Matthew Garrett (mjg59) wrote,
Matthew Garrett

IPv6 routers

I have a WRT-54G. I've had it for some years. It's run a bunch of different firmware variants over that time, but they've all had something in common. There's no way to configure IPv6 without editing text files, installing packages and punching yourself in the face repeatedly. Adam blogged about doing so today, and I suspect he may be in need of some reconstructive surgery now.

I spent yesterday looking at disassembled ACPI tables and working out the sequence of commands the firmware was sending to the hard drive. I'm planning on spending tomorrow writing x86 assembler to parse EFI memory maps. I spend a lot of time caring about stupidly awkward implementation details worked out from staring at binary dumps. The last thing I want to do is have to spend more than three minutes working out how to get IPv6 working on my home network because that cuts into the time I can spend drinking to forget.

Thankfully this is the future and punching yourself in the face is now an optional extra rather than bundled. Recent versions of Tomato USB (ie, newer than actually released) have a nice web UI for this. I registered with, got a tunnel, copied the prefix and endpoint addresses into the UI, hit save and ever since then NetworkManager has given me a routable IPv6 address. It's like the future.

Because I'm lazy I ended up getting an unofficial build from here. The std built doesn't seem to include IPv6, so I grabbed the miniipv6 one. The cheat-sheet for identifying builds is here. And I didn't edit a single text file. Excellent.

Tags: advogato, fedora

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