Autonomous System Numbers

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Autonomous System Numbers (ASN) are globally unique numbers and significant part of the Internet routing architecture known as the Autonomous System. Autonomous System Numbers are taken from a 16-bit number field. There are reserved ASNs, including 0 and 65,535, which can be used to identify non-routed networks. ASNs starting from 64,512 up to 65,534 are reserved for private use while the ASN 23,456 is dedicated to be used in the ASN pool transition.[1] This means that the available quantity of ASNs for Internet routing is limited.

References

  1. Exploring Autonomous System Numbers