460 posts

Uber Geek


  # 583449 19-Feb-2012 15:23
Send private message

Short version: Magic.

Longer version: All depends on what transit your ISP buys and where that goes. For the most part, most NZ ISPs will buy transit to AU (via SXC) and then transit to the US.
So if you want to get to Tokyo, it'll go up to the US then across the pacific to Japan.

There doesn't seem to much transit to europe via asia at the moment. I'm sure there are cost/bandwidth issues there..

3892 posts

Uber Geek


  # 583502 19-Feb-2012 18:01
Send private message

Why does it go via .au when SCX heads to .us from akl.nz?





Promote New Zealand - Get yourself a .kiwi.nz domain name!!!

Check out mine - i.am.a.can.do.kiwi.nz - don@i.am.a.can.do.kiwi.nz


 
 
 
 


2460 posts

Uber Geek


  # 583512 19-Feb-2012 18:26
Send private message


DonGould: Why does it go via .au when SCX heads to .us from akl.nz?



I think the OP is asking why it doesn't go via asia? Instead of going via asia it's going via the US.


220 posts

Master Geek

Trusted

  # 583875 20-Feb-2012 13:55
Send private message

Depending on your ISP, their transit provider---or providers, ultimate destination, time of day, traffic load, sunspot activity, cable-seeking trawlers, hacker cabals, fat-fingered operators, etc. etc...

...your packet gets to Auckland and either heads West toward Australia or North East towards Hawaii.

From Australia:
  • North into Asia, or possibly 
  • West  towards Africa. 

From Hawaii:
  • West to Japan
  • East to Los Angeles

From Los Angeles, off into the America hinterland (including North & South America) or over East and thence to Europe. 

Or, as already answered... "magic". 


Note that the ISP has surprisingly little it can do to determine the forward path, and even less control over the return path.

Basically, packet forwarding, which is to say "the Internet", depends on the random kindness of strangers. And that is a good thing.

1990 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 584098 20-Feb-2012 18:44
Send private message

DonGould: Why does it go via .au when SCX heads to .us from akl.nz?


One side goes from Whenuapai to Sydney, and other side from Takapuna to Hawaii (unless I'm mixed up) but your ISP may choose to route some data to/through Oz and some directly to San Jose. Really depends on where and how they buy their bandwidth. Either way, the most efficient way to get data to Europe will be via USA, so a VPN to europe is relatively inefficient with high latency compared to a VPN to the states or ozzy.




Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going  ^_^

8035 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 584105 20-Feb-2012 18:51
Send private message

You see the internet is a series of tubes....

3892 posts

Uber Geek


  # 584113 20-Feb-2012 19:09
Send private message

Ragnor: You see the internet is a series of tubes....


Except in New Zealand where it's a bunch of straws... oh, hold on, straws are tubes aren't they... ok.. you're right.





Promote New Zealand - Get yourself a .kiwi.nz domain name!!!

Check out mine - i.am.a.can.do.kiwi.nz - don@i.am.a.can.do.kiwi.nz


 
 
 
 


1322 posts

Uber Geek


  # 584266 20-Feb-2012 23:31
Send private message

straws with sponges placed randomly :P





Create new topic



Switch your broadband provider now - compare prices


Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Netflix releases 21 Studio Ghibli works
Posted 22-Jan-2020 11:42


Vodafone integrates eSIM into device and wearable roadmap
Posted 17-Jan-2020 09:45


Do you need this camera app? Group investigates privacy implications
Posted 16-Jan-2020 03:30


JBL launches headphones range designed for gaming
Posted 13-Jan-2020 09:59


Withings introduces ScanWatch wearable combining ECG and sleep apnea detection
Posted 9-Jan-2020 18:34


NZ Police releases public app
Posted 8-Jan-2020 11:43


Suunto 7 combine sports and smart features on new smartwatch generation
Posted 7-Jan-2020 16:06


Intel brings innovation with technology spanning the cloud, network, edge and PC
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:54


AMD announces high performance desktop and ultrathin laptop processors
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:42


AMD unveils four new desktop and mobile GPUs including AMD Radeon RX 5600
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:32


Consolidation in video streaming market with Spark selling Lightbox to Sky
Posted 19-Dec-2019 09:09


Intel introduces cryogenic control chip to enable quantum computers
Posted 10-Dec-2019 21:32


Vodafone 5G service live in four cities
Posted 10-Dec-2019 08:30


Samsung Galaxy Fold now available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Dec-2019 00:01


NZ company oDocs awarded US$ 100,000 Dubai World Expo grant
Posted 5-Dec-2019 16:00



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.