As many of you know, I've been working on building some little
tunnelling appliances to push IPv6 over IPv4 using well known
protocols (6to4 and Teredo).
Both 6to4 and Teredo benefit from having relays in as many places as
possible. Cisco currently supports 6to4. I'm not sure if anyone else
does. Noone supports Teredo.
With both 6to4 and Teredo being built in and enabled by default on
Vista (and enable-able on XP SP2), the amount of tunnelled IPv6
traffic on the Internet is increasing. I recently posted on the v6ops
IETF mailing list about Azureus's support for IPv6 - when I use this
client, over half of my DHT peers are IPv6 peers, and 99% of them were
over tunnelled IPv6, either with 6to4 or Teredo.
So, in light of this, I've put together a small FreeBSD based image
for Soekris hardware. This does Teredo and 6to4, and also BGP. It does
some funky tricks to hook all of these boxes together, tunnelling over
IPv4. So, you get interconnection with many other networks over IPv4
best paths and existing IPv4 transit. I'm also expecting to be able to
get you on to the v6IX (Citylink's IPv6 peering) as well if you (or
your transit provider) are an existing IPv4 peer at APE or WIX.
This software will be freely available when it's ready.
Here's the best bit:
Thanks to InternetNZ, I'll soon have have 6 boxes to do a live test of
the code, and hopefully more down the line when it's ready to go for
So, I'm looking for people who are running networks that fit one (or
more) of the following:
- Large numbers of end users
- Lots of content on IPv6 (yeah, I'm dreaming)
- Universities (or other large private networks)
It doesn't matter if you have some IPv6 deployed, or if you only have
IPv4 deployed, or if you haven't even thought about IPv6 deployment yet.
What I need from you:
- A shelf somewhere, and an IEC C13 (a.k.a. jug plug) cable/outlet.
- An IPv4 address or two.
- A 10/100 ethernet port (or two if you're keen on resiliency).
- The ability to statically route a couple of IPv4 addresses at your
- Also useful (but not necessary!) is an IPv6 allocation, and some
form of transit internationally (a free IPv6 tunnel from somewhere
overseas is fine- native transit isn't required)
What you get:
- 6to4 relay
- Teredo relay
- IPv6 interconnection to other people with these boxes
- If it breaks, you might end up with customer IPv6 traffic being
impacted. (ie. not that much impact at all, right now)
I'm working right now on some deployment pictures and all that noise,
so there's more info coming.
Please let me know if you're interested, or if you're interested but
have some concerns, or, whatever.
I'm wanting to get boxes in fairly soon - ie. before xmas brownouts.
Integration is pretty minimal if you have an IPv4 network - plug in
and point a route or two. It's only slightly more if you have an IPv6
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