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# 212764 11-Apr-2017 20:51
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It's been a number of months since I asked this question, but I'm wondering if we're any closer to being able to obtain an IPv6 service from Spark?

 

I have been using SixXS which is closing soon and have moved (for now) to he.net but would prefer to access a native IPv6 service via my ISP.

 

If somethings afoot and I have missed it in the IPv6 space for Spark, please let me know. If there are plans to do some testing with a select group of geeks / customers I'm keen.

 

Thanks for any and all info.

 

Best, Paul

 

 

 

 





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  # 1761853 11-Apr-2017 20:55
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Bigpipe has just been rolling out their flavour of IPv6, and I imagine Spark will be soon to follow, all things considered.


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  # 1761879 11-Apr-2017 21:39
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i'd say personally i'm keen to see v6 on my connection.

 

 

 

@Talkiet would be your best bet on any public comment on v6 from any official channel.

 

 

 

toejam316:

 

Bigpipe has just been rolling out their flavour of IPv6, and I imagine Spark will be soon to follow, all things considered.

 

 

Just remember, BP is totally separate to spark, BNG and all..





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  # 1761881 11-Apr-2017 21:43
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At this stage there's no official announcement on us offering IPv6 for Spark BB connections. That's not to say we aren't working on it... We are and we have it working in an internal test model of our BB network. But we're not prepared at this stage to provide even an estimate for when we might be ready to trial it sorry. I'd hate to give an expectation and thenhave that slip due to a higher priority project come and take resources away from V6.

 

 

 

Cheers - Neil G

 

 





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  # 1761887 11-Apr-2017 21:55
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Talkiet:

 

At this stage there's no official announcement on us offering IPv6 for Spark BB connections. That's not to say we aren't working on it... We are and we have it working in an internal test model of our BB network. But we're not prepared at this stage to provide even an estimate for when we might be ready to trial it sorry. I'd hate to give an expectation and thenhave that slip due to a higher priority project come and take resources away from V6.

 

 

 

Cheers - Neil G

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK thanks Neil, appreciate the reply. If you could pass back to the powers that be that there's another keen customer that would be grand. I think with the sunset of SixXS there will be a few more like me.

 

I'm aware I could move to another ISP to get this service but I don't want to :)

 

Hopefully the service will arrive in 2017.

 

Best wishes, Paul.





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  # 1763564 13-Apr-2017 08:37
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Hey Paul, Neil and co,

 

  Curious - what are the current use cases for IPv6?

 

  I understand that theoretically it can be used in place of NAT, but do the currently available implementations actually allow for that? I must admit I've done little (read: no) research into what is currently available in the IPv6 space.


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  # 1763569 13-Apr-2017 08:57
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Naithin:

 

Hey Paul, Neil and co,

 

  Curious - what are the current use cases for IPv6?

 

  I understand that theoretically it can be used in place of NAT, but do the currently available implementations actually allow for that? I must admit I've done little (read: no) research into what is currently available in the IPv6 space.

 

 

I'm curious too! :-)

 

 

 

Cheers - N

 

 





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Naithin:

 

Hey Paul, Neil and co,

 

  Curious - what are the current use cases for IPv6?

 

  I understand that theoretically it can be used in place of NAT, but do the currently available implementations actually allow for that? I must admit I've done little (read: no) research into what is currently available in the IPv6 space.

 

 

Glad someone asked; I was wondering the same thing.  Seems like the hosting provider I've used back in the states (Hurricane Electric) has been touting it for some time, but I don't get it.  Aside from being the answer to running out of IPs, what's the point?

 

 

 

Aside from making memorization of an IP address impossibly difficult.


 
 
 
 


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This whole "what is the point" thing is an annoying debate normally said by people who don't understand IPv6 as a whole. There are several advantages to IPv6:

 

1) No NAT - each device has a public IP.
2) You shouldn't run out of IPv6 addresses unless if a swawm of nanobots invade the earth (see here).
3) Incredibly handy for Docker or virtual machines - you're able to use IPv6 to get somebody else to access it without the need of NAT or reverse proxies on the server. This is assuming that they, themselves have IPv6 connectivity (so the more providers we get adopting it, the better for everyone)
4) And yes you can remember it...

 

To remember a IPv6 address you've got to know your providers prefix and what you've been assigned - for example this address on BigPipe:

 

2403:9800:c048:a1::1/64

 

Now, I know that 2403:9800:c048:a1:: is what I have assigned my interface so really I only need to remember that. If I assign a server on my network with 2403:9800:c048:a1::d3ad:b33f I could remember that but we do have DNS and AAAA records to take care of that however if a device does autoconf (like my Chromebook currently has 2403:9800:c048:a1:d5ad:8ed1:c394:6f12 and anyone on the internet will be able to ping it) then no, you won't remember this but you'll have IPv6 connectivity. There isn't really a need to remember IPv6 addresses since somebody invented DNS already to do that for us.

 

I encourage people to do the IPv6 Certification on Hurracane Electric and get yourself a free shirt for doing so. It is worth it.







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  # 1765136 16-Apr-2017 20:56
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Talkiet:

 

Naithin:

 

Hey Paul, Neil and co,

 

Curious - what are the current use cases for IPv6?

 

 

I'm curious too! :-)

 

Cheers - N

 

 

The short answer is that because I'm a geek and in to retro computing stuff there's a bunch of guys I am connected to in the FTN message networking space that use IPv6 as a means of linking their systems with. 

 

You'll find bbs.geek.nz has an AAAA record for this reason and traffic between my systems and others bounces around the globe via BinkD over IPv6 (and IPv4)

 

news.bbs.geek.nz also offers AAAA and has a number of systems peered with it over IPv6.

 

Best, Paul







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  # 1765137 16-Apr-2017 20:58
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michaelmurfy:

 

I encourage people to do the IPv6 Certification on Hurracane Electric and get yourself a free shirt for doing so. It is worth it.

 

 

I will aim to do this and know a number of guys that have done that also :)

 

Best, Paul.

 

 





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