Integrated Network Services


OARnet offers two types of co-location services that provide cost-effective, worry-free space with connections back to your organization via OARnet's high-speed network. One is direct co-location with OARnet through Wright State University for higher education clients. The second type is connectivity provided by OARnet to our partner’s co-location sites. Co-location is a flexible, affordable way to expand computing resources without expensive local facility upgrades.

Commodity Internet Access

The OARnet Internet service provides customers access to fully redundant high-speed connections through its statewide network; four 100 Gigabit internet connections diversely deployed at Akron, Dayton, Cleveland and Columbus; and two Tier 1 carriers AT&T and Lumen. OARnet provides clients with protection against a loss of service from equipment or carrier failure and reduces the cost of ordering another connection from a back-up carrier.


The OARnet backbone provides native support for the familiar 32-bit IPv4 addresses and newer 128-bit IPv6 addressing. Customers with IPv4 connections to OARnet can be upgraded to concurrently provide IPv6 on the same circuits. Internet, Internet2, and Content Delivery services are available via IPv6.

Last Mile Access

Client connections to the OARnet backbone are provided through a last-mile access service using one or more carrier partners. OARnet has high-speed interconnects with over 15 last-mile partners across Ohio to facilitate a cost-effective solution using a wide range of connectivity options. These include dark fiber, dedicated circuits and shared metro-ethernet connectivity. Clients can use multiple carriers to implement fully redundant and diverse connections to multiple OARnet PoPs.

MPLS L3VPN & L2 Circuits

An MPLS-based Layer3 Virtual Private Network (L3VPN) enables a client to utilize private and public IPv4 and IPv6 routing domains across the OARnet backbone. An L3VPN allows for a virtual dedicated any-to-any communication network between many remote locations.

On-Net (IntraOhio)

OARnet’s On-Net provides connectivity, redundancy and reliability across Ohio. On-Net is an integral part of the OARnet connection, promoting collaboration and reducing connectivity (i.e. Internet) costs for all OARnet users. 

Optical Transport

OARnet offers a full suite of optical transport options, including managed dark fiber Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM)-based and Time Division Multiplexing (TDM)-based circuits, as well as wave services. OARnet maintains trained staff to provide advanced characterization and troubleshooting equipment used for designing and maintaining fiber.