July 29, 2011

by rav
Category: Uncategorized

Rolling on IPv6

As we all should know, our traditional [IPv4] addresses are being rapidly depleted. But, not to fear, IPv6was designed to succeed the old system and provide with at almost limitless supply of new addresses as well as new changes to the way the Internet communications stack works. The transition from IPv4 to IPv6 will be gradual but 6sync have now taken our first steps toward this by rolling out IPv6 connectivity!

Each 6sync client will now receive access to an entire IPv6 /64 block which will provide 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 (18 quintillion) addresses that can be used! And yes, that is more addresses than what is available in the entire IPv4 space :-) You can assign these addresses amongst your biscuits any way you wish.

How do I get it?! Addresses have already been assigned to most clients and you can find it under the IP Addressing section of Biscuit. If you don't see your allocation there yet don't worry,.. a few people will have to wait a weeee bit longer and we will email those affected (Sorry guys!)

EDIT: check out the new `IPv6 setup guide <http://articles.6sync.com/documentation/configure-an-ipv6-address>`__!

How do I use it?! Currently we are not using the auto-configuration feature of IPv6 so you must manually choose and configure all your addresses. We have some more detailed guides about how to do this on the way, for now something like:

sudo ip -6 addr add 2605:4500:xxxx:xxxx::yyyy/64 dev eth0

will work! (Remember to replace xxxx with your assigned IP block and yyyy with a natural number like '6' or '123')

Is it working?! Best way to check is to ping someone..

ping6 ipv6.google.com

if you get a response back then all is well, congratulations.