03 October 2021 / /
Expanding the core network of a wireless ISP
We expanded and added reslience the network of TxRx, in spite of a forced move over Christmas from their existing provider.
31 August 2021 / /
Real-Time IoT/M2M Network Telemetry and Event-Driven Automation
Explaning how to use our industry-leading IoT and M2M telemetry and APIs to build event-driven software-defined networks.
22 August 2021 / /
Broadband Network Telemetry over MQTT
We expose live telemetry and control plane APIs via MQTT, easing the path for customers to create their own network automation using our wholesale platform.
07 April 2021 / /
Faelix is a Zen Internet Wholesale Partner
Wholesale broadband services bring additional flexibility and agility to our connectivity services portfolio.
19 February 2021 / /
High Availability L2TP LNS Steering with FreeRADIUS and ExaBGP
The specification, technical design, and implementation details of our L2TP RADIUS tunnel-steering configuration for wholesale XDSL/FTTP services.
07 February 2021 / /
Faelix is a LINX Silver ConneXions Reseller Partner
We're proud to announce that we've achieved LINX Silver ConneXions Reseller Partner Status
31 January 2021 / /
National Fibre at Heaton Group Bolton
We're providing white-label ISP services in collaboration with National Fibre to deliver gigabit broadband connectivity to 61 flats in Bolton.
30 January 2021 / /
Our Network Collective podcast
We did an hour podcast interview with Network Collective where they asked us about building out our provider network in the UK
23 January 2021 /
Growing our RSS Feed
Adding an RSS feed to our statically-built website.
03 January 2021 / /
Our Trials and Tribulations with the Intel i40e Series
How a fault with a network driver caused an unexpected router crash on New Year's Eve.
16 December 2020 / /
Our UK Ring is Complete
The last link in our network around the UK was brought into production service.
28 November 2020 / /
How we helped Epix to mitigate a potential #FAIL
How we helped a client with server resilience and redundancy, making a number of marginal gains in hardware configuration and datacentre locations.
11 October 2020 / /
A story of industry collaboration during lockdown
How we built Pinnacom's new network during COVID lockdown.
01 August 2020 / /
Connecting Creative Concern
We delivered 1Gbit/s fibre into a busy media agency using the DCMS Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.
06 June 2020 / /
New VPS Images
The latest operating systems you can install on our virtual servers.
18 April 2020 / /
RPKI and BGP Routing Security
RPKI has suddenly gone viral on social media as Cloudflare launched their "isbgpsafeyet.com" website. But what does it all mean?
22 February 2020 / /
Announcing Halophile Router
We are open-sourcing the tool that we built to manage our BGP peering and transit routers.
08 November 2019 /
We've been reading... #1
A post about what we've been reading over the last couple of weeks.
10 October 2019 / /
Our Peering and Transit Network Upgrade
Over the last month we have been working hard to upgrade and improve our network. We have performed some maintenance, some upgrades, and overhauled our peering and transit "edge" to improve routing convergence, BGP security, and be ready to grow our capacity.
18 September 2019 / /
Takeaways from UKNOF44
Our highlights from the talks and topics discussed at the UK Network Operators' Forum.
09 April 2019 / /
The Story of CVE-2018-19299
A tale of scanning IPv6 Address Space… and the remote vulnerabilities it uncovered.
12 March 2019 / /
New VPS Images
The latest operating systems you can install on our virtual servers.
18 July 2018 / /
The Time in China
Using anycast to prop up the capacity of the NTP Pool Project .cn Zone.
01 July 2018 / /
Good Internet Manners
About the MANRS initiative, and why Faelix has joined it.
19 June 2018 / /
Getting Oxidized to Talk to Mattermost
A technical how-to guide for delivering configuration diffs from Oxidized into Mattermost.
31 May 2018 / /
Trialling ARM Boards as Compute Nodes
As part of our drive to increase energy efficiency we are always looking at new technologies that can help us further this commitment. We have taken inspiration from some of the largest cloud providers and begun trialling ARM-based servers for some of our CRM services.
08 May 2018 / /
Explaining our privacy-by-design approach to email tracking in fulcrm.
05 May 2018 / /
Using Teleport for Service Management
Using an advanced ssh server to adopt best-practice security measures, improve auditability, and empower both your customers and junior staff.
24 April 2018 / /
General Data Protection Regulation
As the implementation deadline draws closer we've been contacted by a number of customers about GDPR. Here's what we have been doing behind the scenes for the last year.
27 March 2018 / /
Installing a LeoNTP Stratum 1 GPS NTP Receiver
How do servers know what time it is?
10 February 2018 / /
Using MooseFS for Distributed Replicated Storage
How we deployed MooseFS for file storage in our CRM.
23 January 2018 / /
Crashing Safari Notification Agent
The story about discovering a remote denial of service vulnerability in Apple's OS X.
14 September 2017 / /
Pushing Packets at Infest
Volunteering to help bring Internet connectivity to a three day music festival.
12 May 2017 / /
When LAGs Go Bad: Network Aggravation
Link aggregation is a cost-effective way to increase bandwidth. But there can be pitfalls which are difficult to debug should problems strike.
04 April 2017 / /
Does the Internet Change Everything?
A lecture at Westminster University about the effects of the Internet upon democracy.
28 March 2017 / /
Security Notice Regarding Faelix Registered Office
No client-confidential data or business-affecting items have been taken, following a burglary of the Faelix registered office (as no such items are kept there).
27 March 2017 / /
Change of Bank Account Details
A short notice that we are changing bank to Santander Corporate.
14 February 2017 / /
Things We Love
To the causes close to our hearts and in thanks for the trust our customers place in us: our love!
20 January 2017 / /
Managing Servers at Scale
How does Faelix make cloud-style devops at scale compatible with tailor-made managed hosting?
12 January 2017 / /
NetMcr #7 Presentation: MikroTik RouterOS
MikroTik routers: what are they all about?
20 November 2016 / /
Fun Weekend Project: a CAPsMAN v2 Deployment
Upgrading a residential network and exploring rural wireless 4G options.
14 November 2016 / /
Keeping Your Rack Cool with One "/ip route rule"
Keeping your rack Cool with one IP route rule - A presentation at the MikroTik MUM in London, 2016
19 September 2016 / /
Expanding to Geneva
An introduction to our recent hosting expansion project: servers in the Swiss Alps!
12 September 2016 / /
Build in Geneva
Some technical information about our hosting infrastructure build in Geneva, and how we plan to use this expansion to help us focus on business continuity and resilience.
25 August 2016 / /
Music Festival Wi-Fi at Infest 2016
Working in partnership with a local ISP to bring free open wifi to a three day music festival.
21 June 2016 / /
Happy birthday… to us!
08 December 2015 / /
Faelix provides off-site backup storage to several businesses. Some have bought a NAS for their office and a NAS to store in our racks. Some have a NAS in their office and rent off-site storage from Faelix. This gives peace of mind should a disaster befall a client's files. In all cases, though, customers want to be able to access their data while out of their office. How can we help?
01 October 2015 / /
Network at Faelix
Triangles are solid and stable shapes, and for that reason they form the basis of our upgraded network. Our core network in Manchester Reynolds House looks a lot like a pentagram: no link is a single point of failure. Also, we are one of the few small ISPs to run more than one routing platform, which has isolated us from catastrophic implementation bugs if we had just one vendor involved.
22 July 2015 / /
Ganeti at Faelix
At Faelix, we love virtualisation technology. Ganeti is a virtualisation management system built by Google, and written in our favourite programming language, Python. This year we upgraded our hosting hardware, and when we did, we moved our virtual server hosting platform from our in-house script-based system to Ganeti. There were a few bumps and hiccups along the way, so this is how we did it.
26 June 2015 / /
Anatomy of a WordPress Hack
In which Faelix performs some forensics on a customer's infected WordPress website.
05 April 2015 / /
Line of Sight Wireless Circuits
What to do when you have no line of sight? We took a chance, and it actually worked out!
18 March 2015 / /
It's 2015 and there are more security holes than ever!
In April 2014, after having lain in the code since December 2011, the discovery of the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL was announced. Since then, it seems like barely a month has gone by without a major security hole in a major piece of infrastructure. Security seems to be getting worse rather than better. How come?
29 October 2014 / /
When a customer virtual machine suddenly hit a load of 62
Down the rabbit hole of a slow running server Faelix discovers a customer website is the target for cover traffic for a virus.