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Configuring IPv6 with Aussie Broadband

So, I’m with Aussie Broadband (ABB) as my ISP for my Fibre to the Node connection. Now, ABB are a young company that have invested heavily with a lot of their own infrastructure, additionally they have their own IPv6 opt-in program for their customers allowing people like me access to an IPv6 range of addresses to use for their home devices.

So, when I first signed up with ABB I opted in. Expecting it would be simple to setup – As I previously had iPv6 configured for my previous ISP, Internode.

Previous, to my Fibre to the Node connection I was running on Fibre to the Premise. This, reveals the source of my difficultly in getting IPv6 to function on FTTN. You, see with FTTP, if your Internet Provider is IPv6 capable, you would connect your router directly to the NTD and your router would negotiate the IPv6 Address. However, with Fibre to the Node, to run a separate router to your modem you need to bridge your modem. This is where I found the source of my difficulty – in not being able to have an active IPv6 network on FTTN.

You see, with the Technicolor TG-789 Modem Router – A common router that’s been provided by ISPs world-wide you need to turn on bridging. However, before doing this you need to switch off IPv6 for it’s WAN. Additionally, you also need to switch off the Wifi network that the TG-789 produces otherwise – This will continue to broadcast after bridging – In hindsight, you would think that when putting a modem into bridge mode it would just switch everything off and pass you through the connection – But, apparently, not when it comes to the Technicolor TG-789.

Below is a screenshot of browsing IPv6 Google – One of the many ways you can test IPv6 and it’s function.

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