Moving to IPv6

Internet protocol version 6 is one of the few new technologies I was told about during my studies that did not become totally mainstream (like say, threads), or disappear completely (most stuff with the terms high-level in it). IPv6 was a bit like fusion, the thing that will work, soon… As the world supply of IP addresses inexorably shrinks, we have slowly been going there. Today I tried to enable it at home, some thoughts and observations

  • Swisscom supports it on the new routers, but you have to activate the feature in your customer centre page, which implies that you have you credential and the right account.
  • Squid version 2.X does not support IPv6, I tried installing Squid version 3.1 on my NAS, but it segfaults at start. The package is probably corrupt.
  • I can ping various sites over IPv6:
    ping6 www.facebook.com
    PING6(56=40+8+8 bytes) 2a02:⚿⚿⚿⚿… --> 2a03:2880:2030:2f01:face:b00c::8
    16 bytes from 2a03:2880:2030:2f01:face:b00c::8, icmp_seq=0 hlim=55 time=120.833 ms
    ping6 www.youtube.com
    PING6(56=40+8+8 bytes) 2a02:⚿⚿⚿⚿… --> 2a00:1450:4001:c02::5d
    16 bytes from 2a00:1450:4001:c02::5d, icmp_seq=0 hlim=56 time=36.579 ms

    but not this blog.

  • If I disable the proxy, I can connect various ip6 testing sites which gives me more or less green lights.
  • Browsing seemed to work, although it is difficult to assess how much traffic goes over IPv6.

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