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IPv6 now a standard offering from Internode

Internode has becomes Australia's first ISP to launch IPv6 as a standard service. It is available on an opt-in basis to both Internode's ADSL2+ and NBN customers, following a 20-month public trial.

Internode managing director Simon Hackett said: "Done right, most customers won't notice the change to IPv6'¦We've been deploying and testing IPv6 since 2008'¦We have also worked with many major router vendors to ensure that, at this point, all the routers sold by Internode now support native dual stack IPv6."

He added: "Internode is now examining the best ways to support further IPv6-related facilities such as customer controlled IPv6 DNS management and customer-specified DNS record assignment. Meantime, the fundamentals of our IPv6 service - the native, dual stack IPv6 service itself - is a tested, stable and supported part of the national Internode service as of today.

"In the future, we'll move to an opt-out basis, but for now, any interested customer can activate IPv6 on their broadband service and be assigned a stable /56 prefix of IPv6 addresses."

IPv6 addresses comprise two parts - the 64-bit network prefix and the 64-bit host address, referring to the 'local' network. The 64-bit host address means that even the smallest network address assignment has an address space that is much larger than the total number of addresses on today's Internet. Internode says it will provide a /56 static IPv6 assignment, allowing 256 LAN segments, to any customer as a matter of course.

"If a business network administrator wants a larger /48 prefix assignment instead (allowing 65,536 LAN segments), they simply need to justify that requirement to Internode in order to be allocated that larger prefix," the company said.

"With its abundance of addresses, IPv6 enables Internode to ensure all customers benefit from static assignments in a way that was not possible with IPv4. Customers who have obtained portable address blocks from other sources, such as APNIC, can have those blocks routed to their Internode IPv6 broadband services upon request."

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