Alun Davies

Based in Amsterdam




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Hailing from a research background in philosophy, linguistics and computer science, I came to the RIPE NCC back in 2016 and took on my role as the RIPE Labs Editor in 2020. My job is to help keep all corners of the Internet community informed and engaged on developments and events that continue to shape the Internet as we know it. As RIPE Labs editor, I'm here to help you to get your ideas across on RIPE Labs. Whether you have questions about how to create a new article or profile, need help preparing a draft article for publication, or would just like to discuss whether your idea would be a good fit for RIPE Labs, don't hesitate to get in touch.

• Reply to Carlos Montalvo J. on New RIPE Atlas Version 4 Probes by Alun Davies

“Hi, I did apply for the the probe on 03/03/2019 #24295. Any news available, about the distribution?”

Hi Carlos - apologies for the late response. The first batch of RIPE Atlas version 4 probes have all been distributed and we are currently at the planning stage for the next batch. If you're keen to make use of RIPE Atlas while you wait for a probe to reach you, we would be happy to send you some credits. Please contact us on if you'd like us to set this up for you.

• Reply to Tobias Sachs on New RIPE Atlas Version 4 Probes by Alun Davies

“Are all new applications that are shipped out the new v4 probes?”

Strictly speaking, some of the people out there who help us distribute probes probably still have a few of the v3 devices left in stock, and so it may be the case that a small number of these end up back in distribution. However, with v3 no longer in production, v4 is now the default model, and new hosts should expect to receive v4 probes.

• Reply to Nail A. on New RIPE Atlas Version 4 Probes by Alun Davies

“Is it possible to develop a probe in the form of a package for the firmware openwrt or dd-wrt and other similar? Then no separate equipment is required.”

As I say, we are still in the process of exploring the different options for how best to move forward with software probes. But indeed, any option would be aimed at eliminating the need for separate equipment.

• Reply to Hendrik Visage on New RIPE Atlas Version 4 Probes by Alun Davies

“Where do I sign up to test/get a VM Probe??”

The VM option only applies to RIPE Atlas anchors. To apply for a VM anchor, fill out the usual application form for anchors hosts, making sure to tick the 'virtual machine' option at the top of the form:

• Reply to Nis Wechselberg on New RIPE Atlas Version 4 Probes by Alun Davies

“Is there some way to build a probe myself? I wouldn't mind buying the hardware myself and flash the firmware manually. Would like to support the project without causing you more costs for hardware.”

Thanks for this. The software option that we're working on right now will allow people to host probes on their own devices. We're glad to see that there's an interest in this option in the community, and we'll be keeping you updated as soon as there are any new developments on this front.

• Reply to Felix von Courten on New RIPE Atlas Version 4 Probes by Alun Davies

“where can i buy one?”

You can apply to host a RIPE Atlas probe for free. To do this, you first need to create a RIPE NCC Access account and fill in the application form. We'll then evaluate your request. To get started, visit:

• Reply to AFRINIC Atlas on RIPE Atlas Anchors 400+ by Alun Davies

“The following anchors were deployed last year in Africa, I didn't see this on your map:”

The map only shows anchors that were added as part of the RIPE NCC's 2018 campaign to sponsor new anchors. Apologies for the confusion. I updated the article slightly to make this more clear.

• Reply to Vlad Studenichnikov on Update on RIPE Atlas Probe Lifetimes by Rene Wilhelm

“Very bad quality of Verbatim stick & probe firmware! Too many filesystem crash. And now one of two probe - stick is read only... i use my personal flash disk... Too bad for the equipment that I gave free shelter...”

Hi Vlad, We understand your frustration and we've been working hard to overcome the issues with RIPE Atlas probe USB sticks. As mentioned in the article, we recently launched a new firmware update that seems to have gone some way towards resolving the issue (more on this here: That said, we're aware that this is not a complete fix, and we really do appreciate the efforts you're making to keep your probes connected.

• On 15,000 Local Internet Registries by Rene Wilhelm

Thanks! We spotted that just now and it's been changed from 2017 to 2021 as you pointed out.

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