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Using IRLP Experimental Reflectors​

IRLP experimental reflectors are single-channel reflectors that operate independently of the IRLP network yet still compatible with IRLP nodes. They may provide cross-linking to other VoIP networks, other special services, or any private or public function implemented by its owner. Their four-digit reflector numbers begin with 0.

Since they are not part of the IRLP network, experimental reflectors are not subject to IRLP guidelines. Unlike conventional nodes and reflectors, connections are not authenticated unless authentication is deployed externally by the owner. Accordingly, experimental reflector connections are disabled by drfault. Node owners may allow connections by adding the following line to the $CUSTOM/environment file:


them running:


as root to reload the IRLP software with the change.

To connect, dial the reflector number as for a conventional reflector. From the command line, connect by running:

experimental_call expNNNN

where NNNN is the reflector number.

Experimental reflectors are private resources and may be closed to general use. The IRLP Experimental Reflector Page lists operational reflectors that are open to the public.

Alabama Friends, University ARC Nets: Latest Updates

Effective immediately, the Alabama Friends Net and University ARC Thursday Night Net are moving to IRLP experimental reflector 0088 and AllStar node 48017. EchoLink users may continue to connect to W5MGM-L (node 548713). The Micro-Node reflector, which hosted the nets on IRLP since 2017, was removed from service in June and the AllStar bridge that has been in use is no longer available, making these changes necessary.

IRLP node owners must allow experimental reflector connections, which are disabled by default. See Using IRLP Experimental Reflectors to learn more.