We are IPv6–enabled

Did you know the Internet is transitioning to IPv6? Ace already has you covered.

I was just reading the article entitled Australian telcos remain holdouts on IPv6 in which it was stated that only Internode and AARNet were the only Australian ISPs measured as being IPv6–enabled.

I’m not sure exactly what measurements were used to come to that conclusion (maybe they only measure the big fellas?), but I thought this would be a good opportunity to say that Ace is IPv6–enabled too!

By default, all new ADSL and AirStream connections are IPv6–enabled. You don’t need to click any buttons or check any boxes. We just enable it.

Existing customers also have the option of upgrading to IPv6 at no extra cost (although doing so may require you to purchase a new router should your old one not support IPv6 — for more information, contact support).

In addition, our web hosting, cloud hosting (including VPN access), and spam filtering services are fully IPv6–enabled.

Unfortunately due to limitations of our upstream providers, VoIP and NBN services are not IPv6–enabled yet, but we are continually pushing for this on behalf of our customers.

Sadly many ISPs, hosting providers, and IT support firms are uninterested in supporting IPv6, not necessarily denying that it is a good idea, but at the same not actually getting up and doing it.

For an ISP to support IPv6 is beneficial to everyone — themselves, their customers, and other ISPs. I firmly believe that supporting IPv6 is absolutely necessary to being a ‘good citizen’ on the Internet, and I would absolutely encourage our customers and other ISPs to consider supporting it too.

Not supporting IPv6 will further divide the gap between the “haves” and “have nots”. With inaction, the “have nots” will increase. Only with action, will there be “haves”.

For further reading on IPv6, we recommend the World IPv6 Launch website, or to test whether you have IPv6 access, we recommend Test Your IPv6.

Frequently Asked Questions

I can’t afford to give up IPv4.

You don’t have to. Being IPv6–enabled doesn’t stop your existing IPv4 connection from working. This is called being dual-stack — both work at the same time.

I’m concerned about security and privacy.

The routers we supply by default include an IPv6 firewall. And all modern operating systems ship with IPv6 firewall and privacy modes switched on by default.

What if I don’t support IPv6? My concrete bunker is built strong, so I should be right.

You may not notice obvious problems in the immediate future, however IPv4 connectivity will gradually get worse, and IPv6 connectivity will gradually get better. A few years from now, being IPv6–enabled will be a clear improvement.

But IPv6 tunnels make things slower, right?

We don’t use tunnels. Our network is 100% IPv6–enabled end-to-end, and performance is identical to IPv4. Tunnels are soooo last-decade.

I heard that IPv6 stains washing and eats babies. What gives?

There are a lot of conspiracy and FUD stories (fear, uncertainty, doubt) published about IPv6, mostly involving some kind of security concern.

Security is not a state of being, but rather a process. If you take security into consideration while you’re deploying IPv6, then you can address said concerns.

What are the technical details?

A static /56 prefix is allocated by default (which gives you 256 × /64 prefixes to use). DHCPv6-PD is used, but corporate customers may request a Framed-IPv6-Route instead.

HHERN customers are eligible to receive a /48 prefix.

Unfortunately due to technical limitations we are not able to provide a Framed-IPv6-Prefix via Router Advertisement. In future this will change, but in practice we have not found this to be a problem so far as the routers we deploy (NetComm, Cisco, and MikroTik) all work fine with this setup.

So will you guys be doing CGNAT?

(Explanation: CGNAT means not having a public IPv4 address on your router.)

Not in the immediate future, but it may have to happen one day. This is a problem that all ISPs will eventually face. CGNAT will be ugly, and you are best avoiding it by using IPv6 as much as possible.

I want to be IPv6–enabled. Can you help?

Yes! AirStream and ADSL customers, please contact support and we will let you know what needs to be done.

Corporate customers, contact us and we will go over your infrastructure requirements and plan out a transition for you.