Getting A Cogent Connection To A Cabinet

Jul 31, 2009

if I rented a half, or full cabinet for colocation. And would wanted Cogent was my isp for the cabinet how much do they charge?

Days they take to setup?

Costs to setup? (Setup fee?)

I know their pricing 100Mbps for $1,000 which is pretty crazy deal. And if I would go on their contract would it save me a setup fee?

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Testing Cogent DNS On A Cogent Line

Jan 19, 2007

I am having a strange DNS issue on a Cogent circuit using Cogent DNS servers at and What is happening is that some domain requests will timeout the first try. Then subsequent tries will be quick with no timeouts.

I am having a very hard time getting through to Cogent that there might be an issue somewhere and I was wondering if anyone on a Cogent line using the same Cogent DNS servers could also do a test for me to and see if you can reproduce any timeouts.

How I am testing:
- Open nslookup (in linux use: nslookup -timeout=2, windows defaults to 2 seconds)
- Picking a random domain name (favorite, movie, brand, random
- Repeating test for same domain if timeout occurs to see the next query resolve instantly

Here is an example of what Is happening for me:
[eger@womp ~]# nslookup -timeout=2
;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached

Non-authoritative answer:
;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached

Non-authoritative answer:

I picked 2 random domains (that were likely not cached at the name server) and they both timeout the first try. Anyone else able to replicate this?

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1/2 Cabinet Or Full Cabinet

Jun 29, 2007

Just wanted to get some opinions. I assume you are trying to colo, and you will fill 1/2 rack in 1 year. I have two options:

1. Get 1/2 rack, 20amps first and get another one when full.
2. Get full rack, 20amps and add 20amps later.

The first one will save $250/mo. The second one will give you redundancy and privately your rack/cabinet.

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Feb 16, 2008

If you had to deciede between one of the two lowest wholesale providers, which would you choose and why?

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Jul 31, 2009

Anybody have a good source for APC cabinets? I need a full truck-load of AR3100.

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Cogent Vs. Bandcon

Sep 15, 2009

We are nearing the end of our contract with cogent and are deciding whether to continue with them. Bandcon has recently (within a last year or so) established its presence in NYC metro area.

Who would you choose among the two? Please give your input and evaluation of the two networks.

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How Many Servers Fit In A Cabinet

Mar 24, 2008

I have a guesstimate, but I wanted to check with someone more knowledgeable.

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Cogent In Seattle

Jun 28, 2008

Have 2 questions

1. How about the quality of Cogent in Seattle?

2. Where can I buy Cogent there? Looking for 100mbps commit

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Cabinet Configuration

Aug 16, 2007

Lets assume I have the following equipment Hardware Firewall, Switch, 1U KVMoIP, 1U server and a 0U APC Switchable Power strip.

So there is 1 FastE ethernet drop.


Switch -> KVMoIP
-> APC
-> Server

Of course, then


My question is, which comes first after the FastE drop, firewall then switch or vice-versa?

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Colocating With Cogent

Sep 3, 2007

Is colocating with Cogent practical decision.

They offer 10 or 100 Mbps connection

Requires a year contract for full rack.

Question is how does their service, network and bandwidth do compared to other DC/providers?

For those who use (or have used) their colocation service, what kind of feedback can you give?

We are considering colocating with them.

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Cabinet At PAIX

Apr 23, 2007

providers who might have a cabinet available at PAIX?

We just got a great deal on a Gig circuit to PAIX, but the carrier doesn't have space available.

We'll probably to putting in a 6506 - so at least half a cabinet, most likely a full one.

We don't need bandwidth, just a cabinet and power.

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Cogent Redundent Circuits?

Dec 15, 2006

So apparently my sales rep is telling me cogent will not give me a second circuit for a redundent line so in other words, no vrrp or hsrp nothing Unless! i purchase another 200mb contract with them.

Anyone else ever have this problem?

not even are they willing to do a port fee for the second gbic i'd take up.

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What Should I Expect To Pay For Half Cabinet

Jul 20, 2009

I currently use a half cabinet and think I'm paying way too much. I pay $1,000/month for half rack (10 meg bandwidth) 20 amps power, etc. Service and connectivity has been great (Ashburn, VA data center) but I think it's just over priced.

What should I pay for half cab, 20 amps, 5-10 MEG bandwidth, 20 amps?

On that note, what if I was to go for a full cabinet solution, same power and bandwidth, what is ultimately the expected price for a reputable colo provider?

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Unmetered Cogent Bandwidth

Jul 13, 2008

i want to know any datacenter that offer 10 Mb or 100Mb port unmetered cogent bandwidth.
Do you know any?

It is for an image hosting file service.

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Cheapest Price From Cogent

May 19, 2008

I am sure people have been in contact with Cogent regarding connectivity...

They gave me a price for a 100 Megabit and a 1 Gigabit connection. So I wanted to see what people were quoted by Cogent.

He claims they have re-structured their entire business over the past 12 months.

He quoted $10/Megabit... How does this compare to anyone else?

Also is even getting a connection thru Cogent worth it?

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Cogent Support Going Down Hill

May 2, 2008

I have been using Cogent for many years and have always been pretty pleased with the service and bandwidth (I know many consider bottom rate/budget bandwidth). I would usually be able to call in and speak with someone who could check routing, login to switches to verify port settings, and make reverse DNS changes right then and there.

Within the last 6 months though I have been getting pretty poor support from them. Seems they are hiring more and more people just to be able to answer phones. The techs seem to have a hard time comprehending even simple reverse DNS requests and always ask me to hold for extended periods of time.

Today I called in and was even asked to hold right as they picked up the phone!! I mean, if your just going to pick up to ask me to hold, why pick up in the first place until you are ready?

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Considering Move

Apr 8, 2008

I am considering getting a server from Their offer is great and sales has been very helpful and fast. Left definitely a good impression.

The downside is that they are on Cogent-only bandwidth. In the past I have really gotten something against Cogent, mainly due to one of my FDC servers being routed over Cogent and only pulling 10K/sec to Europe.

How is the Cogent network nowadays? Has it improved since a year ago? Worth considering?

From my tests the speeds are actually really great. They are located in San Jose, and I am testing speeds to Europe. For example to Surfnet Amsterdam (Cogent hands off the traffic to Surfnet in Amsterdam, so its on the Cogent network all the way) I am able to pull 2.53MB/sec. This is an incredible speed for a Westcoast<->Europe transfer. It almost makes me believe Cogent has started getting its act together.

For people who would like to test speeds, please use this test file. Especially European tests would be interesting, and it would be great if you could post where cogent hands off traffic from LosAngeles to either your network or a transit network. (In the US or Europe)

Right now I am hosting on a Level3/GlobalCrossing network @ the eastcoast. This works really well but it shows in the price. If I could combine a couple of budget boxes into one of those Quadcores it would save quite a lot. Question is: Is Cogent trustworty nowadays?

Thanks for your input

Ps. I know that hosting on a single-homed network is not the smartest thing to do. However they will add more carriers soon so this will not really be an issue. I'm expecting them to not drop Cogent tho, so my question remains

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23-inch Cabinet Choices

Jun 25, 2008

I use APC Netshelter cabinets now; I have a need for some cabinets with 23-inch wide rails, capable of holding telco muxes, rectifiers, batteries, etc. Any suggestions on cabinet?

Something that would blend in with APC Netshelters (black, bowed/curved door on cold aisle) would be nice. I know I've seen a cabinet very similar to Netshelter delivered from NetApp, but with a grey/off-black color, and 1-piece door on the hot aisle. If APC is just sourcing their cabinets from some manufacturer who takes engineering requests, it would be great to find out who makes them.

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Choosing A Switch For Cabinet.

Mar 1, 2007

I'm planning to move my co-located server to a cabinet soon. We are adding dedicated web & database servers to take the load off of the main box. I will get one GigE drop in this cabinet, so obviously I need a switch.

No routing is needed on my end, so my guess is that the regular GigE switch would do just fine. But I have few concerns about my setup.

All of my servers have dual GigE port. My plan is to connect one to the internet, and another to a local private lan for SMB, database, SNMP, and such. Jumbo frame is enabled on a private lan.

Is there any 16-port switch that allows me to assign 8 ports into one virtual switch (1500-byte frame) and another 8 into another virtual switch (9000-byte frame) ?

On the internet side, I expect to be pushing around 300-400mbps, a bit higher on the private lan. I need a very stable switch that won't choke or crash at this rate.

I'd also like to be able to limit throughput on each port, and probably do port/ip filtering on this switch instead of iptables on each box. (Am I asking too much for a switch?)

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Cogent Network At Colo4Dallas

May 2, 2007

Is there anyone here using Cogent network at Colo4Dallas? I have a request for file transfer hosting, dont need premium network.

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Cogent Experience At Marina Del Rey

Jun 2, 2007

Anyone using a Cogent colocation at Marina Del Rey, CA that would care to share their experience (good or bad).

Any gotchas that we should consider ?

Considering getting a single cabinet at that location and am interested in quality and reliability of network and facilities. We rarely use remote hands so that is not much of an issue.

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AOL > Cogent Traffic Sluggish....

Aug 17, 2007

We use Cogent at our colo, and since this Monday (8/13/07) we've been gettin dozens of complaints from AOL users stating that connections to our sites are very, very slow and often time out.

We tested from an AOL session and were able to confirm this. We found this odd, because it came out of the blue and nothing had changed on our end. We also get excellent all-around performance from other (non AOL) connections, be it dialup or broadband.

We went ahead and did a bunch of traceroutes on the AOL session. We found things get bogged down as soon as it hits Cogent's routers in DC (timeouts / no response). These AOL sessions have no problems whatsoever with other sites and other (non cogent hosted sites) loaded fast and without issue. We then tested loading Cogent's own web site from the AOL session and saw the same sluggishness as well. The same happened when we tested a couple other Cogent client sites from AOL. They all pulled very slow (10 to 35+ secs per page) on an AOL/DSL session. This did not happen on the same broadband connection w/out AOL running on top of it. The same pages loaded very fast.

Just wondering if other Cogent clients are experiencing this? :? We have not heard from them about this, but wanted to know if this is something isolated or not.

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Cabinet Co-location (How Does It Work)

Aug 11, 2007

If I colo a full cabinet with anyone like colo4dallas, calpop or any other random host:

Does it mean they give me a cabinet I can put my servers in


Do I have to bring my own Cabinet?

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Ganging Up On Cabinet Colocation

Aug 25, 2007

When looking at the 1U's, I have to search really long and hard trying to find a half-decent host. A lot of companies skimp on something when offering colo, and makes for a bad day when that particular service is needed.

On the other hand, I see a lot of colocation offers for great deals on Cabinets and half Cabinets. High, premium bandwidth, PLENTY of amps, top of the line support, etc. It would be tempting to go for these, except I only have a single unit server.

I was going to give up on finding a good colo, then I got an idea. What if I got together a few other people, we all pitched in for our slice of a cabinet, and bring the price well within reasonable limits for those of us with low demands?

Would it be too difficult to do something like this? If you run across this topic and are looking for colo, would you be willing to give this a shot?

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Any Review On Cogent Owned Colo

Sep 2, 2009

there is anyone out there who has their infrastructure colocated in cogent owned datacenter. And how stable and secure is it. The only reason i m interested in Cogent owned colo is that they provide solid SLA.

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Best Place To Buy Shelves For A Dell Cabinet

Feb 25, 2009

Where is the best place to buy shelves for a dell cabinet?

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HiVelocity Forcing Cogent Outbound

Mar 29, 2009

Could you guys look and see if what I am seeing is right? They offer Global Crossing and Cogent officially. So if I use GLBX looking glass, I get this.

Trying trace from node 'Miami, FL, US' to ''
1 ( 0.761 ms 0.608 ms
2 ( 5.690 ms 5.695 ms
3 ( 5.731 ms 5.880 ms
4 ( 7.442 ms 6.667 ms
5 ( 15.734 ms 15.993 ms
6 ( 15.861 ms 15.795 ms

Now if I tracert from the VPS to the GLBX router, I get this.

traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 ( 0.072 ms 0.035 ms 0.008 ms
2 ( 0.731 ms 0.863 ms 1.003 ms
3 ( 1.147 ms 1.142 ms 1.428 ms
4 ( 0.818 ms 0.814 ms 0.807 ms
5 ( 148.004 ms * *
6 ( 5.847 ms 5.839 ms 5.872 ms
7 ( 11.953 ms 23.819 ms 23.870 ms
8 ( 11.721 ms 11.752 ms 11.787 ms
9 ( 11.962 ms 11.921 ms 11.987 ms
10 ( 12.252 ms 12.359 ms 12.444 ms
11 ( 16.026 ms 16.061 ms 16.594 ms

Now what would be causing this to happen?

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What Is The Going Rate On Cogent-only BW For Reasonably High Volumes

Oct 10, 2008

how much per mbps is the norm, assuming we're ordering 50+?

what about non-cogent?

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Average Bandwidth Usage Per Cabinet

Nov 1, 2007

I'm about to move 31 machines into a 42U full cabinet

Previously I was on an uncapped bandwidth provider but we had a lot of problems with them so I decided to find a new provider who charges bandwidth by mbps

I do not have mrtg installed or managed switches, but I may start with 10mbps.

But I'm just curious, what takes a full cabinet with more than 30 machines does the total bandwidth takes you.

Perhaps any colo provider here don't mind to share their stats.

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Pure-ftp :: 425 Could Not Open Data Connection To Port 2535: Connection Timed Out

Apr 7, 2008

I have ftp server (pure-ftp). with firewall.

i allowed 20 and 21 port in "CSF" firewall

now when i or our client connect to the server connection done.

and the they fire dir or ls command they will receive error

"425 Could not open data connection to port 2535: Connection timed out"

what is the problem.i have already allowed passive port 2500:3500 then why i received this types of error

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Opinions On This Cabinet Style's Ability To Cool

Mar 29, 2007

What do you think about this cabinet style's ability to cool say 18-20 1U core 2 duo servers? [see attached jpeg.]

its got a fan in the ceiling of it. I have read that ceiling fans don't do much and its the front to back cooling that really makes a difference. Is this true?

If you don't like this type of cab, which type do you like?

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