I always wanted to get my feet wet with IPv6. The problem is that my ISP doesn’t support it. Today I found out that I don’t need to wait until they get their act together, I can get onto IPv6 imediatelly by using a tunnel from Hurricane Electric.
- It’s free
- You get /48 prefix of publicly routed IPv6 IPs. (1208925819614629174706176 addressees) I still don’t know what I will do with that many 🙂
- Can dual stack. IPv4 and IPv6 side by side on a single router. You don’t need to shut down or disrupt IPv4. You do not need to quit IPv4 cold turkey. In fact, I had only two machines on my network dual stacked, happily coexisting with their IPv4 counterparts.
- Not that hard to setup if you have a router that plays nice (most do)
I got it up and running in under an hour. It was fun. When I switched to purely IPv6 mode, it reminded me of the 90’s when every site that actually worked was a cause for celebration.
To be honest, after a day or so, I actually ended up turning it off. The trouble was that even though I was running dual stack, everything liked to default to IPv6 first and IPv4 second. That’s good in theory, but in practice, I feel IPv6 is just not ready if you want 100% smooth experience.
I’ll try again in a year or so since I can see IPv6 adoption is exploding.