The FLR provides a scalable point-to-point optical transport network solution that meets long-term and network requirements. The FLR offers several advantages: a reliable and flexible network infrastructure that can grow and incorporate technological advancements; enhanced network performance and bandwidth capabilities; and collaboration and advanced communication among research participants
- Dynamic bandwidth allocation. Utilizing dedicated and shared 10 Gigabit Ethernet or 1 Gigabit Ethernet high-performance data circuits, FLR participants are provided with additional capacity "on demand", to accomodate bursts in data-traffic, videoconference, or other special requirements.
- Connectivity to commercial Internet Service Providers in order to provide economical and reliable Internet service to FLR participants
- Connectivity to advanced production regional and national networks, such as the NLR and Abilene Internet2 backbone, supporting new applications and services
- High Speed IP transit paths between participants, supporting both IPv4 and IPv6 protocols. The FLR is designed to allow growth in terms of the number of hosts connected as well as the amount of data transmitted
- Network peering between the FLR and other data networks. Arrangements with other networks and traffic exchange points allow the FLR to route and exchange network traffic, resulting in fewer hops and faster access to user destinations.
- Dedicated wavelengths between FLR participants or FLR and NLR participants. For research applications needing a dedicated wavelength service, the FLR offers participants, point to point, 1.0, 2.5, or 10 gigabits per second optical lambdas as a complement to the FLR optical-based backbone services.