Having bought one of the few modems on sale in Australia that support IPv6, and being on an awesome ISP that is running an IPv6 trial, I sat down tonight and upgraded to the v6 firmware. I nearly killed the poor thing by attempting to upgrade via wifi, but it worked in the end:

spyder@rei:~$ traceroute -6 http://www.google.com
traceroute to http://www.google.com (2404:6800:8004::68), 30 hops max, 80 byte packets
1 <snip> (<snip again>) 4.472 ms 4.460 ms 4.464 ms
2 loop0.lns6.syd7.internode.on.net (2001:44b8:b070::4) 43.598 ms 43.771 ms 44.941 ms
3 gi1-1.cor2.syd7.internode.on.net (2001:44b8:b070:5::1) 45.161 ms 46.352 ms 46.818 ms
4 gi6-0-0-144.bdr1.syd6.internode.on.net (2001:44b8:b060:144::1) 47.995 ms * *
5 te0-0-0.bdr1.syd4.internode.on.net (2001:44b8:b070:1::12) 49.397 ms * *
6 2001:4860:1:1:0:1283:0:8 (2001:4860:1:1:0:1283:0:8) 51.511 ms 42.576 ms 43.136 ms
7 2001:4860::1:0:9f7 (2001:4860::1:0:9f7) 49.014 ms 49.399 ms 49.635 ms
8 2001:4860:0:1::d7 (2001:4860:0:1::d7) 46.702 ms 46.886 ms 47.692 ms
9 2404:6800:8004::68 (2404:6800:8004::68) 47.922 ms 48.542 ms 48.984 ms

It has added a small amount of latency as I’m in Brisbane and the v6 trial runs everything via Sydney, but this is very cool.

(p.s. for the technically minded – no, I’m not silly enough to put my modem’s IPv6 address in this post. It’s probably globally routable, even if it is only temporary it’s static for the duration of the Internode trial :) )

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