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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 months ago | from the hurd-1.0-released dept.

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New submitter Tim the Gecko (745081) writes Comcast has announced 1Tb/s of Internet facing, native IPv6 traffic, with more than 30% deployment to customers. With Facebook, Google/YouTube, and Wikipedia up to speed, it looks we are past the "chicken and egg" stage. IPv6 adoption by other carriers is looking better too with AT&T at 20% of their network IPv6 enabled, Time Warner at 10%, and Verizon Wireless at 50%. The World IPv6 Launch site has measurements of global IPv6 adoption.

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first (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524417)

first

Re:first (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524433)

were you on ipv6

Re:first (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47525347)

I guess the first ipv6 post will be done by a staffer to test ipv6.

dig slashdot.org (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524421)

You know the answer.

Re:dig slashdot.org (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47525693)

$ dig -6 slashdot.org
dig: can't find IPv6 networking

Re:dig slashdot.org (1)

marka63 (1237718) | about 2 months ago | (#47527317)

Which shows more about you local network that slashdot.
Yes. I do have IPv6 enabled and have done so for the last decade.

% dig -6 slashdot.org +short
216.34.181.45
%

Saying something good about ComCast hurts my brain (4, Insightful)

gewalker (57809) | about 2 months ago | (#47524437)

In actual fact, the ComCast internet service is not too bad. It is just their customer support, pricing, monopoly status and general arrogance that make them among the most hated company in existence.

The other interesting thing in the article was Google showing their IPv6 traffic was now around 4% up looked the perhaps the upward bend at the beginning of an s-Curve.

Re:Saying something good about ComCast hurts my br (4, Informative)

eli pabst (948845) | about 2 months ago | (#47524931)

In actual fact, the ComCast internet service is not too bad.

Their cable TV service is another story. I'm reading this article right now because my cable box is busy rebooting...again.

Re: Saying something good about ComCast hurts my b (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47525063)

So basically all the things that are important?

Re:Saying something good about ComCast hurts my br (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47525245)

The service isn't bad but all of their hardware definitely is bad. In the last year alone I've gone through 5 dvr boxes and 4 cable modems. That's just plain bad. Plus, don't even get me started on how terrible the firmware is on their cable modems. DHCP just stops working randomly, wireless turns itself off about every four hours, and when the two problems coincide, you basically are fucked unless you pull the damn power. Plus, you have to call comcast because you can't disable services you don't want.

Re:Saying something good about ComCast hurts my br (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47525849)

Ever get that stuck picture bug? I haven't seen it in a long while. I figured out that if you change the change to a music station, moments later, it fixes it. No more needing to unplug the box.

This September, I think I will be going on 4 years for this DCX3425R HDDVR, if I'm not mistaken. Although, I should replace the "Comcast" remote since the 'last' button is worn. Although reprogramming it to the 'help' button is something I did.

You know how they changed On Demand so it's 10 minute skips? Just use the 30 second/15 second skip buttons for the 5 minute skipping forward and backward.

Re:Saying something good about ComCast hurts my br (3, Interesting)

jslaff (881873) | about 2 months ago | (#47525473)

Hurts my brain, too, but... I really have to admit that in the past 25 years with Comcast, first just for TV, then internet, then phone, I've had pretty much zero complaints. In fact, I get discounts off my bill for asking (minimal, yes, but $10 a month off $180), upgraded boxes for free for the asking (true, just one of their old SD DTAs to an HD DTA), and actually got a few hundred bucks for signing up my VERIZON cell phone through Comcast. In fact, the one company that I will never go back to for anything major is Verizon. I was one of the original DSL customers where I live in Montgomery County, Md., and saw my speed grow as the years went by. I had Verizon DSL for about 10 years when, all of a sudden, it stopped working. Cold. Swapped out DSL modems, swapped out my old router for a new one, different PCs, nothing. I KNEW it was their equipment. I called, and they said they would send someone out...in 2 weeks. (And of course, that would do no good, since it was on their end. We also had a Verizon land line, which worked perfectly.) I said I had been a Verizon customer in some manner all the way back to Bell Atlantic and Nynex days--2 weeks. I had a Comcast coax line in my office for a TV that I wasn't using anymore. Went to Best Buy, got a Motorola cable modem, called Comcast to register it, and in 10 minutes I was up and running. No problems at all. For less money than Verizon DSL. When I called Verizon to cancel everything, they said that had I said the magic word--Retention--they could have fixed it the next day. In a word, aaargh.

Being a site for geeks... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524445)

Slashdot can't be far behind, right?

Re:Being a site for geeks... (4, Funny)

OzPeter (195038) | about 2 months ago | (#47524465)

Slashdot can't be far behind, right?

I've heard that you can only get ipv6 connections if your comments are in uni-code.

Re:Being a site for geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524735)

I've heard that you can comment in unicode if you connect via ipv6.

Re:Being a site for geeks... (1)

Rick Zeman (15628) | about 2 months ago | (#47526129)

Slashdot can't be far behind, right?

Only on Beta.

Advantages? (3, Interesting)

ArchieBunker (132337) | about 2 months ago | (#47524463)

So any advantages to running an IPv6 tunnel other than so say you use IPv6?

Re:Advantages? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524521)

Easily get around IP bans.

Re:Advantages? (5, Informative)

CAPSLOCK2000 (27149) | about 2 months ago | (#47524539)

The big advantage is that all my computers are reachable through the internet, no more NATting port 80 and port 22 to strange ports because you can use every port only once.
A secondary advantage is that port 25 is not filtered, although that's not inherent to IPv6, just a lucky benefit of my current tunnel-provider.

Re:Advantages? (5, Insightful)

OzPeter (195038) | about 2 months ago | (#47524575)

The big advantage is that all my computers are reachable through the internet

Depending on your point of view, that may also be considered as a down-side.

Re:Advantages? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524635)

Um, no. The whole "NAT is security" argument is bullshit. KISS: I'd rather have a simple firewall which either blocks or does not block ports/IPs (or connections, if stateful) than a complex firewall which also has to rewrite packets.

Re:Advantages? (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about 2 months ago | (#47524821)

Its perhaps misleading to say that NAT is security, but it undoubtedly provides security.

Re:Advantages? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47525227)

Hey tough guy, you can firewall off services running on a natted address just as easy as you can a real ip address. Do you get a pain in your side or does the extra emmisions from a router doing that give you a tingle in your neck hairs or do you think your router is wearing out a silicone junction or wearing down a wire trace as it rewrites packets over and over? Hint, it does not. There are a lot of things a router does to data and data streams so rewriting for NAT is not something above and beyond the other things it does.

Re:Advantages? (0)

segedunum (883035) | about 2 months ago | (#47525495)

Um, no. The whole "NAT is security" argument is bullshit. KISS: I'd rather have a simple firewall which either blocks or does not block ports/IPs (or connections, if stateful) than a complex firewall which also has to rewrite packets.

I'm afraid it's not. I never cease to be amazed by people who think that managing multiple IP addresses is better and less error prone than one, and frankly, I don't want anyone being able to discern anything about what should be my *internal* network.

Re:Advantages? (1)

pipedwho (1174327) | about 2 months ago | (#47526503)

How so?

A firewall can be set to block all incoming connections with a few inbound exceptions that the user requires (eg. port 22 on a particular box, and port 80 on another one).

The advantages are that the firewall no longer has to keep track of all NAT connections with the associated timeout issues, and that there will never be a network address collision issue when you connect via VPN from a remote network with the same subnet range. It also removes issues related to split-horizon DNS.

For certain corporate requirements and address aliasing, IPv6 can still be NATed where necessary.

But, for your bog standard user that just wants to 'feel safe' behind their firewall, there is really no difference in setup or maintenance complexity between NAT and a router with a default firewall setting of 'block all inbound connections'. UPNP/etc even works the same way to automatically open up a gaping hole whenever requested by a user application.

Re:Advantages? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524649)

No. That in itself is never a downside. If you don't want rest of the internet connecting to your computer/network, you filter it at your firewall (usually router). Personally I wouldn't mind if it was a requirement that all routers meant for home usage had a factory default that only established/related connections were allowed to LAN side from WAN port(s). Of course that should be configurable, but just sticking the router in would give reasonably secure default.

Re:Advantages? (3, Interesting)

Rising Ape (1620461) | about 2 months ago | (#47524903)

The problem with that is how many home users know how to configure the firewall? There are legitimate reasons to have incoming connections. Unless you want to reinvent uPnP for v6, but that would be needlessly complex and probably have security flaws of its own.

Frankly there's no excuse for any modern software to be vulnerable even if connected directly to the internet with no firewall. This isn't 2003 any more, and in any case it's commonplace for computers to be connected to all sorts of untrusted networks such as public wifi. So anything that assumes "a firewall will take care of it" is utterly irresponsible.

Re:Advantages? (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 2 months ago | (#47524961)

The problem with that is how many home users know how to configure the firewall? There are legitimate reasons to have incoming connections.

And if your use case includes one of those legitimate reasons, then it's your responsibility to know enough about security to configure the firewall. It is fundamentally impossible for there to be a safe alternative to this!

Re:Advantages? (1)

Rising Ape (1620461) | about 2 months ago | (#47525361)

And if your use case includes one of those legitimate reasons, then it's your responsibility to know enough about security to configure the firewall. It is fundamentally impossible for there to be a safe alternative to this!

Do you really expect the average user to know about IPs, ports, TCP/UDP etc.? That's not very realistic. I don't agree that a safe alternative is impossible - there's no magic power that packets have to hack a computer. Any failings are due to poorly written software.

If an application doesn't need to listen for connections, it shouldn't open a port. A firewall won't make any difference here.
If an application does need to listen for connections the firewall will need to let them through. Again, the firewall doesn't help - at least not at the level of sophistication you'd see in a home router's firewall.

Re:Advantages? (2)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 2 months ago | (#47525715)

Do you really expect the average user to know about IPs, ports, TCP/UDP etc.? That's not very realistic.

No, I expect users who want to run services that listen on ports (which makes them not "average!") to know about those things.

I don't agree that a safe alternative is impossible - there's no magic power that packets have to hack a computer. Any failings are due to poorly written software.

It's even less realistic to expect software -- especially the crap software the "average user" uses by default -- to become any less poorly written in the near future.

Re:Advantages? (1)

Rising Ape (1620461) | about 2 months ago | (#47525877)

The fact that someone bothered to make uPnP suggests that there's a need for this capability for average users. Things such as voip, gaming, exchanging files - if you can't have peer-to-peer connections, you're reliant on big centralised services for all of these things. Granted, we seem to have gone down that path already (perhaps driven in no small part by the prevalence of NAT), and these services may have a place, but do we want it to be *all* there is to the internet?

As for your second point - well, Microsoft seem to have managed it, and if they can surely anyone can. I accidentally left my Windows box connected to the internet without an external firewall for a few months with no ill effects. That would have been unthinkable a decade ago.

Re:Advantages? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 2 months ago | (#47526031)

No, I expect users who want to run services that listen on ports (which makes them not "average!")

Wut. The average user has ports open. Go install any major consumer OS and then nmap it. You can do better.

Re:Advantages? (2)

laie_techie (883464) | about 2 months ago | (#47526077)

If an application doesn't need to listen for connections, it shouldn't open a port. A firewall won't make any difference here. If an application does need to listen for connections the firewall will need to let them through. Again, the firewall doesn't help - at least not at the level of sophistication you'd see in a home router's firewall.

Except I want my legal music collection to be accessible to computers within my home (DLNA server), but if external computers have access (without use of a VPN), I may be guilty of illegal sharing. Ditto for other things which should be available on a LAN, but not be public facing.

Re:Advantages? (0)

marka63 (1237718) | about 2 months ago | (#47527373)

And you can to this at the application layer. You do not need a firewall to restrict service to particular clients.

Re:Advantages? (1, Flamebait)

segedunum (883035) | about 2 months ago | (#47525527)

Frankly there's no excuse for any modern software to be vulnerable even if connected directly to the internet with no firewall.

Oh my fucking God.

Re:Advantages? (1)

marka63 (1237718) | about 2 months ago | (#47527451)

Truly, you should be able to connect a box to the Internet without a firewall and it should be fine. If it isn't the manufacture has not done due diligence. That said mistakes happen. Keeping up to date with maintenance releases is the way to address this issue.

Governments could help here by requiring manufactures to supply security fixes indefinitely for any internet connectable software. For consumer electronics this could be 20 years or more. Note the fix may be "upgrade to release X" where X involves a feature jump.

Re:Advantages? (2)

laie_techie (883464) | about 2 months ago | (#47526059)

Frankly there's no excuse for any modern software to be vulnerable even if connected directly to the internet with no firewall. This isn't 2003 any more, and in any case it's commonplace for computers to be connected to all sorts of untrusted networks such as public wifi. So anything that assumes "a firewall will take care of it" is utterly irresponsible.

I think you misspoke. It's irresponsible to think an external firewall will take care of it, so every computer / virtual machine should have its own. However, it's asking for trouble to allow untrusted traffic to arrive to any software. Just being accessible opens it up for a DDoS attack.

Re:Advantages? (5, Funny)

CAPSLOCK2000 (27149) | about 2 months ago | (#47524697)

This is Slashdot, News for Nerds. Not News for Grandma's that are afraid of configuring their router.

Re:Advantages? (0)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 months ago | (#47524615)

Nooo. NAT is an incredibly practical tool to set up a poor man's firewall and to have a nice internal network behind it. Then UPnP or port forwarding is used to route incoming connections per need. Works.

Re:Advantages? (2, Insightful)

CAPSLOCK2000 (27149) | about 2 months ago | (#47524669)

Instead of a poor man's firewall, why don't you use a real firewall? It's much easier to configure than NAT.
If you use Linux, like every residential internetrouter sold in the last 10 years, NAT is a part of the firewall code.
As it is more simple a "real" firewall is cheaper than your "poor man's firewall".

Re:Advantages? (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 months ago | (#47525263)

What benefits using a real firewall would provide me?

Re:Advantages? (1)

jbolden (176878) | about 2 months ago | (#47525339)

The ability to actually block or unblock what you need how you need it rather than randomly just disallowing a bunch of stuff and then punching huge holes in the wall that anything get through when you need to get out.

Re:Advantages? (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 months ago | (#47525665)

No, it does not work like that. NAT port forwarding and UPnP allow me to let in just the specific ports to a specific host, with UPnP having the added benefit that the port is open only when the application is running.

Re:Advantages? (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 2 months ago | (#47525919)

UPnP is lazy.

Re:Advantages? (1)

jbolden (176878) | about 2 months ago | (#47525989)

Which is precisely the same thing that happens with any firewall. You just specify port / host and or you let specific hosts cut holes for specific periods of time. None of that changes.

Re:Advantages? (0)

segedunum (883035) | about 2 months ago | (#47525533)

Instead of a poor man's firewall, why don't you use a real firewall?.....As it is more simple a "real" firewall is cheaper than your "poor man's firewall".

Seriously, this tripe is getting modded as insightful now?

Re:Advantages? (4, Insightful)

Ksevio (865461) | about 2 months ago | (#47524759)

It works for a little while, but it still depends on the network having a public IP. A lot of ISPs, especially in Asian countries, have started implementing NAT level IP which means no UPnP and not even manual port forwarding.

Re:Advantages? (1)

radarskiy (2874255) | about 2 months ago | (#47524911)

You are right: it *is* a poor firewall for a man. Or a woman.

Re:Advantages? (1)

sjames (1099) | about 2 months ago | (#47525859)

With IPv6, a couple simple rules on a stateful firewall will give you exactly the same protection but without requiring packet rewriting. As a side benefit, you get lower latency and the router has less trouble under network load.

If manufacturers would set those rules by default, there would be no problems.

Re:Advantages? (1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | about 2 months ago | (#47525889)

Do you need to be on another IPv6 connection to access them?

It's probably almost all cellphone bandwidth (1)

TrollstonButterbeans (2914995) | about 2 months ago | (#47524601)

The ipv6 traffic is probably almost all cellphone bandwidth.

A guess.

Re:Advantages? (2)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about 2 months ago | (#47525767)

So any advantages to running an IPv6 tunnel other than so say you use IPv6?

None, turn it off and get a real IPv6 connection unless you need it for something.

When content sees higher latency and lower throughput from crappy tunnels it only serves as a disincentive for continued adoption.

Crap Traffic (1)

extremescholar (714216) | about 2 months ago | (#47524471)

I tried native IPv6 with them about 6 months back, and I was constantly bombarded with random packets that overwhelmed my router. They have 1TB of traffic that is just junk packets. More Comcast BS.

Re:Crap Traffic (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524547)

I've had zero issues with native v6 on Comcast in the San Francisco, CA area. Where in the US are you located?

Re:Crap Traffic (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524551)

This is what worries me.

Moving to IPv6 means more challenges. Having to retest firewalls and it's rules, making sense of the IPv6 addresses and then figuring out what looks normal and what looks like bad (generated) traffic when looking at PCAP's.

How does blocking work when everybody can have a trillion addresses? Can people have a trillion addresses? Do they have a block allocated to each user/system? Does it matter? So many questions.

I don't want a little mistake somewhere or lack of knowledge to cause a lapse in security.

Re:Crap Traffic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524621)

IP blocks have been useless against IPv4 botnets for years now. Hopefully you already have a better way of dealing with bad behavior.

Re:Crap Traffic (3, Insightful)

CAPSLOCK2000 (27149) | about 2 months ago | (#47524973)

Better start learning now, while you can afford to make mistakes. The bigger IPv6 gets the more those little mistakes will hurt you.

Re:Crap Traffic (2)

jbolden (176878) | about 2 months ago | (#47525393)

How does blocking work when everybody can have a trillion addresses?

You block a range. And it actually works because there is no NAT!

Can people have a trillion addresses?

Far more. The minimum subnet is a /64 which is 1.8 million trillion.

Do they have a block allocated to each user/system?

Yes.

Re:Crap Traffic (1)

NormalVisual (565491) | about 2 months ago | (#47525911)

18,446,744,073,709,551,616, or 18 quintillion, or 18 million trillion, minus a couple for netblock addresses. "Practically unlimited" is a good term here. :-)

Re:Crap Traffic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47526111)

You block a range. And it actually works because there is no NAT!

Do they have a block allocated to each user/system?

        Yes.

Sounds like a fucking privacy nightmare to me.

Re:Crap Traffic (1)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about 2 months ago | (#47526109)

Moving to IPv6 means more challenges. Having to retest firewalls and it's rules, making sense of the IPv6 addresses and then figuring out what looks normal and what looks like bad (generated) traffic when looking at PCAP's.

I will be happy when IPv4 is gone and the constant cheap attacks and probes to random addresses are no longer viable at least not on the scale of IPv4.

How does blocking work when everybody can have a trillion addresses? Can people have a trillion addresses? Do they have a block allocated to each user/system? Does it matter? So many questions.

In IPv6 land users are assigned prefixes rather than IP addresses so you block the prefix rather than the IP address.

Re:Crap Traffic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47526649)

In IPv6 land users are assigned prefixes rather than IP addresses so you block the prefix rather than the IP address.

Sounds like a problem for privacy.

Re:Crap Traffic (1)

Mathieu Lutfy (69) | about 2 months ago | (#47524569)

Would be nice to have more details about that, and the proportion with IPv4 scans/crap.

Personally, I've been pleasantly surprised when going to the US, that random places (small motels, AirBNB places) had native IPv6. In some cases, they even had weird broken NAT, but working IPv6.

This migration to IPv6 has to happen one day or another. May as well be in front of the curve, with regards to privacy, security, topology and performance.

Re:Crap Traffic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524587)

That may have been your router doing that to itself. Look if the source address is a link local one; if so then your router firmware has a buggy IPv6 implementation, which isn't unheard of for toy SOHO routers. Some of them even have an IPv6 implementation that doesn't work at all.

Re:Crap Traffic (1)

segedunum (883035) | about 2 months ago | (#47525549)

Welcome to IPv6.

Their implementation sucks. (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524545)

Their implementation of DHCPv6-PD blows. It's incompatible with openWRT, Netgear, pfSense router firmware. You'll get your prefix, but it will get either dropped or changed within several hours. Then this premature change of the lease will fall out of sync with radvd on the routers then you will completely lose IPV6 connectivity. With all the IPV6 address space available, why not give out a static IPV6 prefix, but no, they want to change it frequently. This is completely contrary to their IPV4 DHCP servers which will basically give you the same IP address forever until you change the MAC address on the router.

So screw Comcast's IPV6. I'll stick with my hurricane electric tunnel and it's static IPV6 prefix until my router breaks. Maybe be then Comcast's implementation will actually work with most of the routers on the market that support IPV6.

Re:Their implementation sucks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47525573)

This is completely contrary to their IPV4 DHCP servers which will basically give you the same IP address forever until you change the MAC address on the router.

My ISP locks the IP address on to the authentication password, changing the mac doesn't seem to affect it yet changing the password does...

Is this normal?

works for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47525833)

I have had Comcast IPv6 for over a year. I use Apple base stations and my prefix doesn't change as long as I don't reboot my base station. When I do, there's a chance it changes, but usually it doesn't. I have the same prefix or months at a time.

I don't know why it ever change, my IPv4 address doesn't change at the same time when it changes.

Re:Their implementation sucks. (1)

NormalVisual (565491) | about 2 months ago | (#47525927)

With all the IPV6 address space available, why not give out a static IPV6 prefix, but no, they want to change it frequently.

Because they don't want you running servers with a static IP? Can't have that now, can we?

Re:Their implementation sucks. (3, Interesting)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about 2 months ago | (#47526013)

Their implementation of DHCPv6-PD blows. It's incompatible with openWRT, Netgear, pfSense router firmware.

There seems to be problems with Comcast IPv6 that I can see.

Lease query is fucked up/does not work at all so if your cable modem reboots while the lease is still valid the CMTS has forgotten all about it and won't let any traffic pass until you transmit a renewal request for your PD. It seems some consumer router gear uses Ethernet/media detection to notice the link has bounced and refresh the lease...otherwise your basically SOL and have to manually do it.

I don't think it is fair to blame Comcast for a systems shitty/buggy support for DHCPv6 prefix delegation. Comcast is not doing anything magical or non-standard. Vanilla ISC DHCPv6 client has worked flawless for me.

Incidentally have maintained same IPv6 prefix for over a year now since they turned up v6.

Then this premature change of the lease will fall out of sync

To be fair if the client is fucked up and not properly renewing lease sometime before it expires I don't see how that's Comcast's fault. If you don't ask for renewal you won't get one.

With all the IPV6 address space available, why not give out a static IPV6 prefix, but no, they want to change it frequently.

Exactly they should hand out addresses or at least make them very sticky so that anything short of some kind of reorganization/renumbering does not result in a new prefix. It really sucks even if radvd is sync'd there are still implementation problems with the zero lifetime pulling and hosts if using SLAAC locally.

This is completely contrary to their IPV4 DHCP servers which will basically give you the same IP address forever until you change the MAC address on the router.

If you allow your IPv4 lease to expire good luck getting the same address back. At least on the two occasions I've had my system down long enough for it to happen and was greeted with a new address. It may very well be certain areas are configured differently and so mileages vary.

So screw Comcast's IPV6. I'll stick with my hurricane electric tunnel and it's static IPV6 prefix until my router breaks.

The HE tunnels were awesome. I was sad when I shut mine down.

Re:Their implementation sucks. (1)

cdwiegand (2267) | about 2 months ago | (#47526069)

This! Wow, I had no idea others had the same issue. I tried putting the IPv6 modem on the outside of my firewall, and couldn't get the delegation to work reliably, so finally in order to "keep my IPv6" I had to put it on the inside of my network. Luckily all of my ipv6-capable equipment is modern enough OSes (ubuntu, osx and windows 7+) to have real firewalls, and everything else is known non-IPv6-capable (my old wireless canon printer, mostly).

Once they fully launch it in the business accounts, I plan to get a static delegation so I don't have to deal with their DHCP-PD problems.

Re:Their implementation sucks. (1)

Burdell (228580) | about 2 months ago | (#47526561)

I have no problem with Comcast's IPv6 setup, once I hacked a few things in OpenWRT that were wrong; not sending the requested prefix size was a big one (so I could only get a /64 initially). Also, if the link drops, when it comes back and dhcp6c tries to update radvd, radvd doesn't restart (so the RAs go away and IPv6 quits on all auto-configured systems). My link is generally stable enough that I haven't been bothered enough to track down this bug to get it fixed.

IIRC, the only time I've had my delegated prefix change was when I was working things out to get a /60 instead of a /64. After working with a Comcast engineer, it seems under normal conditions, the only reasons your prefix should change is if your MAC address changes or they switch you to a different headend (which should be rare).

What about Verizon FIOS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524555)

Any idea about FIOS IPV6 adoption rate?

Re:What about Verizon FIOS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524613)

close to 0%

Re:What about Verizon FIOS? (1)

DewDude (537374) | about 2 months ago | (#47524629)

As far as I know, it's at 0%. They have not activated IPv6 for anyone; nor do they seem to have any plans to. They've been promising it for years; but nothing.

Nice graphics at Cisco (5, Informative)

CAPSLOCK2000 (27149) | about 2 months ago | (#47524567)

Cisco has nice graphics of the IPv6-deployement in the world. It's based on the same measurements but presented with nice graphs instead of a boring table of numbers. Look up your own country at http://6lab.cisco.com/stats/in... [cisco.com] .

chicken and egg? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524579)

With Facebook, Google/YouTube, and Wikipedia up to speed, it looks we are past the "chicken and egg" stage

Yeah cause those are the only 3 sites anyone ever uses, right?

Comcast...30%...AT&T at 20%...Time Warner at 10%

Those numbers are still terribly low.... better, but low... chicken needs to get to work

Verizon Wireless at 50%

For a bit I skipped right over the wireless part and thought it was cause FiOS... my theory was, providers never want to upgrade their stuff to handle bandwidth, they sure as heck aren't going to upgrade for newer equipment. Most likely they'd be doing both with one purchase whether they want to or not, considering IPv6 is so old now, and the network co's (cisco, etc.) have been selling IP6 equipment for over a decade.

As for the sites, it doesn't really matter. Cloud matters. Amazon, and the other big ones need to get up on it. It's the small businesses and sites that matter, and they offshore their technical needs to any number of hosting providers these days as a springboard (dedicated, sharded, vpc, 'cloud' [yes it's different], shared, etc.). It's those providers that need to upgrade along with the actual pipe providers. One could argue that there are only chickens, as once the chickens have ipv6, so will the eggs (new sites).

and yet, those on ipv6 can't see slashdot (1)

the_humeister (922869) | about 2 months ago | (#47524619)

still not sure if that's a pro or a conâ¦

Comcast Throttling 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffc (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47524707)

Fixed that for you!

And there there is Charter Com6munications (1)

QuantumRiff (120817) | about 2 months ago | (#47524745)

Charter's Ipv6 website hasn been saying its coming "soon" since about 2011. Last time I called the NOC, and our regional sales people (I'm a fiber customer of theirs) nobody could give me any time frame, area, or any other information about when they plan to start testing it for customers.

Re:And there there is Charter Com6munications (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47525057)

You can get IPv6 through charter via 6rd. It's very easy to setup. I use it on my OpenBSD firewall.

It's like a tunnel from HE, but Charter provides it. The advantage is that the tunnel should always be up as long as you can reach your provider's network.

Re:And there there is Charter Com6munications (1)

QuantumRiff (120817) | about 2 months ago | (#47525235)

That is possible, and has been for a while, but I don't want all of my traffic going to Missouri first

Wait for Kong's firmware for R7000 wit IPv6 (1)

gunkelNY (3764613) | about 2 months ago | (#47525135)

It's going be blast for people using the best available ARM home router at this moment, Netgear R7000 More details here: http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/v... [dd-wrt.com]

IPv6 How will it happen? (1)

LessThanObvious (3671949) | about 2 months ago | (#47525169)

How do you [Slashdot users] see IPv6 transition actually happening?

Will each internet user have dual stack?

IPv6 is much more complex, how will companies support users who barely understand IP addressing when IPv6 is going to seem like a long string of meaningless characters?

Do you see something like a dynamic IPv6 to IPv4 DNS/NAT translator to hide IPv6 complexity from the user a viable solution?

Re:IPv6 How will it happen? (1)

l2718 (514756) | about 2 months ago | (#47525317)

Why should users care? How many "users" are aware of IP addresses, or view them as anything but a string of meaningless digits? The "complexity" of IPv6 falls entirely on sysadmins and on those who implement IPv6 stacks, that is on experts. It's possible some users will have a home network on the 192.168.x.x IPv4 range connected via a NAT to the IPv6 internet, but this choice will be made for them by the people who write NAT software: home users universally use first-come-first-served DHCP to assign addresses on their home network so they never see even the local IP addresses. I like to remotely SSH to my home computer, so I note the IP address assigned to my NAT by the ISP, but a typical user can't pull that off. I also like to have fixed IP addresses inside the home network so I can reliably use SSH between the machines. You might be diong the same. But the average user can't and doesn't feel the need to.

Re:IPv6 How will it happen? (1)

NotInHere (3654617) | about 2 months ago | (#47525417)

I have DNS in my home network, using the hosts file of my openwrt router.

Re:IPv6 How will it happen? (3, Informative)

Tim the Gecko (745081) | about 2 months ago | (#47525475)

How do you [Slashdot users] see IPv6 transition actually happening?

Will each internet user have dual stack?

Yes. They will have a dual stack with the IPv6 address being used for a bigger and bigger proportion of traffic. Meanwhile IPv4 will probably traverse some NAT.

Once IPv4 is the minority of traffic (many years in the future), it will turn into a legacy PITA to administer separately. But that is a while away.

IPv6 is much more complex, how will companies support users who barely understand IP addressing when IPv6 is going to seem like a long string of meaningless characters?

Those 30% of Comcast customers aren't calling a helpdesk and reading out hexadecimal digits. If DNS is working they will say things like "www.facebook.com". If DNS isn't working then they can't fix it by reading out or typing those "meaningless characters".

Do you see something like a dynamic IPv6 to IPv4 DNS/NAT translator to hide IPv6 complexity from the user a viable solution?

Not viable. It wouldn't help more than a single digit percentage of users anyway.

Re:IPv6 How will it happen? (2)

jbolden (176878) | about 2 months ago | (#47525477)

How do you [Slashdot users] see IPv6 transition actually happening?

a) Carriers and ISP have support (mostly done)
b) Cellular (mostly done)
c) Default is switched for home / small business (mostly not done). Then they have a shared pool of v4 addresses for v4 traffic rather than one address per location.
d) Enterprises start running dual stack
e) v4 is mostly retired

Will each internet user have dual stack?

Probably each carrier. You'll see the v4 address space living inside some subnet at an IP address inside your ISP's allocation.

IPv6 is much more complex, how will companies support users who barely understand IP addressing when IPv6 is going to seem like a long string of meaningless characters?

What do end users care? How do companies support their end users not understanding all the details of ARP vs. IP addressing. They don't they just make is seamless.

Re:IPv6 How will it happen? (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 2 months ago | (#47525943)

If you have a way to make IPv6 palatable, the world is awaiting you.

IPv6 much more end-user friendly than IPv4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47526361)

The only people calling IPv6 "non-palatable" are those who haven't used it enough to get acquainted properly..

As soon as you use it you realize that it's no different to IPv4. The string representation of addresses looks different, but so what? Addresses are hidden by DNS, that's what it's for. Nobody except techies looks at addresses, and techies aren't fazed by hex or they're not techies at all.

And for the end user, IPv6 is a total blessing, because it's self-configuring, doesn't require complex NAT systems for running multiple boxes on one assigned IPv4 address, and doesn't suffer from broken NAT implementations. And with NAT gone, firewalling is much simpler and cleaner, and also easier to control with each box on a different public IP address.

"Palatable" is in the mind, and in this case it's just another term for "fear of the unknown". As soon as you really use it, it becomes friendly technology within a day.

Re:IPv6 How will it happen? (1)

don.g (6394) | about 2 months ago | (#47526933)

V6 to DNS/NAT: you mean NAT64? It's a thing. It works.

But what we'll probably end up with is Carrier Grade NAT for IPv4, hopefully dual-stacked with native IPv6. There are already ISPs selling CGN IPv4 connections with no IPv6 support, e.g. most cellular IP service.

Carry on citizens (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47525623)

Yessiree! Enjoy our 1Tbit/s internet!*

* 250GB bandwidth cap still applies. Overage fees and speed restrictions and other bullshit fine print here.

Math (1)

fulldecent (598482) | about 2 months ago | (#47525819)

Percentage of US consumers using broadband 74%
http://www.forbes.com/sites/gr... [forbes.com]

Percentage of US marketshare served by Comcast 25%
http://www.dailytech.com/Marke... [dailytech.com]

Percentage of Comcast customers on IPV6 30%
RTFS

Percentage of people that use Google 100%
http://google.com/ [google.com]

ASSUMING NOBODY ELSE HAS IPV6 EXCEPT COMCAST 5.5% PRODUCT

Google says 4%

Re: Math (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47526429)

All your stats are for one country only, except for Google's IPv6 traffic which is global.

A lot of our internal Internet 2 runs on IPv6 (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 2 months ago | (#47525865)

Mostly hardened traffic, but there you go.

Pretty sure it doesn't get counted in with the general Internet, since you guys run so slow, and we have 100 GB/sec ports at most major research universities and military installations, and 40 GB/sec ports within 1-2 mile radius of those.

It carries a lot more data, but no spam.

IPv6 routers (1)

NormalVisual (565491) | about 2 months ago | (#47526045)

Can anyone recommend a SOHO-level router that properly supports IPv6? Right now I've got my desktop on a Teredo (okay, stop laughing) tunnel set up to a server I have colo'd which in turn has a real /64. It works pretty well, but it was a pain to set up and counts against my colo bandwidth, and of course adds a bit of latency. Router support for IPv6 may be moot since I don't even know for sure that AT&T has IPv6 rolled out here anyway.

Re:IPv6 routers (1)

rsmith-mac (639075) | about 2 months ago | (#47526347)

Apple Airport Extreme. They have supported IPv6 very well for years now.

Re:IPv6 routers (1)

Rick Zeman (15628) | about 2 months ago | (#47526473)

Can anyone recommend a SOHO-level router that properly supports IPv6? Right now I've got my desktop on a Teredo (okay, stop laughing) tunnel set up to a server I have colo'd which in turn has a real /64. It works pretty well, but it was a pain to set up and counts against my colo bandwidth, and of course adds a bit of latency. Router support for IPv6 may be moot since I don't even know for sure that AT&T has IPv6 rolled out here anyway.

My Cisco RV-320 supports IPv6 just fine on Comcast's network.

Re:IPv6 routers (1)

Pop69 (700500) | about 2 months ago | (#47526511)

I'm using a Draytek 2860 which does the job just fine

IPv6 end user footprint (1)

LessThanObvious (3671949) | about 2 months ago | (#47526469)

Published on Monday, December 09, 2013 www.comcast6.net

"Comcast's IPv6 deployment continues to expand, over 25% of our customers are actively provisioned with native dual stack broadband! The following areas of the Comcast broadband footprint are now fully IPv6 enabled - Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Houston."

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