IPv6 over IPv4 at home, today

In this article I explain how to enable IPv6 connectivity from any desktop in less than 5 minutes.

I was chatting with Dan Jenkins on Twitter. He asked when will Virgin Media roll out IPv6 support? I suggested an IPv6 over IPv4 tunnel but it may be tricky to setup. I did a quick Google but to my surprise didn’t find the slew of blog posts explaining how to set this up. I did however find Tunnel Broker.

Tunnel Broker

“Our free tunnel broker service enables you to reach the IPv6 Internet by tunneling over existing IPv4 connections from your IPv6 enabled host or router to one of our IPv6 routers. Try it now!”


Step by step

First test to see if your ISP already supports IPv6. Nope? OK on to the next step.

On your ‘Tunnel Details’ page you’ll want to select the ‘Example Configurations’ tab.

There will typically be three commands you’ll have to run. One to create the 6in4 tunnel. One to assign your IPv6 address to that tunnel and one to statically route all IPv6 traffic over that tunnel.

There are examples for many routers and operating systems including Cisco IOS, JunOS, OpenWRT, pfSense, FreeBSD, Debian/Ubuntu, Mac OS X, and Windows etc.

Well.. that was easy. IPv6 on Macbook Air

Bear in mind


route -n add -inet6 default 2001:470:1f08:1a6::1
netsh interface ipv6 add route ::/0 IP6Tunnel 2001:470:1f08:1a6::1
ipv6 route ::/0 Tunnel0

When running any of the above commands, these are just three examples, you’re telling your device to route all IPv6 traffic via HE. Afterall, this is a tunnel!

IPv6 is a scary thing and I’d love to be more confident on the subject. This is something I am most definitely going to study for and I reccommend anyone in the industry to do the same.