So I recently attended a LOPSA meeting where I got to listen to a rather familiar presentation about IPv6, how to pitch it to a business and how to get started with it. The silly/fun motivation for getting it to work is to load up http://www.kame.net/ – if you are IPv6 enabled, the turtle will dance (more like swim). Otherwise it sits there like a bump on a log.
Well, this weekend I courted the fickle turtle, but after a day and a half (plus a router upgrade), the turtle now dances to my whims. I encountered some trickiness that others hopefully wont, regarding ATT’s uVerse service and the 2WIRE modem/router/combo unit:
- The 2WIRE won’t give you native IPv6
- There is no way to configure an IPv6 tunnel on the 2WIRE
- There’s no bridge mode that drops the NAT to let a downstream router that IS capable be in charge of your network
The solution was to buy an Apple AirPort Extreme (my Linksys didn’t support IPv6 and I’m too lazy to keep up with and constantly support a DD-WRT setup). Here’s the list of steps I performed to get up and running, hopefully written so anyone can follow suit.