IPv6: deployment timeframe? beta testing?

Advanced feature discussion, beta programs and unsupported "Labs" features.
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by paulcoldren » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:59 am
Is there any information available about Sonic's plan for native IPv6 on fiber? I've heard bits and pieces about "it's coming" for several years now.

I maintain networks with Comcast, AT&T, Webpass, and a handful of smaller business ISPs that all have it. All major cell providers have it. I've been pushing hard to get it rolled out on every network I touch, and it's disappointing that all my Sonic networks (and my own house!) still don't have it.

I've on-and-off used Sonic's 6RD service, but it's a pain to keep up to date when my public IPv4 address changes, and I've found that the quality of service (jitter, etc.) makes it infeasible to use for sensitive applications (video conferencing, etc).

I need IPv6 for my work, and it's frustrating that I have it everywhere I go except my own home.

I'd love to hear about an expected timeframe for the deployment, and if there's anything I can do to speed it along (beta testing, etc).
by paulcoldren » Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:49 pm
I did some tests this evening on Sonic's native IPv4 vs. 6RD IPv6 for residential fiber customers. The data backs up my concern that 6RD isn't a viable solution for people who need stable IPv6.

I ran a continuous ping to the same host (speedtest.sjc.sonic.net) over both IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously from two terminals.

Here's 1000 ICMP echo requests over native IPv4:

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--- speedtest.sjc.sonic.net ping statistics ---
1000 packets transmitted, 1000 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 2.262/3.294/4.213/0.198 ms


And here's 1000 ICMP echo requests over 6RD IPv6:

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--- speedtest.sjc.sonic.net ping6 statistics ---
1000 packets transmitted, 1000 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/std-dev = 5.881/17.265/442.477/36.846 ms


Note the huge jitter on the IPv6 test. In practice, this makes it unusable for sensitive interactive applications like video conferencing.

I'm really hoping there's some news about true native IPv6 soon. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help test it out.
by julianoster » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:02 am
I agree, native IPv6 would be extremely beneficial. I would also be available for extensively beta-testing this.
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